Service of Ask for an Inch and Take a Mile

October 4th, 2021

Categories: Charity, Donations, Pandemic, Pedestrians

The idea for this post came to me as I waited for a delivery person with a dolly negotiate, and clear, a standard sidewalk transformed into narrow alley, before I could enter. I had to squeeze by other pedestrians–too close for my comfort pandemic or no–numerous times and noticed similar infringements in most neighborhoods.

Each instance in the photos here is an example of a business that has taken advantage of the pandemic to enlarge its footprint by encroaching on walkways big-time. New Yorkers walk. The negative impact of such obstructions will amplify as the city refills with workers, tourists and residents.

Taking such advantage reminded me of some charities. I donate modest amounts to a few throughout the year. In less than a month after receiving my check some bombard me with additional requests. My appeal to them: Wait six months at least, please! What are computers for if not to make possible spaced-out reminders by the fulfillment company that distributes the mailings?

If the strategy didn’t work, the charities wouldn’t do it. I’ve written before about a person close to me who had been generous when well. One year he responded to each of many mailed requests. The accountant caught what happened. Shame on those organizations. Soon after the accountant’s discovery the munificent donor was diagnosed with dementia.

Businesses and charities aren’t alone in milking hands that feed them and don’t know when to stop. Have you noticed similar instances?


6 Responses to “Service of Ask for an Inch and Take a Mile”

  1. Debbie Kunen Said:

    Debbie on Facebook: The amount of mail I receive from the charities I support is incessant! It is nonstop and very annoying. ☹️

  2. Stephanie Schley Said:

    Stephanie on Facebook: I stop giving if I get no thank you or repeated requests !

  3. Debbie Kunen Said:

    Debbie on Facebook: You do get a Thank You but the requests continue.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    After he died I wrote asking one charity to please remove Homer’s name from its database. No change. I wrote again saying I would no longer contribute if they didn’t remove his name. Miracle! Someone read that one.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    There’s a food bank that has never acknowledged a few very modest donations. It is a tiny one with no paid staff it seems and no marketing materials. A charity with a website and good rating by Charity Navigator has always acknowledged,

  6. JG Said:

    If the businesses prosper and make the neighborhood look good and convenient then I’m all for it.

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