Over the past five years I have received phone calls from both the state fire fighters and state police departments (apparently) requesting donations to 'help". When I hesitate, they get pushy. One guy actually hung up on me. aha, I thought.
The calls often begin with a folksy warm voice, thanking me for all my help in the past (excuse me), and wanting to know what I might be willing to donate this year. Sometimes they just drop the phone and leave me listening to dead air when I say no.
This afternoon I got one from the Policemen's Benevolent Association wanting to know how much I was planning on donating to their fund to help out the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Been thinking about that, so I did a search online. There has not been but one officer killed in the line of duty in this state in over five years.
Then I went into this site:
sure enough, the first thing listed was "officers killed in the line of duty" and aggressive behavior on the part of the caller.
If you're not comfortable turning someone down like that, tell them you give locally, you're on a fixed income, and if they give you crap, THEN you hang up before they do.