Or did they?
I, like and idiot, neglected to check Caller ID when the phone rang. That’s how I ended up on the phone with a very pushy FOP shill.
Now, I don’t mind supporting the fuzz. They have what could be the world’s most difficult job, and most of the time, they do it with distinction. I ended up telling the guy to send me the info by snail mail, that I would indeed donate (no problem there,) and NO, I will not “pledge” any set amount while on the phone.
“How about just $1? Surely you could pledge just…”
OK. So, par for the course for phone spam so far. What skeeved me out was this one thing he said:
“Yeah, if you donate, we’ll send you an “active supporter” card. You just place it behind your driver’s license and…it will identify you as an active supporter of the police.”
The ellipsis up there came across as a very pregnant and significant pause. Maybe I’m imagining it, but it seemed to me that there was a definite wink nudge implication in it, as if, you know, this card might very well get me a little extra consideration when in minor, yet awkward, legal situations like a traffic stop.
I recognize that it may also have just been a strategy to lever money out of people that might not otherwise have supported the FOP, with the implied “understanding” that they might get something out of the deal.
I know the guy didn’t do anything illegal, and that he can’t guarantee such consideration from cops in the field in any case, but it left me a little icky. It just did not seem appropriate at all, regardless of the reasons.