Not Helpful

The other day I was at the bank, and in the corner there was a young woman sitting at a table that was covered in leaflets and posters.  One glimpse of the situation immediately told me that I probably wanted to avoid whatever she promoting.  There was no question she was soliciting for, or selling something.  As I scurried out of the bank after I had completed my business, she brightly said to me, "Excuse me, Ma’am?  Excuse me!"  When I realized I had no reasonable way to ignore her, I reluctantly gave her my attention.  She continued, "Would you like to help missing children?"

Come on. 

I actually said, "no".

And now I feel bad.  I’m sorry missing children.  I do want to help you.  I just didn’t want to help her. 

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4 Responses to “Not Helpful”


  1. 1 Christina November 11, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Ditto. I saw her to, and totally said, “No thanks.” Don’t feel bad, I’m a meany too.

  2. 2 Meg November 12, 2007 at 2:29 am

    There are people on the street in New York who do this (and want you to provide them with all sorts of personal information) and some of them ask, “Do you like children?” To which I always say no. One rather person once actually resonded to that with, “well that’s very sad.” But not, I think, sadder than standing on the sidewalk harrassing people who just want to get home with their groceries.

    Which is all to say, don’t feel bad. After all, ho actually stops for those people anyway? No one I know.

  3. 3 elise November 12, 2007 at 6:01 am

    kate, i WISH i could have been there for that!

  4. 4 courtney November 12, 2007 at 11:27 am

    I always just say, “I’m sorry, but I’m not interested. Good Luck!” and run away. Remember that time we ran away from the Mormon boys at the bank in Minnesota? I don’t usually do that, but I’ll be mean to people who are peddling religion and/or politics. Those are things that should be left alone.


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