I got a call about 15 minutes ago. It was from the local firefighters conceil, wanting me to donate to support them.
I appreciate the job they do, but I’m really not in the position to be donating. I tried to tell this to the firefighter but it’s hard. He started at a suggested $60 donation and every time I said I’d see what I could do, he dropped it down $20. When he had me down to $20, I kept trying to say “I’m not sure I can commit any money at the moment”. He kept pressing me for money and I kept trying to poliely get him to let me off the damn phone without commiting to anything.
Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore and disconnected the phone cord. I’m a chickenshit, I know.
I just hate it when public services call to beg for money. I support firefighters, but as I said before, I don’t feel like donating. The problem is: How are you supposed to say NO in a polite manner? I kept trying to do that I and got nowhere. They are so good at guilting people. There’s the implication that you can’t say no to such a good cause.
And it’s ironic because a credit card representive called me yesterday to ask me to buy some service with their card. I was easily able to politely tell the rep I’m not interested and that was the end of it.
Am I the only one who has such problems blowing off the firefighters(or whoever?)?