Post # 1
Anyone notice that people passing out flyers as you walk by have really upped their game lately? Before it was just “Interested in recycling?” or “Save the dolphins?” to which you can reply “No, thank you” and keep walking. Now, it’s “Don’t you care about the millions of starving and diseased babies in Africa?” Uhh, why yes I do? I’ll have two pamphlets please.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@RipleyC: I’m an awful human being and pretend to be on my phone when I walk past them. Largely because over here it’s not just a pamphlet, they want your bank details too!
Post # 4
haha a lot of the time it’s backpackers who are on commission so they’re very pushy! but yes, they have upped the ante. I try to pretend I’m in a very important/animated conversation every time I walk past.
Post # 5
It was really bad in my neighborhood in NYC. I was really turned off by the whole thing when one time somebody managed to hook me and asked if I would be involved and I was like “I’m not working right now so I can’t donate but is there some other way I could get involved?” and they basically said “Nope, see ya!”
Thats why I adopted the headphones and sunglasses rule when going out- even when my ipod broke, I would put headphones in to avoid the “Do YOU care about women?” etc etc etc.
Post # 6
They have definitely gotten better with saying things that make you sound bad if you say no thanks! So I just keep my headphones in, and pretend I can’t hear them if they still try to talk to me.
Post # 7
@RipleyC: I immediately tell them that I’m unemployed and I start asking them for money. They can’t get away from me fast enough LOL.
Post # 8
It was great when I was younger – I could just say “Sorry, I’m not 18 yet” and keep walking. Now, I either look straight past them and keep walking or I say I’m in a real hurry for a bus/train, appointment, interview, etc. Or I say I already donate to their cause on a regular basis – some of them are so bloody pushy, though! I remember once telling one of them I already donate to five charities (not a lie), and I really can’t manage any more. He still kept me until I gave him some information – so I just put down fake name and bank details.
Post # 9
Can’t say that I’ve been accosted by those types, only the occasional JW fanatic (“nope, I can’t take your watchtower pamphlet, my arms are full of grocery bags!”).
I do however get annoyed when the local Fire Department calls every year to request donations. I tell them straight up I am a BROKE mofo, and I can’t even afford to get a hair cut FFS. They respond with “How about just $20? Can you afford that?” I’m all (demon voice) “What part of BROKE MOFO do you not understand?!” Then they usually give up. Last year FI just shouted into the phone “Stop fucking calling me for money, asshole!!!” and hung up. 😀
Post # 10
I just smile and softly shake my head and continue walking
Post # 11
@housebee: Hahaha that’s perfect! I’m doing that next time.
Post # 12
My husband always goes, “no, we’re good.”
I really just walk by them with such a puss in my face that they don’t want to speak to me!
Post # 13
People don’t usually hand out flyers here, thank goodness!
Post # 14
I used to be great at avoiding these types, and then I moved to the midwest where you are an a hole if you don’t smile and say hi to everyone you meet. Lemme tell ya, it was a lot easier when I could just avoid eye contact and walk away…..