I like giving to the charities of my choice. I am not as fond however, of the solicitations that happen at store check out stands. At one place I am asked on the card scanner if I would like to contribute to a fund for homeless pets. At another, I am asked by the checker if I would like to donate to a foundation for diabetes research. When these show up on the card machine readers, I can decline fairly discretely if that’s my choice. When I’m asked by an actual human, it has the potential to be a tiny bit uncomfortable. I’ve learned to cheerfully reply, “not today, thank you”. But I looked like the ultimate Scrooge the other day at a large grocery store chain when the person standing behind the counter succinctly posed the question with the exact words, “Would you like to end childhood hunger?” Good gravy, I answered no.