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I don't know if anyone else get this but maybe 7 or 8 times I year I get people coming in looking for a "charitable donation" and up until now... (been trading just over two years)... I have always gave them a fiver for their "good cause"

 

However the cynicism has been festering and together with what has been a slow day, I decided to ask a few questions.  I figure if someone is passionate enough to collect shop to shop that they will have a reason to support their charity.

 

The charity was Cancer Research UK... 

 

Her "would you like to make a donation?"

Me " tell me more... Are you doing a sponsored walk etc?"

Her "no im collecting money"

Me - How did you get involved in this?"  ( I understand this can be a sensitive subject but at the same time someone who is trying to defraud money, can use this to their advantage)

Her ""silence... I have a letter if you want to see it"  (clearly not expecting me to be say yes)"

 

.... She shuffles through her paper and presents me with a photocopied letter that looks incredibly dodgy...But it had her name on it... So I ask ...

 

Me - "that's great, can you show me some ID and I would be happy to make a donation"

She pauses and asks

Her - "Do you not trust me?"

Me - I have never met you before so if you show me your ID I would be happy to make a donation. 

 

She then leaves the shop with a big snarl on her face....

 

What do you reckon guys?  Was I right, wrong???  What would/do you do?

 

 

ps - God if you're reading this, I will donate a tenner online tonight just in case I was wrong....

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No I would have done the same

In my street which is wrinkle ville

we get 5 or 6 a year

some with bad breath and need a shave

stained and dirty clothes

wearing a bright tabbard emblazoned with some noble cause

I ask how much commision you on (some as high as 30%)

I ask for ID -which is mostly when I get told I'm an old 'C' and 'F' off

I refuse to pay on the doorstep and I e-mail the charity concerned, if genuine I make a donation on line.

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My standard answer is "I'm sorry I already support a chosen charity" never needed to go further.

I do the same. I have a collection box for children with leukaemia in the shop for people to donate and send the money to the charity when box is full up.

Telling charity collectors this invariably ends the conversation.

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My standard answer is "I'm sorry I already support a chosen charity" never needed to go further.

 

 

I do the same. I have a collection box for children with leukaemia in the shop for people to donate and send the money to the charity when box is full up.

Telling charity collectors this invariably ends the conversation.

 

Yea... this is probably the better option but it just annoys me as i'm 99% sure she was using the name of this charity for her own personal gains.

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