I just took a selling call from the Guide Dogs – naturally want to support them, so though RSPCA is my first animal welfare option to help out financially, I thought ‘OK, I’ll spend 5 or 10 dollars’. The caller said they had calendars for $12.95, so I thought, OK, bit more than I was going to spend … but OK for Chrissy for Gran maybe. So I said I would buy a calendar. “Oh, no,” said the operator. “You can’t just buy one. I’ll have to sell you two. The accountants have told us we have to sell $25 worth or it isn’t worth our while. We lose money on the transaction.”
“Sorry,” I said – thinking I was calling her bluff – “I’m only up for buying a calendar for $12.95. There’s a recession on! And I only have one Granny who would like a puppy calendar.”
Believe it or not, the Guide Dogs then declined to take my money and sell me a calendar! The caller, sounding a bit short, instructed me to go to the web and buy a calendar online!
Apart from Rioters who delight in letting the rest of us know that they spend no holds barred on EL2+ salaries – what do you think? Was that a strange way to go about fundraising? Are they shooting themselves in the foot? Or am I behind the times?