Friday, December 7, 2012

Bell ringers

Yesterday, we all went to Sam's Club.  There was a Salvation Army bell ringer right outside the exit.  He had white hair and a full, white beard, and a good-sized gut.  And glasses.  He looked like Santa Clause.  Played with the kids for a couple of minutes (and quietly called the imp a "cute little shit"--which he is, but Santa?  Don't say that where a four-year-old can hear you.), and then thanked us for letting him play with them, and wished us a Merry Christmas. 

I think he was the highlight of the kids' day. 

And UC Berkley's student government would like to boot Salvation Army volunteers from campus because "Allowing the Salvation Army to collect donations on campus is a form of financial assistance that empowers the organization to spend the money it raises here in order to discriminate and advocate discrimination against queer people." 

Okay, fine.  But if UC Berkley can ban Salvation Army bell ringers from campus, it's only fair that the Salvation Army ban those who carry a Student ID from UC Berkley from shopping at their second-hand shops. 


  1. Are they also gonna ban panhandlers? Because who KNOWS what kind of discrimination they might visit upon people if they only had a chance....

    One of my least favorite memories of being a college student on a major liberal campus was running the gauntlet of panhandlers on a regular basis. For one thing, I didn't want to give money to someone who'd likely use it to drink or drug, and secondly, I was barely getting by financially myself. But some of the panhandlers bordered on harassing people.

    1. No, they won't ban panhandlers. They vote for Obama, you know.


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