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This is a question Tightwads

There's saving money, and there's being tight: saving money at the expense of other people, or simply for the miserly hell of it.

Tell us about measures that go beyond simple belt tightening into the realms of Mr Scrooge.

(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 13:58)
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A bitch, and tight as well..
I work for a charity as some of you may know.

Now, if you should donate some money and not give us your address, we'll write to your bank and ask them to forward on a short thank you letter and a gift aid form. If you fill this in and send it back we can claim back 28% of your donation from the tax man. Happy days.

A minority of people, however, like Mrs X, do not like this. The following chat took place just now:

Me: Good afternoon, --charityname--, how can I help?

Mrs X: This is Mrs X. I donated £15 to you two weeks ago and you wrote me a letter to thank me.

Me: I am glad your recieved it, thanks for your support.

Mrs X: I am not glad. I did not want it. I did not want you to write to my bank and ask them to forward me a letter. I do not like being bothered by junk mail and furthermore I can't believe you are asking me to fill in a form and send it back. Why do you want this? It will cost me money to send it back and cost me time to fill it in.

Me: I'm so sorry you feel that way, we ask you to fill in a gift aid form so we can claim back tax on your donation, at no cost to you.

Mrs X: Well there is cost to me as I said, a stamp!

Me: I'd be happy to send you a freepost envelope.

Mrs X: That is not the issue! The issue is that you have invaded my privacy and I do not wish to be bothered by you again, in any way, ever. I shall not be donating again and please tell you superior that I think it is ungrateful and greedy to ask me to fill in this form so you can get more money.

She hung up.

Yeah, lady, I guess it IS ungrateful and greedy for us to want more money FOR A CHILDREN'S CHARITY.

What a bitch. People like her make me sad.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 16:48, 9 replies)
I was with you
until you mentioned children.

I hate children.

You go, old lady!
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 16:54, closed)
^^ This
Little shites
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 16:56, closed)
made me laugh.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 16:56, closed)
I hope
you don't mean that. She was horrible!
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 16:57, closed)
It was the great Dylan Moran, I believe once said,
Have you ever met a child who had had enough anything?
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 16:58, closed)
I do love Dylan Moran.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 17:02, closed)
You almost made it...
... until you started that "FOR A CHILDREN'S CHARITY" spiel. Keep your guilt trip to yourself, please, until you've told us...

1) How much you earn

2) How much the chief executive of your CHILDREN'S CHARITY earns

3) What proportion of donations your CHILDREN'S CHARITY spends on (a) senior salaries (b) fundraising and (c) admin


4) Why your CHILDREN'S CHARITY is so much more important than, say, Water Aid or Cancer Research. What have you got against africans dying of cholera or mothers dying of breast cancer.

Eh? Eh? Eh?
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 17:03, closed)
All of the above. Be grateful she gave you anything at all; I wouldn't.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 17:30, closed)
Right on.
Little bastards, sitting there like a bunch of cunts.

That was satirical - but not actually that much more insane that some of the serious responses.
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 18:02, closed)

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