Best Way to Ignore Street Canvassers

Fake cell phone conversation
Pop quiz, hot shot: It’s 5 p.m. on a weekday and you’re walking along a downtown street. You lock eyes with a clipboard-holding, bright-eyed volunteer 40 yards away—what do you do? You’re not going to donate any money. You’re not going to volunteer your time. You’re not going to sign some bloody petition. But you’re also not going to just ignore the do-gooder. What to do? Just fake a conversation on your cell phone. Suddenly, you have important business to attend to! Use words and phrases such as “profit margins,” “shareholder demands,” and “late-quarter growth” to prove that you’re too important to stop and talk. Mouth “I’m busy, sorry,” to that Feed the Children guy, and move along.