Cloud asks (on her twitter, but we’re going to answer here anyway):
Clearly it is time to come up w/my personal policy on buying random crap from coworkers’ kids. So, twitter? Do I buy the gift wrap?
#1: My policy is to ignore it unless personally asked, which I realize leads to bad motivation if I don’t want to be asked for money, as it rewards people bothering me. But I’m only human and bad at saying no to good causes, especially education-related. I never buy the crap unless I really want girl scout cookies, and the past few years I actually haven’t. But I will give a cash donation. I never have cash on me, so it’s always a two part process in which I say, I will give you cash tomorrow if you remind me. Then at home I get cash from my partner. Then I completely forget I have it the next day and the person never reminds me. But on day 3, I remember, generally after fishing the cash out of my pocket the night before and feeling embarrassed, and money exchanges hands.
I never ask my coworkers for money for my various causes (well, unless they offer first). If the school wants to do a fundraiser I just give them the money and don’t sell the crap. Schools get so little from these fundraisers compared to what you buy, and the chocolate is so bad (unless it’s See’s, but it isn’t See’s here), that if I give $5 instead of spending $15 on something I don’t want, we’re all better off. Except the companies that make money off of this whole facade.
#2: I do not buy from kid fundraisers, not even in my own family. I’m a bitch like that.
What do you do when your coworkers ask for donations/fundraising orders? Do you ask your coworkers to buy things?