Today was just one of those days that makes you really question your faith in some peoples humanity. I need to vent a little bit, so here it goes.... This year our department is doing the Shop with a Cop Program. We did it years ago, but just kind of faded away. This year the Chief asked me if I would be willing to do it again, and I gladly accepted the responsibility. I typed up a letter explaining the program and asking for donations which I started handing out this last Saturday during my shift. Today I continued handing them out, and was approached by a business owner who I had already dropped off a letter with. This business owner then proceeds to berate me about how I am doing the program. For some background info, our department is a small one and our area has few choices for shopping. Most people travel about 30 minutes out of town to do their regular shopping at the local stores like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, etc. We are also a community that has many families living below the poverty line, and the average income in our area is far below the state average. It goes without saying that our area sees a lot of kids that dont have the happiest christmas. This business owner continues on by saying that I need to keep everything local, and that she cant believe that I am asking for money so that I can turn around and take it out of the area. I tried to explain to her that I would like to do that, but we dont really have any stores in our city that will have the selections of winters clothing and items that I had planned on buying for the kids. (It was my goal to make sure the every kid gets a new coat, snowpants, boots, hat and gloves) I also tell her that she does not need to donate anything if she does not agree with the program. Now here is the real kicker..... She then proceeds to tell me that I need to support our city businesses first because all of them pay their taxes, so they basically pay my salary! REALLY??? I am trying to do something nice for some kids that could really use the help, and you turn around and bring out the paying my salary line? I then told her that I wasnt even going to discuss it anymore with her if she was going to start basically insulting me by playing that card. Ya know, it is days like this that really make me question some things. Try to do something nice for the kids in our community that could really use the help, and this is the thanks that I get. Now dont get me wrong, I understand where she is coming from about shopping local, but that really is not an option for us. I also thought that maybe around the holiday season that she could forget about her profits for a second and be glad that some kids would be getting a little help in the grand scheme of things. RANT OFF. Thanks for listening guys.