Posted by: Annie_T
Posted: 8th Mar 2013
I had a begging call yesterday which upset me.
I guess they got my mobile number from one the many survey sites where I stated I had diabetes.
She rambled on and on about how many people are diagnosed each year and how much her organisation did research to help eradicate the disease, and that they had made a medical breakthrough.
I listened for an indeterminably long time hoping she would get to the point, interrupted her to ask what the point of the call was. She changed track, and said that she was looking for people who would help so that a new medication would be available on the PBS.
For a moment I thought she might be looking for people for a medical trial or something like that, so I let her ramble on for a while longer until it came to the crunch, she wanted a regular donation of money from me.
I said I was unable to donate as I am on a pension and finding it hard to make ends meet as it is, then said that I was sure that there would be other financial sources the organisation could find instead of pensioners for such an important project.
She answered, with a slightly patronising voice, "we find that people on pensions and low incomes are usually the most generous".
Was that trying to lay a guilt trip on me or what?!
I had already said, NO, but she still tried. I was angry, and finished the conversation with another "NO" and hung up.
I find it hard to believe that an organisation that she described would need to target people doing it tough, because they are the "most generous". If their new drug was so great, they would get the support they need from more relevant sources.
I wonder how many people they have conned, she was very slick.