Our friends at Open Register asked their own readers how they feel about being asked to donate to various causes at the check-out counter and got little response, so let’s see if GardenRant readers would like to weigh in.
I’ll go first. I dislike the practice but only mildly. A related practice that I love is what my local organic food co-op does. Shoppers buying over $25 in goods are given a poker chip, maybe several if they spend enough (I wouldn’t know). They then take the chip to the array of big jars identified with names of various Good Causes and deposit it in their favorite, which will then receive a real-money donation from the co-op. I don’t even KNOW how much the store gives Greyhound Rescue for every chip in their jar (to name my most recent choice) but I hardly care. The chip-and-choose process just makes me feel good about shopping there.