THE gift of a subscription to the RSPB for my father a couple of years ago sounded like a good idea, until ‘Steve’ from the charity called on Monday night.
Would I care to renew the subscription? he asked. I asked him to send me the paperwork and I’d send off a cheque. Ah, says Steve, we prefer not to use cheques as the banks charge us for them and we are a charity and besides they’re being phased out.
Not until 2018 if at all, I replied, before suggesting he sends me an e-mail with the paperwork instead. Sorry, he replies, it may sound bizarre but I can’t send out e-mails - we were hoping you could renew over the phone with your card details.....and there the conversation ended, with a final plea from him to ‘go to our website and renew from there.’ Now, I’m all for charity, and we all have our favourites, and indeed on October 2 I’m doing my bit for the Meningitis Trust.
However I do object to being accosted in Touchwood or on Shirley or Solihull high streets by so called ‘chuggers’ trying to get you to sign up to this or that good cause - and being badgered at home on the phone by them.
These are hard times for all, but charities would be well advised to lay off the hard sell.