I asked that it be removed. I’m not one to rattle the collection plate.
I do wish I could make all my donations anonymously. Then I’d not receive 80 to 100 solicitations weekly in my mailbox. I recently put up a larger box to accommodate the results of my name and address being shared with various other “non-profit” leeches.
Some of them send me money…quarters, nickles, dimes…occasionally a dollar bill. I keep the money. Some send me checks for $2.50 or so. I tear them in half. Some send me stamps. I keep them.
I cannot count the calendars I have stashed away. And the address stickers. And the printed cloth bags. And the felt blankets. And the car window decals.
I get calls frequently on my land line with requests for donations. I tell them to send me something in the USPS system. They say, “We can send you a receipt.” I say, “No, send me a solicitation for a donation. I will consider it.” They hang up. (They know that a conviction for mail fraud carries the likelihood of jail time.)
I also get frequent calls from ‘Joe’ or ‘Mary’, both of which always open with, “Hello. This is Mary on a recorded line. Can you hear me okay?” I never say, “Yes.”
Sometimes, I say, “I can hear you.” Then I waste several minutes of their time as they try to get me to say, “Yes.” Then they hang up.
Sometimes I say, “No, I cunt hear you. I have an infuction in my ear.”
Then they hang up.