Two solicitor alerts that WSB’ers wanted to share tonight. Both could well be legitimate, but the recipients’ eyebrows were raised a bit – read on for both reports:
First, from CWP:
Here on 47th St. SW on Friday evening shortly before nine I received a telephone call soliciting money for policemen because of their dangerous work. “Not for the policemen themselves but for their families”, the man explained. Without further explanation he asked if I could make a contribution. I had hardly begun to say that I do not respond to any solicitation over the phone before he abruptly hung up. Have others received a similar call?
29 th ave sw near westwood village this evening.
at approximately 7:30 pm this evening, a young man approached the back door of our home smiling and waving. My family was in the kitchen chatting and we were obviously surprised by his presence at the back door.
he apologized for surprising us, but went right into his pitch for the sierra club. he had some Sierra Club markings, (clipboard and badge etc.) however we interrupted his pitch and told him we were taking a pass. We did this mostly because we were kinda freaked out that he came in the back yard. at that point in time we were not willing to donate any money to his cause.
he was pleasant and respectful, and he left peacefully. He did not slam the gate and walked out to the street.
our backyard is fenced in and fairly dark. this young man had to enter our backyard through a gate to get to the door. in 7 years of living in this house this is the first stranger to enter the yard and approach the back door while we were home.
i just thought it was odd since there is a walkway to the front door.