(Warning Sally Army content)
I have spent an hour and a half collecting for Red Shield at my local Morrisons on Friday evening. I spent my time watching the people who shop.
One lady approached the internal shopping gates so slowly that they failed to open. She waited until somebody more mobile passed her into the shop.
Another Grandma used the shop motorised wheel chair. As she passed me I noticed it had a "flappy" control like the one used in Formula 1. The similarity didn't end there, she went through the shop with the same abandonment as Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone (always taking the racing line, regardless of ankles and toes).
Several people chose the entrance to the shop to pause and look at their lottery ticket. They usually stopped in the most congested part of the shop, causing a queue of people behind them. But nobody ever asked them to move on, they usually just "tutted" loudly and waited impatiently for them to move on.
It did make me consider my "technique" for box collecting. Should I:
Always look into the mid distance so trying to make it easier for people to walk past me if they don't want to give.
"Eyeball" them as they put their change in their purse when they are at the tills.
Thank everybody profusely. Especially people who give less than 20p.
Save the thanks for the people who give more than 20p.
Make sure I give people plenty of room to walk past me.
Get in their way so they have to say excuse me or give me money to get out to their cars.
Concentrate on people leaving the store thus ignoring people entering the store.
Ignore everybody in the store.
Hope I get a low amount of money so they don't ask me again.
Realise I have no control over how much I collect and they will always ask me as my mum and dad are running the appeal.
Listen to my iPod.
Smile at everyone leaving the store whilst whistling Army tunes.
Be cynical about the store advertising when you are there long enough to read the small print.
Thank the store and security guard for allowing you to collect in their store.
Try and keep a count of the money going into the tin. Then give up after £3.25
Accept defeat before starting.