I absolutely hate passing things out. Here in Chicago you will frequently be walking along the street and someone will try to hand you a coupon or flyer from some establishment that wants your business, generally some poor college kid with a stack of flyers trying desperately to get the attention of just 1 person out of a 100 in hopes of walking away w/ a shred dignity.
Poor College Kid #1:
"Hey, here's a coupon, $5 off a gym membership"
Jag Bag #1:
"efff off loser!"
Poor College Kid #2:
"Good afternoon, best noodles in area, care for a free potsticker"
Jag Bag #2:
"good luck kid, that place has been slinging slop for years"
In addition to people passing out coupons, we also have these savvy sharp tongued folks w/ clip boards trying to raise money for dolphins, whales and wild life
"Excuse me sir, do you have time to save a starving panda today?"
Some get tricky:
"Hey fella, I know your looking at me....come on...look at my face... your life is in danger. The food chain is being disrupted and you may have to eat rats, please sign and pledge"
When I first moved to Chicago over 15 years ago I was taught the simple phrase "not today" by a college professor; of all the information pounded into my hazy college career, that is probably the one piece of information that has served me best in life.
I am constantly throwing that phrase out as I walk down the sidewalk
Do you have change?
Do you want to help a starving child?
Can you please stop standing on my foot?
In the course of a day I generally manage to turn down every deserving cause known to mankind, So Sorry bout that.