pale.emperor '...Since when did cashiers outright ask you if you wanted to donate to a charity?'
I live in Vancouver, Canada. The cashiers at the grocery chain where I shop [Save-On] are always asking customers to donate to the latest charity drive. Children's Hospital, Food for Kids, etc. All good charities but it annoys me and others. Comments have been made in the local media about how customers are getting tired of it. I suspect the purpose isn't always altruistic. It is nice to brag that you collected $10,000 for this or that charity.