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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Taking Plastic

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LoKyBuckeye, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    There goes my "I don't carry cash" excuse.

    Salvation Army Bell Ringers Taking Plastic

    POSTED: 9:58 am EST December 9, 2004
    UPDATED: 10:55 am EST December 9, 2004

    PHOENIX -- The clang of coins in the Salvation Army's red kettles is being accompanied by the swipe of credit and debit cards this year as the charity equips some bell ringers to accept plastic.

    Officials in Phoenix, which made the switch Wednesday, hope it will attract new donors and help offset an expected decrease in donations after Target stores nationally banned bell ringers.

    "So many people shop with a debit card now. They just don't have cash, or extra change," said Sandi Gabel, a Salvation Army spokeswoman in Arizona. "It will be a nice way for people to make a donation if they don't have that cash on hand."

    Salvation Army kettles have been a holiday institution since 1891. The donations fund a range of services, including medical assistance, emergency services and food and clothing for the needy.

    About $1 million was raised from kettle donations in Arizona last year. "We knew we were going to have a loss this year in our kettle income, so we were looking for ideas, things to do to spark the interest of the public and our donors," Gabel said.

    Bell ringers tried card swipes at least once before, in 1997 in Pittsburgh, but the idea did not prove popular.

    "There's a whole psychology to it," said Ginny Knor, a spokeswoman for the Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army. "People would come over and look at it, then put their change in the kettle."

    Donors in Phoenix showed the same response Wednesday, emptying the change from their pockets rather than swiping a card.

    "I would actually go out of my way to get cash and then drop it back off," said Joe Posadas, 23, of Phoenix.

    But college student Heather Farber, 21, said she'd rather use plastic. "I never have cash," Farber said. "And I feel cheap just throwing in a few quarters."

    The card swipe machines are wireless and produce paper receipts for tax purposes. Gabel said to ensure security, bell ringers will be dressed in Salvation Army uniforms when the card swipe machines are in use. "They will be people you'd feel safe running your card," she said.
  2. Ginn4Heisman

    Ginn4Heisman Newbie

    i can't believe that they are doing that! I personally will not swipe my card for fear of my credit card numbers getting stolen.
  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    JFC. They've been out since two weeks before Thanksgiving and there's hardly anywhere you can go without hearing that fucking bell clanging.
  4. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    The Salvation Army really helps those in need. When I was very young, after a devastating hurricane, they provided more help than anyone. There are many agencies that collect money to help those in need, but the Salvation Army is among if not the best.
  5. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Why is it, then, that they are fucking invisible for 10 1/2 months a year and then for six weeks they're at every fucking store entrance with that irritating bell?
  6. OsUPhAn

    OsUPhAn Live while I'm young!

    I know like the sound is so annoying. What an inconvenience. I'm just trying to buy some fucking lobster tails and scotch. I don't want to be bothered by that fucking clanging for the 2.25 seconds that I walk between the entrance and the building. I say either do it all year or fuck off assholes.

    Get a life.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012
    Fungo Squiggly and Jake like this.
  7. TheStoicPaisano

    TheStoicPaisano But I didn't, so it doesn't

    Trying to avoid the Sticky Bandits.
  8. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    They are not invisible for the rest of the year, but the Christmas fundraiser is big. I hope we all can find it in our hearts to give.

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