1. We know all the super depressing statistics and sometimes quote them around our friends.
2. We can recite our charity pitch, word-for-word, on command. Not that anyone ever asks us to.
3. Our energy drink intake can be disturbingly high.
4. We have experienced so many weird reactions to casual questions.
5. Because people can have a secret dark side when it comes to saying no to charity.
6. We're always quite proud when we come up with a new variation of the pitch, like an amazing joke.
7. If it’s cold, wet, or we’re having a really bad day, we really hope for someone to invite us inside for a cup of tea.
8. … But we also have a ready-to-go excuse for anyone that invites us inside when we really, really don’t want to.
9. There’s always that one guy who seems to get way more sign-ups than everyone else.
10. Realising how a tiny bit of politeness can make someone’s day has made us infinitely kinder ourselves.
11. We often judge people on everything – their houses, their clothes, their response to us – because it’s the only fun we get to have all day.
12. And it's generally true that the richer the person, the more unfriendly that person will be towards us.
13. Deep down, most of us hate bothering you.
14. We’ve perfected the art of asking to use a complete stranger’s bathroom.
15. … But we try to save the bathroom question for the houses that we really want to see the inside of.
16. We know all the secret excuses that people can’t say no to.
17. There’s an office we call every time we get a sign-up.
18. We might start off super shy, but by the time we’ve talked to hundreds of people we sort of just forget to be shy.
19. The days are long, the people are mean, and the work is hard – so that one person that takes time out to be kind to us makes all the difference.
Note: This post is based on one person’s experiences.