Aishel relates a recent experience. The kitzur: an organization calls and asks for a pledge. He tells them, we don't pledge over the phone and that if they want him to consider their organization they need to send him information in the mail. What happens next: an envelope with the amount of the "alleged pledge" arrives in the mail.
This has happened to us too. It is dishonest and it is highly counterproductive since any organization that does this will never receive a penny from us. I imagine that this happens because those in the call center are provided with some incentive to do such.
Here is a recent experience of my own which really got under my skin because the telemarketer stated my pledge to the person who answered my phone which is highly personal, invasive, and completely unprofessional (fortunately, the person on the other end was my mother and not the handyman, but it really doesn't matter!):
There is an organization that calls nearly every week and I have told them repeatedly that I do not pledge over the phone and that we tend to keep our money local, but if they want they can send us information about their organization through the mail.
Not once have we received information on their organization , and the conversation ends promptly. Turns out that when I was gone from the home and my mother answered another one of their calls that she was asked where my check was because I had pledged $36.00 (can't send a payment without an enevelope, but I think they really want my credit card over the phone-I wasn't born yesterday dear call center out of Brooklyn somewhere).
My mother couldn't remember the name of the organization. But, thanks to Called ID, lo and behold, I was able to determine it was the same culprit organization that calls nearly weekly.
Well, my toddler is obsessed with answering the phone, so when I see their name on the Caller ID, I let him answer the phone. Let's just say that the conversation ends quickly. I have NO interest in dealing with this organization ever again.
This method of solicitation should have been filed under the Do's and Don'ts of Solicitation as a big "Don't." Have you had these types of experiences?