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Somebody walks toward you, asking to sign a petition.

(Please be honest. I'm granting you anonymous immunity. =P)

- are you easily convince what the person says and you sign the paper? To get over it quickly so you could go back to your routine.
- do you refrain for signing quickly but instead make a decent research about the said petition then go back to the same person and tell that person that you made a decision that you're going to sign or not sign?
- have an actual debate with that person right there at that moment?
- just sign and go (like the car dealership)?
- what petition? The person with clipboard is hot and I'm thirsty.


In college, there's a lot of it. (E.g., Petition for SGA (Student Government Association) to grant funds to make students do more recreational stuff.)

Recreation vs education
Low end Employees vs students

Do you encounter any absurd petitions?

The show Impractical Jokers made a skit about it and they got away on some on the absurd petitions they proposed.
Posted 1/16/15
Someone asked me to sign up to fight Ebola in Africa.

I'm like....
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depends, if it's something that interests me I'll listen to what they have to say, otherwise I won't sign anything.
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Posted 1/16/15 , edited 2/8/15

AiYumega wrote:

Someone asked me to sign up to fight Ebola in Africa.

I'm like....


How would they exactly fight Ebola? What was the proposal? Who's actually going to Africa?
Posted 1/16/15

onibrotonel wrote:


AiYumega wrote:

Someone asked me to sign up to fight Ebola in Africa.

I'm like....


How would they exactly fight Ebola? What was the proposal? Who's actually going to Africa?


Medecins Sans Frontieres, aka Doctors Without Borders. This was during the ebola epidemic, and they were getting people to sign up to join them, go to Africa, and work there.


I declined obviously.
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i sign it with outrageous names like obama and stuff it messes them up and it gets rid of them quickly
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periah250 wrote:

i sign it with outrageous names like obama and stuff it messes them up and it gets rid of them quickly


I go with the name Paul Reeves.

I also used it when they ask my name at the counter while I'm waiting for my food at a fast food restaurant.
Posted 1/16/15
I hate it when people stand on the streets and stop me, "Can I have a minute of your time"... No you cannot, as am trying to get to work. And then they still persist to stop you.

That's when I become a rude b**** and keep walking.

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It also reminds me of how annoying human nature can be. You only talk to me when it benefits you in some way?



Posted 1/16/15
I'm really bad with those things.
For example, yesterday I signed some kind of petition and donated money to monks.
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sometimes it's too sketchy.. like giving money yea.. but signature (having second thoughts)
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I'd research the petition first. If anything about it strikes me as suspicious, there's no way in hell I'm going to sign it.
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I reject them completely. If I am in a public place I have specific things I am doing and have no time for garbage like that.
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I debate. I stop what I'm doing and chat with them. I'll be constantly asking why and what the petition is for.
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Being a high school student, a lot of the petitions in my environment are all online, instead of on clipboards now.
Of course, that said, it means whatever we're signing up for really doesn't hold much influence whatsoever, but I still like to listen and take it seriously. Until I realise it's for a stupid cause spurred by the whims of spoiled children with no regard for any consequences for others, and that half the people that sign don't even care about whatever it is.
So, when I find a supporter that wants me to sign, I end up giving a one-sided debate about the reality of what they're doing (to deaf ears, of course...)- but I actually do my research and take it seriously, even if no one else does.

...and that's why semester exams have been cancelled...again
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I decline most of them especially the chuggers. When I'm in the streets I am going somewhere or I have my hands full of shopping bags. I will not spare time to stop. A friend did. It was signing up to help fund a charity (rent seeking tactics), she asked how much of the fund was going to go to their targeted group in need. They said 25% the other 75% was their admin costs. I don't answer the door to those who come knocking any more. I'd reached my limit when someone came campaigning about children in India when I was currently involved in dealing with deprived children in my local area that had limited resources. I did an online petition once. I'd selected not to be contacted for other services or campaigns. I then received many e-mails for various campaigns so I'll never sign an online petition again.
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