October 12, 2017 Evie+Sarah 1Comment

Q. Is it rude to refuse kids selling cookies, but offer a donation? I do not like the cookies and prefer to donate an amount equal to the profit they make on the sales. A parent of one of the kids selling cookies told me I was disruptive and rude.


A. To answer your question succinctly, it is definitely not rude to refuse the cookies! As sweet as is it to purchase anything from children trying to raise money for a good cause, you are in no way obligated to shell out your hard-earned cash for something you don’t enjoy. Making a monetary donation is a totally reasonable and generous alternative!

When it comes to kids fundraising, I think we all have a soft spot for them and we’re more likely to pull out our wallets. But if you really feel like you can’t contribute, or don’t want to, you can always…

  1. thank them for coming
  2. tell them you have another charity you regularly make donations to
  3. and wish them good luck with their fundraiser.

As for the adult chaperone saying you were “disruptive and rude,” that was waaaayout of line and, frankly, not to bright given that he or she should be trying to sell you and thank you, not insult you.

Sounds like you took the high road, and that’s always something to be proud of!

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One thought on “Is It Rude to Refuse Kids Selling Cookies?

  1. I think it’s great that the question writer offered a donation, but depending on the rules of the organization they may not have been allowed to accept one. Still, there’s no call for what that parent said. I completely agree that the parent in question was the one being rude.

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