Ain’t too proud to beg
Apparently it’s unlikely to pass, but still, it says something that Hawaii’s House was considering a bill that would ban a common occurrence in cities across the mainland — trolling intersections for youth sports contributions.
Citing a need to crack down on youth sports teams and other charities that have increasingly turned to soliciting donations at intersections and on roadway medians during fundraising drives, the House Transportation Committee was considering a bill that would have banned the practice. …
Members of the community had reached out to lawmakers, saying the fundraising efforts were distracting and dangerous, and some questioned what children who participate are being taught about raising money for good causes.
“What is the message that these children are learning? I am sure there are very good intentions by the organizations, clubs that are trying to raise funds this way,” said Diane Terada, a division administrator at Catholic Charities Hawai’i, who testified as a private citizen. “I do not feel that allowing children to beg for money from strangers is teaching them a constructive way of earning money. This is one form of fundraising I simply refuse to support, as I feel there is no reason that children and teenagers should be put at risk on our roads.”
What do you mean, allowing children to beg for money from strangers isn’t teaching them a constructive way of earning money? Given how this economy is going, I’d say sending your kids to shake down motorists is teaching them an extremely valuable skill.
“You’d like to raise money for the baseball team as easily as the Artful Dodger, wouldn’t you my dear?
“Yes, if you teach me sir.”
“We will, my dear, we will.”