April 16, 2009

Boy Scout Beggars


Have you noticed how the Boy Scouts have changed their money-raising methods to match the state of the economy? Now, instead of going door-to-door selling 10-pound tubs of caramel corn, they're blocking the entryways of grocery stores, asking you both on your way in AND out if you'd like to support their troop by buying a candy bar for 12 times its market worth.

Here are my problems with this. 1) I don't like solicitation in general that makes the customer feel uncomfortable. 2) This completely lacks entrepreneurship and ignores the laws of supply-and-demand when what they're selling can be bought inside the store they're standing outside of for far less. This is why I appreciate the idea of the lemonade stand.

There's a fine-line between begging and what these Boy Scouts teams are doing. What do they get for selling the most candy bars, anyway? A merit badge depicting a man sleeping under a newspaper?

Be creative Boy Scouts. I'm not cheap. I'm just picky.

8 comments:

Bobby Teenager said...

I completly disagree. From my breif yet educational career in door-to-door sales, I know that if walk around all day, you can get to about 250 houses and talk to at best 100 people. I bet 100 people walk in and out of the Jewel every 15 minutes on a saturday. The shear number of people you can pitch to I beleive will make up for any other argument. I think the boy and girl scouts are getting smarter. Why drag yourself all over town on a hot summer saturday when you park your ass in front of the store and let the hungry masses come to you?

Eric Olsen said...

i hope i didn't come across that i feel it's an ineffective strategy. simply an immoral one.

Anonymous said...

Let me just write a check once a year. Then leave me the hell alone. That goes for school fundraisers, too. But not girl scouts. I need those cookies.

The Great I'm Not said...

I'm an absolute sucker when it comes to these. I've never been able to say no to a little kid with a box of candy bars.

Bobby Teenager said...

Well, the point you were making was that it is an ineffcetive b/c people can logically buy a candy bar inside the store for less $. I fail to see though how it is "immoral" for a kid to sell candy bars in front of a grocery store. Maybe annoying that you are forced to say yes or no, but its not immoral. I think it is more annoying to have to answer the door when I am home minding my own business.

Anonymous said...

What a terrible posting!! You are a very cold-hearted person. Maybe if more selfish people such as yourself would donate time and money to scouting and other productive youth groups, there would be less youth-related crimes. I would rather donate a dollar or two to help support these youth organizations such as the boy scouts and girl scouts, knowing that these kids are staying out of trouble and becoming future pinnacles of the community instead of future crackheads...thanks for nothing!!

Anonymous said...

awwww!!! poor baby is uncomfortable!!! well, maybe if there is no more money to go around, then all of these horrible youth organizations will finally go away and you can see how uncomfortable it will be to have a group of unruly, gangbanger, drugged teenagers beat the crap out of you for the contents of your wallet...how about that kind of donation!!

Eric Olsen said...

the post was one of confession, not a persuasion for you to be as "cold-hearted" as myself.