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.
I am a retired copywriter. For 40 years I wrote for major agencies and developed some campaigns you would know. Like most writers, I love to give my opinion, and since I am so familiar with advertising this is the area I chose to comment on.
Actually I'm not that cranky. I am as fond
of as many things as I detest. But since most people only hear what one doesn't like, I might as well go with cranky.For my other blog idleideasfactory I am putting out there things I have written and ideas for books, screenplays, stage plays, and even products that I will not have time in life to follow through on. If
anyone can profit from them, be my guest.