Friday, July 7, 2017


If you are approached by people on the street, supposedly representing a reputable charity like ASPCA: BEWARE. More than likely they have been hired by a fundraising-for-profit company called Dialogue Direct. You will recognize them easily because they are obnoxious, pushy, in-your-face aggressors who will oftentimes not even let you pass without their spiel. More often than not they will stop you with a completely insincere compliment, "I love that dress. Where did you get it?" You may think they are altruistic volunteers, but you'd be wrong. They are working for commissions like any pushy car salesman. If you fall into their trap or are easily cowed, they will not only get a donation, but your name, address, phone, and credit card number which they will happily sell.  This is a super-annoying new trend and hopefully, with enough complaints it won't last long. Make sure all your charitable donations are made directly.

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