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Chuggers! Love that term. Here we get the Red Religion Bell Ringers literally blocking the doors of virtually all businesses for a couple of months each year. I dread going shopping. They get pretty snarky and pushy when you say, "No, thank you," or just walk by. The local branch office is just as bad, and actually supports this behavior. We cannot support religions other than OurSect Buddhism, period. I look Elsewherian, as I am Elsewherian-American, and can tell them all this in fluent and sometimes annoyed Elsewherian, confounding them, but the Professor looks Majority American and cannot get away from them that easily, because, although his Elsewherian is fluent, he does not look Elsewherian. His solution is to either slink off unhappily or, if he has ten minutes, tell them ALL about OurSect Buddhism and why he cannot contribute to their faith or its charities, which dispense sermons along with the charity. Often, though, they STILL do not get why he cannot give money to support their religion! Please move away from the doors, folks, and please do not get snarky or sarcastic with those who pass you by. I guarantee your karma will be the better for it.
I simply say "no thank you" and keep walking. I've never had a problem with being followed or badgered. Don't try to reason with them or explain. IMO, that's just engaging the crazy.
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