Monday, August 27, 2012

Oh Hai. GET A JOB.

I got home the other day to find a flyer in my door for a bottle drive. Not unusual; the boy scouts come around a couple of times a year to raise money for their summer camp. And the mail carrier collects food for the local pantry a couple of times a year, also.

But this solicitation gave me pause, because it was for an individual. A local high school student who wants to go to a one-month art-school program and is raising money for expenses. She wanted everybody to leave cans at the end of their driveways on a certain date so she could take them and cash them in.

I ... don't know. I mean, if it was a fundraiser for a local kid who had cancer or something, OF COURSE. But a high school junior who wants to attend a special art-school program? Raising money door-to-door? Without, like, selling candy bars or something? Just, "Give me your cans! Because!"

Call me a curmudgeon, but it just seems wrong. For one thing, I live in a well-off school district. It's not like it's some kid from the projects or something. Maybe little princess should ask daddy to sell some stocks or something instead. Or go get a damn job at McDonald's. Yeah, how about you work for the money, honey? And second, this feels vaguely like the firemen with their damn BOOTS at the INTERSECTIONS, which I also despise. DO NOT SHOVE YOUR BOOT IN MY CAR WINDOW, FIREMAN. I WILL CUT YOU.

Holy crap, it sure is Monday, isn't it? Get off my lawn.


Becs said...

The art school kid has jumped the shark. If she had cancer or some other dreadful disease, she'd be there in a snap.

Aren't we all being just a little snarky lately? Hm?

spiffi said...

The last few times I've been to the local Target, I've noticed a group of people hanging out near the Oil Change place - with hoses and buckets and calling out "car wash"

Now - I'm all for kids working their asses off washing cars to raise money for stuff - but the first group of kids was a handful of teenagers - *barely* still in high school - and no signs, nothing to indicate what they're raising money for.

But the last couple times, it's been middle aged men - the same Mexican dudes who normally stand outside Home Depot looking for day labor work -, just no.

rockygrace said...

Becs, yeah, snark level is definitely high. Around here, anyway. :)

and spiffi, hmmm, I don't think I'd want some middle-aged dude washing my car for beer money. That's just creepy.

I don't know - my first "real" job was as a cashier at a grocery store. Hi-Way Fruit Market, represent! And before I was old enough to *legally* work, I babysat. I earned my money the old-fashioned way, dammit! And I walked uphill in the snow both ways to school.