Guilt, Charities and Tastykake Krimpets

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Another charity called while I was eating dinner last night.  I used to be on a no-solicitation list, but I guess that list has expired because solicitors are calling almost daily.  I will admit that the call came from a legitimate charity, but this charity calls so often I consider their efforts almost harassment. What is worse than the frequency of their calls is their method of getting money out of me. They use fear. How stupid that this group or any other charity has not yet realized that my response to fear is denial.  You scare me; I pretend you and your cause do not exist.   This system has gotten me through 40+ years of life, and so far, except for a few glitches in life where I have had to face facts, it has worked fine.

Okay, this is the conversation (I am leaving out the charity’s name because I am afraid people will jump all over me for poking fun at this cause)

Charity: Hello, Mrs. Cavana (they insist on rhyming my name with banana — I don’t blame them as my in-laws should have thought about that before removing the ‘U’ from Cavanagh), have you been screened for (insert disease here) this year?  We see that you are past 40 so your risk of getting (insert disease) has increased dramatically.

Me: Well, thank you for ruining my dinner.  How do you know how old I am? Why don’t I just go crawl in a hole and die now since I am going to get this disease anyway.

Charity: Well, if you give a gift of $1,500 or more, we can put that money to research which will prevent you from getting (disease).  You have no idea what it would be like to go through (insert disease).

Yes, $1,500!  This woman must have been sniffing her magic markers on the other end of the phone. I almost choked on the salad that I was continuing to eat hoping the sound of me chewing would gross her out and make her want to hang up. But money solicitors don’t care about half-masticated food. They don’t care if you fart in the phone if there is a chance you will take out a credit card and give them a donation.  Besides the outlandish donation she was trying to extract from me, I also hated the attitude that their disease is better than everyone else’s disease.  Or is it worse?   Well, you get my point. Okay, they are right, I have no idea what it’s like to go through this stuff, but I don’t like people assuming.

Me: I am eating dinner and frankly, you are too late for a donation. The police, firefighters, Native Americans’ education fund and three dozen animal rescue organizations all beat you to my donation drawer this week.

Charity: You owe it to others to make this your priority.

Okay, she lost all hope of me giving a penny with this line. I owe no one anything. I believe in your cause but bullying me into a donation results in the same shut down as fear:  I am closing my purse strings so tight that I will need the Jaws of Life to pry them open again.   So, now that they pulled out the bullying card, I decided to have some fun.

Me: Okay, I will give you a donation if you promote my writing site.  I would think your organization can put  my site on all your literature and on your website.  You will be helping not only me but a lot of writers get established. You can use it as a donation to the arts.

Charity: Oh, Ma’am we are not allowed to do that or promote anyone.  We are strictly a non-profit.

Me: Well, to be honest, as of this conversation, I am still a non-profit, so I think it’s legit. Maybe your organization wants to fund writers. How much should I put you down for?  $1,500?

Charity: Ma’am I can’t do that and if you are not going to take this cause seriously, I don’t think we cannot accept your donation.

Me: Bingo! No, you cannot accept my donation, so take me off your call list.  By the way, how is it that I am back on a call list?  I asked last year to be removed.

Charity: You gave to a similar charity this year and we have their list.

Well, that answered my question – the old sell or rent call and mailing lists.  I have to say non-profits are tough. Will I give to this charity? Who knows – the cause is a good one but I don’t like their tactics. I understand the economy is tight, but if it’s tight for them, think about how tight it is for the people they are calling.

To be honest, when I hung up the phone, I did feel guilty that I couldn’t give them their $1,500 or even $100 this time around.   I started to think that I was going to get the disease because I let so many sick people down, and then I got nervous and so to quell my nerves, I had a Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet – well, actually two – okay three, but that is all I am admitting to.  After I downed my guilt food, I looked up the site for the local food bank and gave there.  Hell, if I’m going to eat so much guilt food, I might as well help other people enjoy it as well.  For the record: I did sleep soundly.

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14 thoughts on “Guilt, Charities and Tastykake Krimpets”

  1. I learned a long time ago that I cannot save the world. Still, I figure if I can have a good time and donate a few buck it’s a win-win situation. Strippers gotta eat to, ya know? 😉

      1. But I am a Saint. My favorite holiday is St. Jack’s day. It’s pretty much any day I want it to be and it’s celebrated by not doing a damned thing. 😉

  2. I applaud your quick thinking tactics! It reminds me of a time an advertising salesman phoned to try to sell me space in a magazine. I said “no thanks but have you thought of hiring a caricaturist for your company Christmas party?” I got the job! Tried it a few times since but it hasn’t worked again!

    1. Simon, that is a great story! Congrats on that! I would think it was one of the “Once in a lifetime” chance opportunities, but it did happen. That sort of rekindled my faith in humanity. Sort of.

  3. There are so many really good causes, that it is everyone’s right to prioritize their own list of charities! And most people prioritize them due to personal connections, so I guess letting you know that you are DUE to get this disease if you don’t pay for its cure NOW is a valid tactic. But I don’t blame you one bit for your response (eating Hrimpets)! BTW, wouldn’t chocolate have been a better choice? LOL!

  4. These charities serve a vital function concerning jobs in this country. If it weren’t for the donation requests by mail, the post office would have already started handing out pink slips and closing on Saturday to meet their budget.

  5. I’ll eat to that!! Eh, could you send a couple of Krimpets to my favorite charity . . . just mail them to the Websterville Farm and Tavern for the (insert disease), lol! Great story Donna!

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