savemefrombadrp (savemefrombadrp) wrote in bad_service,

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Charity Telemarketers gone bad

We mostly ignore what we believe are calls from telemarketers. Usually this is VERY easy, as anything with 1-800 or 1-877 (1-800-FUCK'EM!) is picked out on Call Display and pointedly ignored.

Once in a while there will be charity-based telemarketers who have numbers that aren't easy to isolate as being telemarketerish.

So one day, I pick up the phone. Some guy starts into this spiel about some magic show and tickets to it as a benefit for breast cancer thing. I don't even remember the name of the act, but the guy was trying to say that the act was a "pretty well-known magician". I was like "Dude I've never heard of him before." And the show was in a town 45 min away, and I had no way of getting there, if I had the inclination (which I did not). So I'm telling this guy, "Sorry, can't afford it."

Guy then asks if he can send something by mail, I said no, I'm on a fixed income, I can't afford to donate anything now.

Guy immediately cops an attitude. I forget exactly what he said, but it was something like what about if someone in my family got breast cancer. I get disgusted and finally manage to get to the point where I can say goodbye and hang up.

A few days later, another call like this comes in, and my brother answers the phone. I don't know if it was the same guy, but it was definitely from the same organization. When my brother was in a refusal mode, guy got rude and copped an attitude and my brother hung up in disgust.

Seriously. Charities are shooting themselves in teh foot by hiring such douchebags. Where's the Do Not Call List when you need one?
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