Comments: No Means No!

I had a fundraising call from the alumni association of my undergraduate college the other night and they similarly hounded me. I finally said that I donated to the university through the mail, not over the phone (which is true) and she said, "No problem. We can send you information in the mail." Then she said, "But we need to have a minimum commitment of $7-10/wk in order to justify the mail expense." I told her, "Thanks, but I find there are PLENTY of people willing to take my money by mail." And I hung up. Am I a bad person, or what?

Posted by Frazier at November 9, 2005 04:32 PM

I always tell them that I do not do things over the phone. If I have to repeat myself I hang up.

I like the calls soliciting my husband's father. He died over 6 years ago and we had his mail forwarded to us while the estate was being settled. After two moves we still get junk mail and phone calls for him. I tell them that he passed away which always knocks them for a loop.

Posted by Sarah G. at November 9, 2005 05:20 PM

One time a fundraiser called and asked if I was busy. I put the baby on the floor, which I knew would start her off screaming (since she was already mad about something) and he let me get off the phone right away. I just need to keep her handy and angry all the time, I guess.

Posted by Jordana at November 9, 2005 09:34 PM

Mine always clam up when I get one of those phone calls. But if it is dog club stuff or a friend it is total pandemonium in the background.

Posted by Sarah G. at November 9, 2005 10:01 PM

I'm with Sarah. I repeat, over & Over, that I don't make phone pledges. "Can we mark you down for $36?" I... DON'T... MAKE... PHONE... PLEDGES. "But can I count on you for $18?" I... DON'T... MAKE... PHONE... PLEDGES.

Then I hang up on them.

Posted by skinnydan at November 10, 2005 07:59 AM

You should call my house some time to see what people have to listen to before they actually get through to my home number. Stops 'em dead, unless they're automated. Which, we can agree, is preferable to the "real" thing, anyway ;-)

Posted by Patricia at November 10, 2005 10:51 PM