This probably sounds churlish, but I am about ready to stop shopping at the area grocery store because every time I go, there is some group or another in front of the entrance begging for money. It doesn’t matter if it is the Girl Scouts or the fire department or a group collecting for a summer camp for underprivileged children, or students from a local school selling raffle tickets, it annoys me. Not to mention the Salvation Army bell ringers over the holidays. I can’t walk into or out of the store without being harassed. Can I say something to the store manager about this?
Certainly. It is likely that the manager is trying to show community support by permitting solicitation outside the store, and it is also likely that the manager sees these efforts as fund raising, not begging, but he or she should know when regular customers are unhappy about any situation. If others complain, too, a decision may be made to discontinue these practices. In the meantime, do your best to ignore the fund raising groups without feeling guilt or annoyance. You have no obligation to drop money into a bucket or buy cookies when you don’t want to.