Random thought

Several weeks ago I made a post about how I think Sonic car hops don’t like the debit/credit card machines because if customers don’t pay with cash but with a credit/debit card, the likelyhood that they would receive a tip from the change is greatly diminished.

I thought of this again as I was leaving Wal-Mart and walked past the Salvation Army bell ringer with no change or bills to donate.  I can’t recall the last time I paid for something with cash at Wal-Mart or the grocery store, which makes me wonder if donations for the Salvation Army are going to be down if more folks start to pay with plastic? 

Here’s another thought for ya . . . if paying with plastic just gets to become the norm, I wonder if eventually the Salvation Army will arrange something with Wal-Mart to allow an oportunity for the customer to donate at the end of the debit/credit card transaction?  So if your total is $9.25, you can have the option of rounding your transaction to the nearest dollar  ($10.00) and the change ($0.75) going to charity. 

Update:  I decided to email the Salvation Army about this idea. 


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7 Responses to Random thought

  1. stef says:

    I was at Tom Thumb yesterday, and I paid with my debit card… and they had the option for me to donate $1.00 to the Salvation Army

  2. HeyJules says:

    They do something like this at our local Pet Store. They ask if you’d like to round the total up to help the local animal shelters. I think it’s a great way to take a small amount and turn it into a big difference.

    Merry Christmas Geeding!

  3. ditto with Hollywood Video Rental

  4. carolyn says:

    Great, great, great idea! Please follow through to help make this happen and you may potentially do tremendous good nation-wide. The bell-ringing is anachronistic in the 21st century, traditional and ‘festive’ though it is.

  5. Roland says:

    some of Ft Wayne’s grecery stores give you this option for our cancer drive…….. should be no problem to do it for other drives…but, I’m sure only if they are asked..

  6. jamie says:

    I think that is a wonderful idea. I wonder if they have already thought about that or not.

  7. Shae says:

    They offer the option to round up at Lane Bryant clothing stores. The money goes to buy winter coats for children. My friend that works there said I’d be shocked to know the number of people that decline this. May they never be in need of a helping hand.

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