It seems unlikely I will burn for this transgression, but I usually feel guiltier about being uncharacteristically rude. In this case I guess I do not feel guilty at all.
There is a grocery store near the office where I grab a sandwich or groceries for home a couple of lunch hours each week. For about the last month there have been Greenpeace volunteers out in front of the story wanting to save whales, dolphins, the rain forest, etc. Most of the time I just walk by, do not make eye contact, do not respond when they toss out their queries. It is hugely annoying to me – I get enough donation solicitations to paper the interior of my house in a year – and I do not need to be accosted on the way in and out of my grocer.
Today I had a lot on my mind and was not paying much attention when the girl stepped up right in front of me and suggested we save the dolphins together. I stopped and asked if I contributed to driving them to extinction would that make Greenpeace leave me alone on my lunch hour? She looked shocked and said dolphins are beautiful creatures, worthy of saving, to which I replied busy people are worthy of relaxed and unbothered lunch hours, too.
It was not my finest moment. But then I found out from my coworker that this particular grocery chain does not allow girl scouts to set up their cookie stands in front of the stores, because to say yes to girl scouts means saying yes to every request they receive. Yet there is Greenpeace … every. single. day.
I may have to rethink my shopping habits.