Posted August 16th, 2018, 08:30 PM
This is worrisome. I guess I am not among the "decent people" because I ask for the removal on every cruise and feel no discomfort.Each to their own Observer, it’s not that your not a decent person at all but as a typical Brit I feel hugely uncomfortable being forced into this position. It’s difficult to explain but to me the action of having to go and tell someone that I want my contribution to be withdrawn tells that person that either 1) I think the charity is not worthwhile or 2) I’m too mean to contribute anyway.
As for the owner matching contributions: Were he to do so, there would doubtless be complaints that he was bragging about his charity, that what he contributes to the charity is no one else's business, &c.
In any case, this may all become moot shortly if the new majority owner RC decides to pull the plug on this solicitation.
As for the owner / company offering to match the contributions, that is in no way bragging, that is an encouragement of their belief in the good work of the charity and a reassurance to people. Nobody is asking to know what the family/company donate but as it stands they are shaming people into donating without offering any sort of assurance that they donate a single penny themselves. People i’m Sure would take some reassurance from knowing that each dollar they donated was doubled and feel a lot less uneasy about the whole cloak and dagger thing.