Try this: We don t respond to telephone solicitations. If you d like to mail us some information we will review it and make our decision whether to donateMessage 1 of 9 , Apr 11, 2012View SourceTry this:
"We don't respond to telephone solicitations. If you'd like to mail us some information we will review it and make our decision whether to donate after we receive it."
You may have to repeat this 3 times until they hear it.
And this works for all sorts of telephone solicitations.
-steveOn Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 9:53 PM, Coleen McAdam <mcadamtwins@...> wrote:
We are getting bombarded with calls as well….so annoying.
I had the same call today ... and yesterday.
I find it very irritating that they pretended to be the police department. The number is not identified on caller ID, and when I directly asked him if this was the Lexington Police Association he said "yes, this is the Lexington Police" (no association mentioned) and then gave me the same line about Charlie Cragin.
I wish there was something that could be done about this organization. We did donate a couple of years ago because they told us they were the Police Department ... and we didn't know better.
On Apr 11, 2012, at 7:06 PM, francesg wrote:
I just received a solicitation call from the "Lexington Police". When I asked if this was the Lexington Police Department, or the Lexington Police Association (which I think is the non-affiliated fundraising entity), I got the response "You can contact Charlie Cragin, the officer in charge.."
At this point I hung up. Does our police department do actual fundraising, and is there a Charlie Cragin on staff? Or is this an end-run around using the name for fundraising purposes?
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Thanks, Harry, this information is very useful. I, too, got that call yesterday (at dinner time) from the “Lexington Police.” I have a standard response toMessage 2 of 9 , Apr 12, 2012View SourceThanks, Harry, this information is very useful. I, too, got that call yesterday (at dinner time) from the “Lexington Police.”I have a standard response to all phone solicitations which works, takes a few seconds at best, and they don’t seem to call me back. And it’s actually 100% true: “I make all my donations in December, and I do them by mail. So you’ll have to put me onto a mailing list. Thank you for your call! click.” Polite, quick, and very clear...Jane Morse
When this topic came up on the list several years ago, I wrote to Mark Corr the Chief of the Lexington Police Department asking about fundraising for the Police Department. Here is the message I sent to the list at that time. I don't think anything has changed.
(781) 861-6149 (h); (781) 799 6002 (c)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Harry Forsdick <harry@...>
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM
Subject: Re: [lexington] Lexington Police Department
To: Lexington List <email@example.com>
Here is a message that I received from Mark Corr, the Chief of Police in Lexington regarding fund raising.
After getting permission from Chief Corr, I am forwarding this to the list since it answers a lot of questions we have been raising.---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Corr <MCORR@...>
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 8:34 AM
Subject: RE: [lexington] Lexington Police Department
Your e-mails were forwarded to me as an FYI. I am responding because of a knee jerk reaction I had to the subject line. Please understand that there is a very important distinction between the Lexington Police Department and the Lexington Police Association.
As Chief of Police, it is important to emphasize that the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Police Department do not sponsor or endorse this type of fundraising. This fundraiser is done each year by the Lexington Police Association, the union who represents the police officers, detectives and Sergeants. This is a private and legal fund raiser and the funds do not help the Town of Lexington or the Police Department provide services to the community.
If you have any doubts or concerns, please feel free to contact the president of the Lexington Police Association, Charles Crayton, at 339-223-7404.
I frequently tell people, and published the following in the newspaper – “Fund raising is a common occurrence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and donating is a personal choice. The Attorney General’s Office helps individuals learn more about non-profit organizations at www.mass.gov/ago/charitiesreport.”
As a resident of Lexington, I personally dislike telephone solicitations and consider them intrusive. I understand and appreciate the discomfort some residents with differing backgrounds feel when they receive this type of phone call.
I hope this information is helpful.
Chief Mark J. Corr
Lexington Police Department