Mike’s Dump

August 14, 2006

Has the world gone completely mad? Part 1 Beggars Can’t be Choosers

Filed under: World gone mad — mikesdump @ 1:46 pm

I have always wanted to write a series. I have thought about writing a series on NAnt but Jean-Paul Boodhoo beat me to it. I have tried to think of a technical series I could write about but it all has been done. It can’t be just any idea either. It has to be something that I feel passionately about. An idea that gets me fired up when I’m typing. An idea that will allow me to connect with my readers (*yes, all 3 of my readers*)
Mike over at sideline gave me an idea a few months back. During the conversation he asked, “Has the world gone completely mad?” I don’t remember the reason he asked the question but at the time I knew the answer was obvious.
It has taken me a while to get started but I intend to demonstrate over several posts that indeed the world is not what it once was. If it isn’t there already it has already gone completely mad!
Beggars Can’t be Choosers
I took the family to The Outback Steakhouse this evening. Sandy and I were talking and she says,
“By the way. I was suckered {by a legit charity} into donating $25 buck to something or other today.”
“Suckered? What happened?” I asked.
Sandy: Hello
Solicitor: Mrs. Frizen (that isn’t how you pronounce our name)
Sandy: Friesen� yes
Solicitor: Blah, Blah, Blah
Solicitor: and if you donate� blah, blah, blah,
Solicitor: and children will be singing in the streets� blah, blah, blah
Solicitor: blah, blah, blah, it could even repair the ozone layer blah, blah, blah
Solicitor: most people donate 20, 30, or 40 dollars. Are you able to help us out?
Sandy: �,�, Fine� I’ll donate 20 dollars
Solicitor: 20 dollars eh? Could you do 25 dollars? Only if you are comfortable with $25
Mike: WAIT! Are you telling me the guy from the charity was haggling with you over your donation?
Sandy: Yep
Mike: That’s nuts! The world HAS gone completely mad! When we get home I have to add this to my blog. That’s just stupid!
“BEGGERS CAN’T BE CHOOSERS!” Anyone remember that? The only thing that could have made this worse is the guy on the phone saying, “$20 dollars. You’re wasting my time and hanging up on Sandy”.
I will never buy a product or donate to a charity that phones me. We give to several charities a year. The charities that we normally give to are charities that don’t call us. In my opinion giving money to a solicitor is like responding to SPAM. Try to make our world a saner place don’t give money to solicitors!

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