On another vein, when I was little I never understood why people stood outside in the cold and rang bells or sang carols to encourage people to donate, during Christmastime. It seems like a needless waste of time. If four people carol outside a store for 2 hours and make $200 dollars (which, I’m informed, is really good for 2 hours), then as long as each person makes $25 per hour, they can donate what money they make without standing out in the cold. (Of course, we have to factor in taxes, which I haven’t done.)
I understand that it is “the spirit of the holidays,” whatever that means. I guess people are willing to sacrifice warmth for spare change. I still don’t get ringing bells/caroling for the Salvation Army, or the other organizations that volunteers willingly endure freezing temperatures for.