SOUNDOFF VIDEO: What’s Bugging Andy 4/22/12

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I`ve been looking forward to this opportunity all week long.  Something`s been bugging me since Tuesday and it was all I could do to wait this long to unburden myself.  On Tuesday, I was buying a big bag of dog food at Petco in Clive.  I was using a coupon and was pretty proud of myself for remembering to bring the coupon.  The cashier told me it saved me about ten dollars, but just as I was about to pat myself on the back, she asked me 'would you care to donate your savings to homeless pets?'

Man, I had this coupon magneted to the side of the refrigerator for about a month.  It had fallen in Archie`s water bowl a couple of times but I`d dried it off... I rescued it from Elin`s destructive little fingers at least once. I`d pulled out of the driveway and then realized that I`d left it inside and started to say 'screw it' but then remembered it would save me about ten bucks and so I went all the way back inside to get it.  I`d left the house without packing a lunch but thought that with the money I`d save with the coupon, I could buy myself a five-dollar footlong and still come out ahead.  But now this woman is asking me if I want to give it right back to her in the name of homeless pets!

What am I gonna say?  'No'?  There`s a bunch of people behind me in line!  They`ll think I`m a total jackass.  Some goofball will pipe up 'I know what`s buggin` Andy... giving up ten whole dollars to help homeless pets right after he just spent fifty on dog food!'  I care about homeless pets, of course I do!  But if I say 'no' I`m gonna look like I don`t!

Why do we care so much about what strangers think of us?  I give plenty of money and time to several animal welfare charities and make at least two trips a year there with all our old towels, blankets, bowls and leashes.  I could tell the cashier that and keep my money 'uh, no, I donate plenty to animal charities,' and I could say it loud enough for everyone else in line to hear.  But they`d hear that and think 'sure, you`re just another greedy bastard who`d refuse help to starving animals just so you can go to Subway later and gorge yourself on a sandwich the size of a dachshund!'

So of course I said 'yes.' now I don`t know where that money is going or how it will be spent, but I do know this: if you ask too many questions of a charity you don`t look very charitable.  When the little kids come to the door on a can drive, do you demand to see proof of their non-profit status?  No!  You assume everyone is honest, and everything`s on the up and up.  And so I held my tongue, until now.  I`m Andy Fales, and that`s what`s bugging me.