If you frequent downtown or Copley Square, you've evolved a strategy for dealing with the charity gauntlet - those earnest young kids in brightly colored T-shirts who ask if you have a minute to save the world.
Steve Garfield reports the gauntlet's in Jamaica Plain, too:
It seems like every time I walk by JP Licks, one charity or another is asking me for money. The solicitors work in pairs, and stand in such a way, to make sure they can approach every person. ... I don't think we should have to walk through this gauntlet of charity solicitors every time I want to walk down the street in JP.