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"We have a really good listener question about this topic about asking for donations. So could you read us the question? Yeah, this is from Roberto. So Roberto says, Hello, I've been learning from you for almost two years. You three beautiful girls are like family. That's awesome. I'm from Cuba and I now live in the US. Okay. I have a question for you is about donation. This came to my mind when you talk about tips. I had made a donation a lot of many times and I would like to do in the future. But sometimes in a single day, they asked for money in different places sometimes about the same. 'cause maybe I don't have cash or can't do it. I I know it's a nuisance problem end nuance. Wait nuanced. Oh sorry, it's a new nuanced problem, and you'll love to talk about it. We learn a lot about the US culture with this kind of topic. I don't wanna be rude if I have to say no, I hope you can show us the best way. Thanks in advance cause I now. 'cause I know you're going to take my question and you love. Questions are? Yes, we do love specific questions. This is from Roberto SABA. Reet. Good question will though. Yes, we do. I really like this question. It is very specific good topic to talk about cultural all these different things, right. So, yeah. Great. Question referred, I agree. There's a lot that goes into this including connection, right? So a here, I think, you know, I mean, I'm just speaking about New York. I mean, many places may ask for money for organization, right? Maybe not always donation specifically, but maybe it's even something like the girl scouts like or or for donations like kids raising money for their sports team or something like that. Right. So it may be it's something more formal, like the girl scouts or just even, you know, I definitely see like kids on the street asking for things like that first sports or whatever. So you're right. So sometimes on happens is you give money to one and then somebody else comes or you pass more. And you feel a little uncomfortable, right? Lindsay. Oh, yeah. Oh, for sure, for sure. It depends on who's asking for money and how they're asking for it. But yeah, that can definitely be awkward. Yeah. I mean, it also makes me think of people trying to get you to sign up for a service on the street, like they're these like meal plans where meal delivery services on once I did like a free trial and like then you always see them on the street and they're still asking and you're like, why already did don't live me alone? I know. I know it's really tough or sometimes you have people with clipboards and their son. It's often like different causes. You know, sometimes it's or political issues like abortion, like pro-choice, things like that, and they want you to sign up, but it's just kinda like they see you on the street. See you coming and. Off, they always start off with like you look like someone who cares about children. Yeah, exactly. And then you're like, I do, but I run into work, you know? And and so that's a little bit different than like asking for necessarily specific donations. Those people may wanna talk for longer get signed a petition, something like that. So so today we're gonna focus on the donation or like at the grocery store, even when you're in the checkout line, you know, sometimes they say, oh, do you want to add on the money onto donate for this? And so sometimes you if you go to the grocery store multiple times like you do it one time and then you already did it. So I don't know. I wonder if this is cultural, Lindsey, do have any thoughts on this or do you have you seen this one you've traveled? I have. I don't know. That's a really good question. I would like our listeners come back to you. All is English dot com. Forward slash episodes and type ten fourteen in the search bar. Let us know is it does this happen in your culture? Is their culture of asking for money on the street for different causes? Do people typically give money, or is that not something that happens? I, I wanna know. Yeah, I wanna know. Two. Yeah. That's a really interesting topic, so, but what can you do? What can you do in this situation? If either, you know our listener asked, you can't donate. You already donated the money or you just don't even have money with you. Right? You don't have your wallet, you don't have cash, right? So what can you do? So what's the first thing you could do and has to do with not even speak it? Yeah, you can physically say, no. So how would you do that? Michelle? What would that look like? Visit, kind of like waving someone off, like kind of like smiling and giving a little wave like not like unfriendly, like get away from me, but just a little bit friendly. Like I think people are used to that, especially if you're asking for donations like I might feel rude to you, but they see hundreds or thousands even people a day and they're not going to remember if you wave them off. And like I said, it shouldn't be done in a rude way, but just a little way, maybe even like mouth with your lips that you already donated or something like that, or or you don't have the money, just give a little"
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