STEVE-O AND JENOCIDE, 30, UPPER EAST SIDE
What do you think of canvassers?
I hate them. I think they’re annoying. They’re taking the focus away from their own country’s problems. Why should these people take money and send it to Somalia when we’ve got people starving and people homeless, and people suffering here at home?
Right here on this 200 block of East 86th Street we’ve got three different street fundraising groups: one’s Children’s International and…the others are farther down and I can’t make them out. I mean, to return to your point, there must be charities that work to help Americans, only.
Well, that would be awesome, but it’s not these guys.
How do you feel about the technique alone of trying to stop people in the street and get money from them?
I think it’s annoying. I think they should do similar to what a homeless person does: set up a shop. You know, sit there with a sign instead of interrupting people’s days. You know, we’ve got thoughts processing, you’re doing this, I’m doing that, and then someone comes out of nowhere, telling us, “Is that an umbrella or are you happy to see me?”, trying to get our fucking money and send it overseas to some starving Ethiopian child.
Let’s watch this Children’s International kid right in front of us do his thing.
I fucking hate this guy.
Ok, he just tried his pitch at a guy walking toward him wearing earbuds…
…Oh, you should hear this shit he says!
I feel if someone in the street is wearing earbuds it means leave me alone. …Yep, he completely ignored him. This kid must be new because he should know that guy was the least approachable of the cluster of people that just passed.
Yeah, yeah, that guy was tuned out.
What other lines has this canvasser kid said?
“Oh, look at that—you went to Sephora and bought something for me!” He said it to this blonde lady in her 30s, wearing a sundress and a handbag, and she answered, “Fuck you!” [We laugh] It was awesome. You know, these guys are like telemarketers who call you in the middle of dinner—they’re trying to inconvenience you and push their way into your time. That’s not cool. You should be able to donate money if you want to do it. Not because someone jumped in your face.
But these street fundraisers would probably make less money if they only set up a stand.
Yeah, more than likely.
Have you ever tried to aggressively sign-fly?
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