Charity seems to start at the cash register

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 17:16 PM.

Ancillary applications for technological advances are constantly popping up. I’m nowhere close to being tech-savvy so feel like a target constantly bombarded by tweaks and downloads and applications shot at me from all directions.

The latest magazine of bullets is being fired from more and more checkout registers in businesses I frequent. I’m sure these efforts for money are pretty much pervasive throughout the retail industry.

I’m talking about charitable contribution options embedded in cash register peripherals located at checkouts. During payment processes, they ask you to round-up change to the nearest dollar to benefit such and such charity. Or they may simply ask for extra dollars.

Whatever the amounts and math, giving pocket change used to involve folks approaching me in parking lots or at entrances and exits of businesses. Nowadays pitches are smooth, seamless and in most cases, silent.

But sometimes they’re not all that silent and I take offense when cashiers ask out loud for donations. I personally don’t suffer embarrassment because I always give but feel bad about others put on the “Grinch” spot should they refuse.

I give, regardless of method or target. I’m not particularly charitable but recognize every day just how lucky I am, so am more than happy to pay a personal “rabbit’s foot” toll every time the bell rings.

We all understand how technology sometimes causes products to disappear and this is an excellent example. Since these card gizmos and payment software at registers have become 21st century panhandlers, I suspect tin cup manufacturers are falling on tough times. Have you ever seen a buggy whip?



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