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Amorous Badger asks: Tell us tales of people who have a high opinion of themselves. Jumped-up officials, the mad old bloke who runs the Neighbourhood Watch like it's a military operation, Colonel Blimps, pompous bastards and people stuck up their own arse.

(, Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:22)
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Charity spruikers at the shops.
You know, Oxfam and the like - all trying to jump you in order to elicit a donation from you as you attempt go about you daily business.

My standard response - "I chose which charities I donate to and I flatly refuse to give money to charities that approach me for money. Particularly when they attempt to stop me going about my business." I usually will also point out that I do understand that as charity collectors they are usually itinerant works who are paid on commission but that won't change my mind.

So here a young lady with an English accent has stepped right out in front of me as I'm on the way to the supermarket asking me to donate to [insert charity name here]. I have my reusable bags with me and clearly have not come to the shops in order to make a charitable donation. I give her my schtick, rather than lower my head, mumble an apology and rush past as most of the other people do.
She looks at me incredulously. "Don't you think that's really selfish and socially irresponsible?"

I explain that if I give money then I reserve the right to chose which charity I give it to. I also point out that I often volunteer as I personally see this as far better way to "donate", my reasoning being that I can perform a service which can usually give far more benefit than a cash donation.

She cannot believe that I am saying such things and says so. She also feels that I am somehow suggesting that the charity that she is working for is not worthwhile and that any cash donated is not being used in the manner it was intended.
I assure her that as I don't know the inner workings of [charity] I would not know if it was on the level or not. I also again point out that as the "giver" it is my right to chose when, where, how and with what I donate to a charity of my choosing.
She ends our interaction by all but calling me a self-centered prick and saying that my attitude is morally reprehensible.
I bid her a good day and go about my business.

FTR - some excellent places to dump your money or spend some time volunteering.

The Cat Haven
Father Brian's Christmas Appeal.
Swan Animal Haven

EDIT: I have a feeling this is a pea. It's a pity no-one took BD up on his charitable offer to fix search, otherwise I would be able to verify this.

tl;dr? I donate money to charities, just not those that ask me for it.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 0:28, 20 replies)
I once had a man from Dog's Trust (or some such dog related charity)...
Demand why I wasn't donating. I said I only had enough for my bus. He called me a liar and I walked off.

To my bus. Which used up the last of my change.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 1:11, closed)
I'm sure a simple 'fuck off you dog-bothering prick' would have sufficed.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 1:14, closed)
I can't believe this cunt turned down an opportunity to say that

(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 22:29, closed)
Classic dull sociopath obsession with pet welfare.
Who would have thought.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 7:57, closed)
So Dr. Holier-Than-Thou
Name the charities you have donated your time or money to.

The links I presented are charities that I know do not make a profit from *any* donations. I know that because I've spent time volunteering at those places. That's also one of the reasons why I have put their links up.

I've got a list of places if you are really interested.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 8:40, closed)
If you prefer giving your hard earned
"Management dollars" to a charity that accosts you in the high street, where the money probably goes in to paying lots of middle men rather than drilling for poor Echeb's village watering hole then don't let me get in your way.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 9:01, closed)
you are so important
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 10:33, closed)
Really? You want to do this?
OK. I volunteer for two local charities - one which distributes food to homeless people and one which provides clothing and equipment to young mothers in need. I donate a couple of thousand pounds a year each to Save the Children and Water Aid as well as helping organise a company charity scheme that donates several tens of thousand - often hundreds of thousands - to a selected charity each year.

So ... tell me all about your fucking kittens. Or rather ... don't.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 8:01, closed)
Good onya
All that good coin in the karma bank must make up for the fact that you're an utter wanker. Well at least here you come across as one.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 9:52, closed)
I come across as a wanker because you're a charmless simpleton with no sense of humour and a chip on your shoulder.

(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 13:06, closed)
Praise indeed
coming from you.

EDIT: Also.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 20:55, closed)
Don't mean to intrude in a private joust here but
as a neutral, albeit a neutral clynical psychiatrist, I find your personality to be far less threatening than that of your present opponent. I would advise caution and no ASL.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 22:57, closed)
Being on another
continent is about as close to Shambo (and quite a few of the other respondents in the other thread linked to this one) that I would ever like to be.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 2:10, closed)
You're supposed to put this in a new thread
Not in a reply.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 23:57, closed)
Why would I answer a direct question in a new thread?
That's not how messageboards work.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 9:11, closed)
Fucking furries.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 16:15, closed)
Round these parts we refer to them as chuggers ....
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 18:58, closed)
I've had those cunts turn up at my door.
In public is neutral ground; chapping on people's door at teatime is cuntery of the highest order.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 20:47, closed)
Some of them are like aggressive door-to-door salesmen who just won't take no for an answer.
Yes, World Wildlife Fund, I'm talking about you.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 21:49, closed)
My dear daughter was sick and as I do not drive I was walking her to the Dr
and I went past one of these chuggers who started talking to me and I said "I sorry I have to get her to the Doctor" she shouted after me "You could have said no thank you, you don't need to lie to me" Needless to say she got a honda accords worth of a mouthful etc etc

Anyway, they're all pricks.
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 12:13, closed)
One of these cunts came up to me once and blatantly admitted that she couldn't be arsed telling me about the charity she worked for
She just wanted to give me her phone number, and some shit about going out for a drink, the fucking cunt
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 12:58, closed)

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