Wal-Mart Complaint - Solicitors on Wal Mart Property
IRONDALE, ALABAMA -- I am writing to express my view on the Wal Mart storeís policy of allowing organiztions to solicit money from people who are patronizing their stores. I do not like being asked for donations when I enter or exit any store. If Wal Mart believes enough in the organization to allow them to solicit money on their property, then why donít you allow them to pick up trash from the parking lot, mow grass around your stores, wash windows, bring shopping carts in, or sponsor a car wash instead and donate the money from your corporation? Those volunteers could even assist people with their purchases. Or you could allow them to set up a booth a specified distance away from the entrance and exit doors. Case in point: Yesterday, I was in a hurry and wanted to pick up 3 or 4 items from the Irondale store. A man was standing in front of the store with a large bucket and a vest proclaiming him to be representing a disabled veteranís association. He wanted me to give a donation and I politely smiled and shook my head no. He made a rude comment that I did not like. I proceeded into the store and immediately exited through the garden shop to avoid meeting this man again. I was very offended and intimitated by this man. I realize that he is not an employee of Wal Mart but he is soliciting on your property with your permission.
One exception would be the Salvation Army. I belive they have a worthy cause and I have never seen a volunteer for the Salvation Army be anything but extremely polite to every person. Furthermore, I know that they are a legitimate charity. I had no way of knowing at the time if the rude manís association was legitimate or not.