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When I worked for the State Attorney's office in Florida I was solicited by some highway patrol benevolent society. The caller also "threatened" me with the same kind of thing. I told him I had already asked about his group at work and nobody had ever heard of them. I added that, should any law enforcement officer refuse to help me based on whether I had donated to an unknown charity, I would have that officer's badge. I never heard from them again.
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OTQ

The only door-to-door we get is a very occasional Jehova's Witness
and about once a year a strange-looking young person getting
contributions for a local ecological concern - I forget it's name.
We're really off the beaten track, up a steep hill on a lane off
the main road.
The ones we do get with great frequency are the telephone
solicitations.  All the telephone-television suppliers solicit us
about twice a week.  The one that really ticks me off, though, is
the Police Benevolent Society, which solicits us aggressively on my
unlisted telephone - by name.  I asked how they got my number -
they said "We have our ways."  They have told me it would be
beneficial for me when I got a ticket if I was on their contributor
list.  Can you imagine that?  If this were some other organization,
I would report such to the police, but since this is the police, I
don't know where to turn.

In a message dated 01/14/2008 6:47:11 PM Eastern Standard Time,
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

Nobody but the occasional Mormon missionary goes door to door in my
neighborhood. It's a long walk between houses, and almost everyone has a
fenced yard plus dogs.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 3:34 PM
To: Garden Chat
Subject: [CHAT] OTQ

Anybody else noticed this? We've had a big increase in door-to-door
salesmen--from zero 6 months ago to two-three a day now. We've also had
four Verizon salesmen in the last 5 day [not counting Sunday, of
course] peddling their new FiOS [fiber-optic system] internet/cable
channel/long distance hookup service. Since they tore up most of the
front yards around here when they installed the fiber-optic cable,
you'd think they would be smart enough to let the neighborhood ire
quell before bragging about what they did. But since their cable
competitor here is Comcast, it's become a tussle between dumb and

Island Jim

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