The Little Gypsy peddlers are here!

United States
September 30, 2007 11:17pm CST
Once again it is school fundraiser season, and I hate it! I feel bad in a way, since we basically turn away every little kid that comes to the door seeling gift wrap and candy, but at the same time I would feel worse if we bought form one and then no one else. Really though, I am sort of confused.... Even ten years ago, my mother wouldn't dare let us go door to doorr selling stuff, we called some friends and family and that was that. Yeah sure, we never won any of the really "great prizes" they had for being top sellers, but she just didn't feel safe sending us all over the nieghborhood (and we grew up in a pretty nice one) to peddle stuff. How is it that people would send their children, seemingly unsupervised, out to do this? We have had at least ten different kids knocking on our door or ambushing us out on the patio trying to get us to buy stuff, several of them QUITE insistent that we do. Never a parental unit in sight either!! That to me seems to very unsafe! These kids are all pretty young, elementary school aged. Who still allows - or does not allow thier kids to do this? How do other people feel about this? I would never let my niece (her mom agrees with me) go out on her own, or even with us, to strangers like this! I just don't get it I guess... Anyways, curious to know how others feel!
2 responses
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Oct 07
LOL My Niece and Nephew have those fundraisers all year and they make me nuts with them. When we had foster kids, I refused to let them do it b/c I had to be the one resposible for the whole thing. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• United States
1 Oct 07
I totally understand not wanting to take responsibility for it - it can really add up if people don't want to pay for the stuff they ordered and it's even worse when the things they already paid for don't come in!! Talk about a disgruntled customer! Wise decision on your part!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Not only would I have to pay for any orders that the ppl didn't pay for but I'd have to replace any money or merchandise that mysteriously disappeared with the foster kids. No Way!! I called the school and let them know that none of our kids were allowed to participate in the fundraisers. I was not going to end up in that nightmare. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
• United States
1 Oct 07
We just moved and my son had to switch schools. His old shool didn't do any fundraisers at all, but this new one does. I don't let him go to strangers houses and try to get them to buy the stuff, but I do allow him to go to the neighbors that we know and family members. I know that the streets in our world are not safe for our children to go about on their own, and you never know what can happen if you don't know the people. The school holds an assembly before each fundraiser and they tell the children that they can't go door to door trying to sell the items, to only go to people you know. I think it depends on the parent whether or not they allow their children to run about unattended to strangers homes, I don't allow my son to do this.
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• United States
1 Oct 07
You sound like a well grounded, responsible parent! He's a lucky kid! Good luck with your fall fundraiser! I bet he will do well with the people he knows!