OT Something that makes me suspicious. Should it?
I just got my second call today, and my fourth in about 3 weeks, from
someone saying they would have a truck in my n'hood next week and
wanting to make an appointment for me to give them clothes, furniture,
A) The whole method of finding things seems so inefficient. 98% of the
people with my phone exchange have a car, and unless it's big furniture,
ti's easier to take stuff like this to Goodwill than to make an
appointment. That's from my pov. From a cold calling pov, how many of
those they call will want to box things up by next week.
When I told them I took things to Goodwill and asked them to put my
number on their Do not call list, each person responded the same way.
Apologized, read off my phone number to verify that they knew which
number it was, and said they woudl contact their supervisor to do this,
and then thanked me again. . The procedure was the same in so many
details, I felt I was dealing with the same caller, even though they
gave different names for their organizations. Was it the same caller?
I did get a call a few years ago from a charity that has collection
trucks that I had heard of, St. Vincent de Paul, maybe, which I think
exists in Baltimore (and elsewhere??) but no one since then until the
last 3 weeks. Has some law changed that makes this sort of fund
raising more profitable?
This all raises another point. Maybe 3 years ago, all of a sudden in
store parking lots all over this suburban area (and maybe in the city or
rural ares too) appeared big metal boxes with big doors asking for
contributions to an organization I had never heard of. (I can go out
and get their name if you want) but it seemed so strange that they had
boxes everywhere -- the boxes are not cheap -- And why were they
competing with Goodwill and the Sal Army. Yet how could it be a scam?
... Well, it could be a scam because Goodwill makes money on
contributions, money it uses to train handicapped people for jobs they
can handle. So scammers woudl just keep the money for themselves.
Have you ever heard of such a scam?
Or was it some group whose heart is sort of in the right place, but is
so self-centered, it's ready to drive the Goodwill stores out of