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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2235 on: February 03, 2014, 11:36:46 AM »
Ummm yeah if my child's school told me my child would fail if the didn't do some sort of begging/ fundraiser I would raise a lot of hell. Now as far as fundraisers we don't know a lot of people so I give a donation to the PTA in the beginning of the year and consider it my donation.

I got so sick of the fundraisers in my sons' schools. It seemed every department had one. One year we (the PFA) tried to convince the school principal to let us allow parents to "opt out" with a 1-time donation. It made sense to us. They refused; they said it would be a "haves vs. the have-nots" thing (FTR, the amount was not large).

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« Reply #2236 on: February 03, 2014, 12:04:48 PM »
Posted to a travel message board.

I am trying to raise money for a trip to Costa Rica for next summer! I have never been outside of the country and this is the first opportunity I have had to do so. My biggest problem is, you guessed it, money. Iím in college right now and having a hard enough time paying for tuition and all my bills, considering I am going through college without the help of my parents. Having a sense of wanderlust and being a broke college student donít exactly go hand in hand, but I am dying to have my first cultural experience. I know there are better causes to throw money towards, but anything helps and I would be eternally grateful. Even if it is one or two dollars. That adds up! This means a lot to me, so I shall see how this goes. Thank you. :)  [Link removed]

There's a guy on my city's CL who has been repeatedly asking for a new or, if necessary, used Mac laptop because he's a deserving student and who wouldn't want to give him one. Another student, who has been posting even longer, is asking for someone who will let him live on a boat and take it out when he wants. Oh, and he'll wash it down every once in a while as "payment."

Strange how their pleadings are going unanswered.  ::)
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« Reply #2237 on: February 03, 2014, 12:18:29 PM »
We actually used to get great vacations out of timeshare sells.  We would go up to the Smokies and sit through 2-3 sales pitches and leave each one with vouchers for free 2-3 night cabin rentals, show tickets, various cheap prizes (luggage, cheap jewelry, dishes).  The trick is to get your prizes up front, hammer out exactly how long the presentation is and feel no guilt about telling them that you are a broke college student and will not be spending any money on a timeshare.  90% of the time we got our participation gifts with no problem.  The other 10% we reminded them that we had fulfilled our part of the bargain and now it was their turn.

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« Reply #2238 on: February 03, 2014, 12:40:13 PM »
This man used to work for a valid veteran's support charity. Ever since he lost his job, or quit (we don't know for sure), he has been standing in front of stores in military fatigues, collecting donations that he used to pay the woman who accompanied him and live on. A very wise police officer caught him, by calling the number on the flier.

What I don't understand is why in the mug shot pictures, both of them appear to be unclothed from the waist up.

http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/duo-accused-of-using-military-as-guise-for-scam/-/11788162/24257004/-/kl0d8r/-/index.html

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« Reply #2239 on: February 03, 2014, 12:44:37 PM »
I think I see a hint of orange in the lower right corner of her picture which leads me to think she is wearing a tank top.

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« Reply #2240 on: February 03, 2014, 12:50:16 PM »
I see it now and am extremely grateful.

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« Reply #2241 on: February 03, 2014, 02:37:39 PM »
Here's a new one I got in my e-mail:

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Eviction notice,

Hereby you are notified that you have to move to another
location from the currently occupied premises within
the next three weeks.

Please find the lawsuit details attached to this letter.

If you do not move within this period of time,
we will have no other alternative than to have you
physically removed from the property per order of the Judge.

If we can be of any assistance to you during your relocation,
please feel free to contact us any time.

Will someone help me move?  ::)

lol...I got one very similar. The differences were that I was given four weeks to move, and then this gem of a sentence:

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If you fail to comply you will be physically removed and fined for up to 100 minimum monthly wages.

What does that even mean? 100 minimum monthly wages?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2242 on: February 03, 2014, 02:44:05 PM »
If spammers ever get a solid grasp of English the amusement factor is going to plummet.

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« Reply #2243 on: February 03, 2014, 03:04:11 PM »
lol.  So true.

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« Reply #2244 on: February 03, 2014, 03:39:10 PM »
For every one scammer, there are hundreds that are legit.  A really good article on being homeless http://www.cracked.com/article_20720_7-things-no-one-tells-you-about-being-homeless.html.  As for me, I always try and remember, "Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me. Jesus".  I hope I never am put in that situation and maybe they are scammers, but that's not for me to judge.

Back on topic: We were in Vegas this weekend and the amount of pick pockets was insane.  Identity theft is also really high there as well.  I guess people go into vacation mode and stop paying attention to personal safety.  One lady had her wallet taken out of a zippered purse in less than 2 seconds.  She was astounded.  I was astounded she kept her wallet in the giant suitcase of a purse.  Really hard to monitor.

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« Reply #2245 on: February 03, 2014, 06:46:03 PM »
Agree with teenyweeny.

Also puts a finger on why this line of discussion makes me feel really uncomfortable - because I don't think you (general you) can really assess someone's homelessness or level of need based on how someone looks.

That's why I'd rather donate to the City Mission or similar organization, who do have methods for assessing someone's neediness.
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« Reply #2246 on: February 03, 2014, 06:57:47 PM »
I do the same; instead of donating to someone directly, I'll donate to organizations that support the homeless and needy.  I end up donating more but I usually get a tax receipt so it kind of evens out.
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« Reply #2247 on: February 03, 2014, 07:22:40 PM »
Our school had a charity drive requiring each student to take a (sealed) can and beg for donations. It was a great cause, but not well executed on the school's part. Additionally we had to go to at least one business in walking distance of our home.

The only businesses fitting that near a good friend were a payday loan place that everyone knew sold drugs, and a biker bar.

She actually did really well in the bar, but I think the school board memeber who decided we could fail if we didn't do this should've been fired. (I went to a reptile lover's swap meet, on the logic that anywhere my family is, is home. And since it was one of the few animal shelters that would take herps and find them good, knowledgeable homes, I did pretty well. But my Spiel was "I'm failing 9th grade if I don't do this, so how would you like to improve the lives of animals AND prevent me from repeating 9th grade? If not, its cool, i always wanted to be a 25 year old high school student like on Dawson's Creek.")

If I am reading this correctly, you will fail the school year if you don't participate?

That is not possible as far as I know, even in a private school. Did no one challenge this? Sounds like a really good support for home schooling (as if it needed any more good reasons!), the GED to get the diploma and go on to college at the age of 17, or online high school.

I would not let our kids participate in anything like this. I used to just toss in some cash or a check and say we did our share. Lucas and I were both educators - he was a high school teacher, I taught a bit then went to the school library - and we had 2 children go through school system.

Please, oh please, tell me I am misreading your post!

Nope. Although looking back I doubt they could have actually failed us if we refused. But that school district had serious weirdness. They... Just yeah. They also took state funding for the arts program and used it for football equipment, even though it was specifically for the choir. We bought our own choir outfits to go to a competition and had to find raise to afford a bus.

Was glad to be free of them when i dropped out.

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« Reply #2248 on: February 03, 2014, 10:38:34 PM »
I don't remember if I posted this before or not, but I found the best way to never talk to a telemarketer (besides not picking up the phone if you have caller ID).  When I answer the phone and say "Hello", if it is a telemarketer there will almost always be about a one second delay before they say "Hello" as if they are saying it first.  At which point I just hang up and they don't call back.

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« Reply #2249 on: February 04, 2014, 03:50:34 AM »
My doorbell rang a few days ago and it was a young man collecting funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. i just said, politely, no thanks, and closed the door. Afterwards, I thought I should have said "I already have three cats,I  think I am doing my bit for feline kind"