Lately, I have noticed an increase in the number of groups of children who set up outside grocery stores and ask for donations to support their baseball team or cheerleading team or cub scout pack. I thing this is odd, since I was involved in a lot of activities as a kid and never went out to beg. We always sold cookies or candy or magazine subscriptions. Maybe people would rather just give money than buy things they don't want. I wouldn't mind so much if these were kids who didn't have a lot of resources, but I live in an affluent area and I suspect that most of these kids live in one of the many McMansions around here.
This afternoon, three girls of about ten knocked on the door and asked if I wanted to give them money to build a computer lab at their private school. Um, no. See, I help pay for computer labs in the public schools, and if your parents want to send you to private school I think the computer lab there is their responsibility, not mine. And they can pay for your cheerleading skirts themselves too while they are at it.