Most San Franciscans know this scene: A group of energetic young people with clipboards want your attention and money. Pedestrians walking past Sansome and Clay streets register the fluorescent shirt, the readiness to pounce, before the solicitor can get out her opening line: "Hi, sir! Do you support Planned Parenthood?" With three more girls in the same hot pink apparel blocking the walkway nearby, there's no sidestepping this solicitation. You might avert your eyes, answer a nonexistent phone call, or mutter an excuse: "Yes, I already do;" "Of course, but I'm in a hurry." And then... More >>>
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People who donate on the street rarely inquire about where their money ultimately goes.