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Maybe it just makes them nervous talking to a stranger.

If they don't want to talk to you, fine, just move on to somebody else who does.

Very true, Id say 20% of the people that watched my display in AZ drove off even if I simply opened the front door. The familys with kids always seen to be friendly.

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Hmm I have a feeling i may be hated after this.

I am one of those people that do approach cars for donations. Even though here in sunny QLD the temperature is rarely below a balmy 28 degrees (celcius) some people still seem reluctant to get out of there cars and wander around the display.

We hand out balloons to the kids and explain who we are collecting for and leave it at that. I always thank people for every donation whether it is 5 cents or $50. (or $500 as we have had this year) We also heavily publicise who we are raising money for in the local paper and are at the point where cars drive past with their money hanging out the window for us.

We have had the question asked " How much are the balloons? " Our answer always has been and always will be. The balloons are a Merry Christmas gift. We are however collecting donations.

We are constantly trying to devise ways of being less intrusive in doing this. This year we let the bus drivers doing the lights tours know what we were doing. He let everyone know on the bus trip every night our reasons why. We had them ready with money and didn't feel like we were pressuring them because we didn't have to do the spiel.

This year we raised $1900 for a local boy who has been waiting for a wheelchair for 3 years. I would have approached 50,000 cars if it raised the money for him.

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I had out candy canes as Santa on the weekend in December. I usually sit down, then when a car pulls up, I wave. Usually, they will roll down the window, and I will hear "Look, there's Santa!" That's my cue to get up, wave a little more, then approach the car showing them that I have candy canes.

Most of the time, I am out there at the cars whne other cars pull up. I always show them candy canes as I approach.

I have never seen a car drive off once they have seen me.

~Jim~

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This should not really hurt your feelings. Some people don't want to roll down their windows for various reasons. They may be an anti-santa fundamentalist Christian or have some other reason. Maybe it just makes them nervous talking to a stranger.

If they don't want to talk to you, fine, just move on to somebody else who does.

This year a car I approached clearly did not want to talk to me but I went up anyway. The smell of pot was so strong it nearly knocked me over. So another reason people are hesitant is they are doing something they want to keep private. Or maybe they were not wearing nice clothes or didnt do their hair? :121_reindeer:

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This is where security cameras are VERY helpful. I can spy on the visitors, and they have no idea ;)

Yep, that's what I do. In fact, I have the cameras connected to a computer on my network, so I can see the feeds from any computer in the house. I usually have the desktop configured as in the screen shot below.

This way I can see all my cameras while using the web or other function.

Hopefully by next year, I'll have all cameras functional.

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Yep, that's what I do. In fact, I have the cameras connected to a computer on my network, so I can see the feeds from any computer in the house. I usually have the desktop configured as in the screen shot below.

This way I can see all my cameras while using the web or other function.

Hopefully by next year, I'll have all cameras functional.

Nice setup!

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