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I just witnessed something I thought I'd never see. Someone soliciting signatures on the street for whoknowswhat gently turned someone away. The reason? "It's for fundraising."

Now I'm sure, like I was, you're even more confused. But wait, there's more. The person being turned away wanted to give! He responded, "Well, I've only got a couple of bucks..." and he seemed ready to hand it over. Yet he was denied: "No, that's your money."

By now I'm sure you're totally baffled. It turns out the would-be donor is mentally handicapped. Not severely enough that he can't walk around on a nice day and buy himself a sandwich (which he did), but probably not in a great position to judge a good cause for donating money.

My question, though, is, should someone soliciting donations (or pledges) turn away someone who wants to donate but may be incapable of making a wise decision? Should the solicitor accept a dollar from the donor to make him happy and give him the ability to fulfill the Mitzvah of Tzedakah?

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I am confused. Was he collecting money or collecting signatures? – Gershon Gold Feb 18 '14 at 21:04
The question allows for someone "incapable of making a wise decision" (tag shoteh) to fulfill the Mitzvah of Tzedakah? Who says he can fulfill the mitzvah? – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 18 '14 at 21:54

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