because it's so much more fun to threaten boycotts. Oh, and post threads fifty times on the same topic.
Even with the loss of target (target told them they would be ending the SA's sole exception to their 'no solicitation' policy nearly a year ago) the salvation army is still short of bell ringers. I suggested to the boycott happy freepers they could step up and volunteer their time to ring the bells - but apparently target is the only one required to make sacrifices for the salavation army. According to freepers, their donations of a buck here and there are enough to qualify them to condemn target.
BTW, target donates $2 million PER WEEK to charities, including the salvation army. They also donate unsold merchandise to the salvation army. And they put themselves at risk of lawsuits by allowing the SA an exception to their otherwise blanket 'no solicitation' policy for years.
But some freepers are setting a great precedent - you can help out a charity for years, and continue to do so with money and merchandise- but as soon as you have to change your policy to protect your business, we'll call for a boycott -facts be damned.
Heck of a way to get more businesses to stick their necks out to help a charity...
posted on 12/12/2004 10:24:43 PM PST
(Every thought that enters my head requires its own vanity thread.)
Target claims to give back more than $2 million dollars per week to "education, the arts, and social services" ... wonderful. More power to them. But that doesn't really replace the $9 million dollars the Salvation Army acquires totally for itself in the month of December outside Target's doors, now does it? More charities should stand in the cold and receive their gifts directly from the public rather than through a sanitized uniform giving corporate program. Perhaps then more charities would have the Salvation Army's track record and do as much good.
Target has a history of making an exception in its solicitation policy for the Salvation Army. I highly doubt they will ever see a lawsuit for making that exception. And if, by chance, it happens they should be salavating for the opportunity to squash the litigation furthering the precedents already set by the Salvation Army in court.
Some people have more time than money. Others have more money than time. You do your fellow citizens and freepers a disservice by discouraging them from voting with their dollars as well as their time. If they can ring a bell, more power to them. If they can put a dollar in the kettle, that is an equally valuable gift. Don't insult a giver or spit on his gifts.
posted on 12/12/2004 11:47:30 PM PST
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