It happens at stores everywhere: a cashier asks you to donate a dollar or two to charity at the cash register.
Some shoppers say “not today” and make a dash for the door. Others give either out of guilt or a benevolent heart.
“I think for a lot of people, it’s like: ‘Oh, my God. I’ve just been to so many stores and at every checkout line everybody is asking for something,” said Beatty Cohan, a psychotherapist.
She said she likes these situations because they force the rest of us to pull our selfish noses from our cell phones and actually interact with the world around us.