Fed up with the phone calls

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I just got off the phone with yet another group soliciting funds. Where does this all end?

I know charities and foundations must raise money for their various good causes, but there has to be a better way than harassing people on the phone all day long.  

It has gotten so bad here that I don’t even recognize a legitimate calls from my bank or my insurance company, etc.

My first reaction is to say “no thank you.” I make my contributions either to my local church, and some charities that I choose to donate to, and I do this by my envelope being placed in the church collection plate, or I send a cheque to those charities that have contacted me via mail.  

I have made a conscious decision that I will not donate over the phone ever again.

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Once they get your name and phone number you are doomed for the rest of your life, it seems.  

Once again, I do not want to come down on the charities themselves, just the way the members go about contacting you, or playing a recorded message, over your phone, and then when you say no thank you, they suggest you give $100 rather than $200.  

Holy cow, how many can give $200 to every charity that calls them? Not me, that’s for sure.

I have put a block on my phone but still the calls come in, sometimes up to a dozen a day.

 A friend of mine was so frustrated with the calls one day she actually pulled her phone out of the wall and beat it up with a hammer.

Please help …

I don’t think I would go that far, but there are days I can scream really loud when someone on the other end of my phone starts in with a rehearsed spiel about how grateful they are for my past contributions and would I double my donation this time?

I’m not sure how many others feel as strongly as I do about this telephone-athon, but I know I am just about at my wit’s end. Yesterday I hung up on a call that sounded very much like a money-call and I found out later that it was from my bank. I had to apologize for the error.

I hope you print this in your paper, so that others who are bothered by this constant asking for money over the phone know they are not alone.

I feel there should be some kind of law against this type of soliciting.

Better go now — my phone is ringing, and sure enough, it is one of those very long phone numbers that generally indicate someone is going to ask me for money … oh me nerves!

Diane Butler

Bell Island

Organizations: Fed

Geographic location: Diane ButlerBell Island

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  • Ed Power
    October 10, 2012 - 19:15

    I feel your pain, Diane. It cost me $80 bucks to purchase an answering machine, and another $10 bucks per month for Call Display, just so I don't have to answer the bloody phone. Meanwhile, the phone scammers and snake oil sellers also pay the phone company to ensure that their name and/or number doesn't show up on my Call Display. Either way, Ma Bell profits. Ain't free enterprise great?

  • Nessie
    October 10, 2012 - 11:51

    I was donating to that group until I realized that they were calling me more than once per year. Now that I have discovered that I am not interested in donating to them any more. Also I was told that Auxiliary operates to pay their Union Dues combined with a charitable donation to a worthy group. I don't know if that is correct but I was told that it was the reason it operates and maybe the Auxiliary can confirm or deny the statement.

  • Eli
    October 09, 2012 - 20:15

    Is the RNC Auxiliary subject to the no-call listing? Do they do their own soliciting or is it done by a phone center? Whatever, it's getting to be bigger pain in the butt every year....and in addition, the same voice solicits for kids hockey.

  • Mike
    October 09, 2012 - 06:29

    Agreed.

    • David
      October 09, 2012 - 10:56

      Changing your phone number is a perfect solution. You then give your new number only to those who really need it and this can be done very simply through emails. I now have perfect telephone peace and I know that every call is from someone of my choosing.