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tcfrogs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:13 PM
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What's up with public org. telemarketers? Similar to LizW's post
Such as the Fraternal Order of Police, Firefighters Union, etc. While I fully support our local public servants, I don't need a call a day from a different organization like this. I don't know which organization is which and if they are truly legit.

Does anyone else have this problem, or is this just a Chicago thing?
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:27 PM
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1. I figure...
my taxes pay these people.

I don't have a pension or health care. I don't have a union. I don't get triple overtime.

And if I got shot, the Mayor wouldn't be making a photo op of it.

Now, it's OK that they got OK paychecks now, and great bennies, but don't come to me looking for handouts for them.

So, I just tell them I'm unemployed and call me back in a year.
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:29 PM
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2. Not just Chicago.
I get a ton of them here in NH. It seems to have started after I moved up here and got a post office box. I don't think these organizations are included under the no call rules. They may be legit, I don't know, but I'll bet they have a huge overhead. I tell them that I'm giving to my local police and fire. I also get calls from a national vets group. When you ask them to send you something in the mail about their organizations, they usually say that they don't do that.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:19 PM
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3. I never know if they're real or scams.
Some scammers pretend to be raising money for a police group, figuring people will want to give. Some real groups may make calls too, I don't know, but I wouldn't donate to someone who calls anyway, even if I did have money to donate.
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:24 PM
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4. If our internet line is open for half an hour, we're garenteed to get
calls from public serv.(legit) and telemarketing people (who say they're doing a "survey").
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