Saturday, 6 April 2013
Where can I get a cutting of the root of all evil?
In the past four days I have had my evening meal interrupted 3 times by fund-raisers from charities to which I already donate asking me to consider giving by direct debit.
Now not only do I object very strongly to being harangued (however politely) by phone and in my precious evening, feed and relax time, but the fact that they are bombarding me with requests to do what I have already refused to do, is driving me nuts.
I have written many times in this blog about my system of giving, and I always make it plain that the only way I am prepared to give is using my carefully thought out system.
This evening's caller was quite put out when I said "no, I prefer to give on a rota system and am not prepared to take on any more direct debits".
Yes, I suspect I do actually know why. Obviously a regular commitment means it would be harder for me to refuse than an ad hoc appeal.
I pointed out that I do not have an endless supply of spare cash, nor have I access to a bank with only three walls, and the income I have is not going to increase.
Therefore, I need the freedom to be able to turn down a request should it be necessary.
So far, I have not taken this option, but times are hard, for everyone and it may happen at some time that there will be no more 'give away' cash, and I want to have that small get-out clause.
It looks as though all the charities are coming round to the same idea, have you noticed the increase of appeals for direct debit payments from the major charities on TV?
Please tell me if I am being unreasonable, and if I am not, has anyone any idea how to stop the calls?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 7:04:00 pm