WTF - Forced Donations?
Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:47 PM
But there comes a point where you are just tapped out financially and can't donate to a bunch of places... as is our case at the moment. So the local firesquad is doing a telephone drive for families of fallen firefighters. Normally this is something we'd do, but I'm trying to limit our outgoing $$ this month. Well I've found out this place basically commited us to making a donation. They can't do that right?!
The phone call goes something like this:
Him: Hello, Mrs. L---?
Him: This is --- from the --- firesquad. We are sending you a packet for our Families of Fallen Firefighters [he then goes on to explain the cause]. So, can we commit you to the very small donation of $35 or the more helpful $50 donation?
Me: Um, I'm sorry, we won't be donating at this time.
Him: Ma'am, are you over 18? You sound like a child.
Me: Uh, yes, I'm over 18!
Him: Ok, so we can commit you to $50 then. We will be sending you the package in the mail. We have your definite commitment that you will be making the donation.
Me: No, I never said I was commiting.
Him: You should get the packet in a few days. Have a good one.
What. The. F-ck?!?!
Is this a scam? I ask because we had a similar call from the police department last month, and DH did actually commit to sending $35 and the packet looked official, but I don't know. I thought this was kind of rude. Now I definitely don't want to give them money, even if it's legit because that is just bullsh!t. You can't committ someone to donating right?
Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:51 PM
Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:52 PM
that is weird!
Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:53 PM
Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:56 PM
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 04:07 PM
I also just realized the call came from an unknown number... which I guess normally isn't sketchy, but for some reason I believe the legitimacy of the call even less now.
Thanks ladies. I think I will just toss the packet. It's not like I'm going to get a negative mark on my credit or anything... that's what I was worried about for a moment. That it would be like some sort of unpaid bill. I wasn't sure.
Posted 26 December 2007 - 04:12 PM
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