GiveMondays, People-Watching and Being Suspicious

I haven't yet made a post about GiveMondays, it has been another one of those things I've been meaning to do but haven't got around to until now. I have, however, been tweeting about it and posting on Facebook about it quite a lot.

Today prompted me to write this post because we almost got into trouble with the police. It was fun! :)

For the uninitiated, GiveMondays is an anonymous community of people who want to do random acts of kindness. The way we do this is by giving out blue envelopes on Mondays that contain a tenner and a note with something nice on it. If you want to see some examples, the GiveMondays Facebook page has loads of great photos on it.

A run in with the popo

Today I was giving out my envelopes after work with a friend. We have a few usual routes that we do and today we were in St Pancras Station near Camden. It hadn't actually occurred to me before that we look suspicious doing this (especially given the advent of a large coat and moustache).

We decided to leave an envelope on an ATM. It did not occur to us that ATMs have quite a lot of CCTV near them. It only dawned on us when two police officers, plus police dog, walked up to us with the envelope and asked us what it was. Thankfully Steve, the aforementioned friend, was on his toes and quickly explained the concept.

The police just laughed. They seemed a bit shocked and bemused. One of them called us mad and said, jokingly, that we should be sectioned. After a brief chat with them, they told us they loved the idea and that we should carry on as we were :)

People can be frustrating

Giving out free money is a lot harder than you might envisage. Especially in London. Handing things to people is often met with looks of disgust and rejection. I've got into the bad habit of trying to hand people an envelope, saying "please?" and looking hilariously desperate, much to the amusement of those around me.

The following is a list of frustrating things that have happened during my GiveMondays escapades:

People can also be awesome

Check out these blog posts from the GiveMondays blog:

Why not give it a try next Monday? :) It's a really great feeling, especially when the person that receives it tweets about it.