Posted by: alainnneart | September 8, 2008

But the same rule always applies… smile pretty and watch your back.

Non-profit organizations are really fucking pushy. Mind you, I used to work for a nonprofit many years ago but seriously, the State of California Policemen and Highway Patrol Association really needs to call off the dogs.

I am not insult our fine men and women in blue here; please understand, but the organization that keeps calling me for money. Many of my very dear friends are in the police department. In the past, I have worked closely with them on a few cases. But that does not give them the right to continue to call and harass me for money.

A few weeks ago they called and woke up SC from a nap. I had just spent 3 hours getting him to lay down and take a nap and they woke him up. To say that I was mildly annoyed may have been an understatement. Livid is a better word to describe my attitude at that moment.

“You just woke my toddler up from his nap!” I may have stated very strongly to the man, Michael, on the other line and quickly followed the exclamation with hanging up on him.

The next week: same call. And I hate to admit it, the same exact response from me. The next week was the same. Why can’t people get the picture? I am not giving you my money. If my police officer friends need to raise money, they can tell me directly.

Last week, “Michael” calls for the same for-profit company collecting money for a non-profit. He has this very distinct, husky voice. I interrupt him after he says, this call may be monitored etc and say, “look, I keep telling you people I cannot give you any money. If you can tell me how I can pay my rent this month, then maybe we have a deal” and promptly hung up on him. (For the record, the rent comment worked when the fire fighter’s kept calling me.) I figured it had worked.

This afternoon my phone rings. I assume it’s my cousin who I am visiting next month. I answer the phone:

“Hello is this Aliann?” says Michael in his husky voice. When I say yes he continues, “I am calling on behalf….” Blah blah blah…. “This call may be recorded….” Blah blah blah…

And so, zenful and mindful little me exploded. I mean, I went off like a volcano right on the phone: “I TOLD YOU I HAVE NO MONEY TO GIVE YOU LAST WEEK. STOP CALLING ME OK”

“Well mam, we want you to keep a lookout for the decals we are sending you….”

“AND SO HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PAY THE RENT?! I AM ON A DO NOT CALL LIST!!”

“I hear your concerns and I will just put you down for twenty dollars of support.”

What happened in a split second is not like me. I see red. I see white. I am furious. I literally shout at the guy “NONONONONONONO!!! DON’T PUT ME DOWN FOR ANYTHING I AM NOT GIVING YOU ANY MONEY. STOP CALLING ME AND STALKING ME. AND SINCE THIS CALL MAY BE MONITORED LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR: IF YOU CALL AGAIN I WILL CALL THE POLICE BECAUSE AFTER ALL, ISN’T THAT WHO YOU ARE SUPPORTING??!”

And I hung up. The end.

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Responses

  1. Alainn,
    It seems to happen in three’s they say, two wannabe takers already on the list… you have one more loser maybe waiting in the wings! Keep a look out so you can make a hasty get away; failing that, just take no prisoners!
    Seriously, I hope you are doing o.k… you know my email… Keep safe and well. In my thoughts,
    ~vonne

  2. They call at my job all the time. I have REPEATEDLY told them not to… they have TWICE tricked my boss into giving them donations. I no longer even give them a minute, I just tell them to take us OFF THE LIST.
    Jerks.


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