When I was in college, the student union would have fundraiser about once or twice a month. Usually they would have a table set up outside the cafeteria and would be selling something. One day I was heading into the cafeteria for lunch, and one of the fundraisers asked me, “Hey, wanna buy a samosa?” I hate samosas, so I said, “No thanks.” But they kept hounding me, saying things like, “Are you sure you don’t want one?” “They’re really good!” “They only cost $2!” yadda yadda yadda. I again said, “No thank you, I don’t want any,” and continued into the cafeteria.
A few minutes later, I left the cafeteria to go buy a drink from the pop machine, which happened to be located behind the fundraising table. One of the fundraisers then protested, “Hey, no fair! She has money!” As if having money means I was obligated to buy something I didn’t want. I’d had enough, and spun around and snapped, “I never said I didn’t have money. I said that I didn’t want any.” Nobody from that table bugged me again after that. 0212-10
Assumptions about one’s finances or presumed wealth are best just ignored. You have no obligation to explain to total strangers why you declined to purchase whatever it is they are selling nor are you obligated to reveal anything about your financial status. Ignoring them would have been the cruelest response as it deflates any idea that their selling tactics are effective.