The door-to-door alert that we’ve received twice came in first from Patrick:
I live near Westwood Village and had a person, white male, shaggy-looking, dirty blonde hair, claiming to be a neighbor, saying that a neighbor’s kid was hit by a car was collecting donations of ten dollars for a stuffed animal so they could provide things for the child. I know most of my neighbors and this person wasn’t someone I recognized as a neighbor; there was a woman as well knocking on my neighbor’s door at the same time.
A shorter version of the same thing was tweeted by @jamesmahler – “Just had a man and woman at the front door selling stuffed toys to raise money for an alleged hit and run victim. $10.”
The second alert is from a FB “friend” who didn’t want to be identified. Her message:
The “help youth get a fresh start and improve my personal skills” magazine sales kids are working the neighborhood between Admiral and California today. They are nice young people, but upon reading about the magazine sales programs they work for it sounds like indentured servitude. I’m not sure if this group is legitimate, or even if there are legitimate ones.
Included with that report was this Better Business Bureau link, which mentions a Seattle-based operation.