Something that is getting increasingly on my nerves this last year in Dundee are charities. Now Charities in many cases do a vital job in raising money for equipment, provide vital lifelines for many, raise awareness of important issues and are shamefully having to replace services that any decent society would be providing as a matter of course.
However, charities are in real danger of alienating many people, people like myself. I am slowly but surely getting sick of being stopped on the streets of Dundee by young charity workers from a host of charities, or more recently getting two visits a week at my door. When they see you are male it’s the pretty girl that comes to stop you in the street or take the lead in the conversation at the front door. They ask very leading questions that are all designed to set you up to feel guilty or lucky, usually both, and are in the main intrusive. I am finding that I am becoming more and more resentful of them, even the never ending adverts on tv that are also designed to pull the heartstrings but again rely on guilt.
Now this is a pretty new development in recent years this hard sell approach and while I accept that they have to find money to run their services they are going about it in a way that is just wrong, and very annoying. 12 charity bosses earn more than £300,000 per year, 32 earn over £200,000 per year with the average salary being £165,000 per year. These are astounding sums of money and for myself these salaries risk undermining trust in them, and any reason for myself to give them any money at all. So my message to charities, stop it now. Stop using guilt, stop using tactics that puts pressure on people and in some cases offend, and please Dundee City Council stop them from going door to door and stopping people in the streets. I know I can walk on, and a lot of the time I do but then I feel guilt and that I should not have to feel because of their methods and their insensitivity.