I like the sodas at Chevron . . . they’re not restaurant quality, but they’re better than the flat, tasteless sodas you get at most other gas stations.
On the downside, Chevron as often as not has some donate-a-buck-to-charity shakedown going on at the register.
“Would you like to donate a dollar to CHOC?” the clerk asks as he rings up my soda.
“No, but if Chevron wants to take a dollar out of the price of that soda and donate it, I’m okay with that.”
If I want to donate to CHOC, I’ll donate to CHOC. If Chevron wants to donate to CHOC, let Chevron donate their own money to CHOC.
Don’t strong-arm the customers into donating, then pat yourself on the back for your charitable activities.