Shadrach wrote:1 ) Salvation Army collection pots in real life are clearly marked with the organization's name. Aggie's collection pot isn't.
2 ) As lilithanat says, the standard Santa costume isn't the exclusive intellectual property of the Salvation Army.
3 ) Does anyone really think Aggie, who appears by this time to have long-since embraced her gayness and to have been out to her family and friends for years, would volunteer for an organization that wasn't LGBT-friendly?
I have never seen someone collecting in a Santa suit, with a pot of that design, who wasn't with the Salvation Army. It's the same way storefronts are often left blank in comics (and colors, for that matter). Although the elements themselves aren't trademarked, you could say the same about letters of the alphabet; if it weren't for the PR nightmare, they could probably (not sure about non-profits...) shut down anyone collecting in this way. And Aggie, at least in high school, was an idiot when it came to these things, railing against figurehead monarchies and then spilling her guts the minute a police officer came knocking, lecturing Cyndi on animal suffering and then going out for ice cream, acting like Penny was somehow a symbol of bourgeois excess as she spends hundreds of dollars on an ephemeral prank.
Shadrach wrote:(At least no one carped on what the characters are wearing. Thank Heaven for small mercies.)
Bah! A trenchcoat that might well have come from the nineteenth-century? It's bad enough she spits on Daphne (and herself) with her money, does she have to so viciously shove her aside in fashion?!