Guess my curse is that I actually have donated to a few places over the years. But then they smell blood and no matter what you tell them, they ignore it and phone at every possible opportunity to squeeze more out.
Many years back I donated to a university where a memorial had been established for the grandmother of my then-wife. Grandma was a wonderful woman and I was happy to do it.
Years later, this university somehow found my phone number or mailing address and solicited me again. I think it was a fifteenth year anniversary of Grandma's death so I contributed more to the fund established in her name, explaining it was one-time only.
The following year they phoned again. I didn't contribute and asked that they remove me from the list because there were three other colleges and universities that I actually personally had been involved with ahead of them in line. They said they would do so.
The next year they phoned again, once again I didn't donate and repeated my request. I was told they would remove me from their list.
They repeated it yet again this year with 6-8 calls that I noticed on Caller ID and didn't pick up. They are blowing off my clear statement that I no longer will donate.
I have come to hate endless charity calls -- the legitimate ones, not just the phoney ones -- as much as dinner-hour or daytime commercial phone solicitations.
"Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Einstein
“So what’s up with years of lessons? You still can’t ride a damn horse?!”
The only one i donate to over the phone is Operation Smile. However my late MIL also donated to them so i often get twice the calls despite repeatedly informing them that she has been dead for almost 20 years.
Actually I donate over the internet after a call usually when they have a fundraising match going on.
I grew up a block and a half from the Magee family and William P Magee SR delivered me
I wasn't always a Smurf
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"I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.
I usually just hang up BUT if I actually talk to the person soliciting, I just tell them that since they have invaded my privacy I will make certain that I will never donate to them.
I had one hell of a time getting Red Cross to stop calling every week after I gave blood.
The best was when a young girl called and I ranted and cussed at her. Had to really laugh when she said she didn't have to take that kind of abuse. I told her she was the one who called me and I would have no problems if she hung up! She did. Probably a first. Wish I could all of them to hang up that easily.
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!
The best part about getting rid of our land phone line was an end to those calls. They would ask for my DH often and even if he was sitting there I'd just tell them no. Sometimes I'd hang up on them or tell them he'd moved out and lived with his mistress now, when I felt creative. Mostly I just say NO when I can get a word in and hang up. Or just leave the phone and come back 5 min later to hang up. No, we didn't have caller ID.
I have no problem with calls from charities. Some of the calls I've gotten are from Doctors Without Borders, New Bolton Center, and my alma maters, so why would I stop donating to those great causes just to make a point In college, I was one of the student volunteers who called alumni requesting donations, so I get it. The callers have never been pushy with me.