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Old 27.06.2011, 22:24
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carpark fundraisers

Has anyone else been experiencing an uptick in 'fundraisers' approaching you in the carpark? In the last two weeks, I've been approached no less than six times, twice in an underground carpark as I was getting out of my car which, as an American, forces me to suppress my self-defense instincts. Not only are they annoying, but they are terribly persistent/aggressive to the point where I find myself becoming unpleasant which is not in my nature.

Are they grifters, or is this the usual way fundraising is done and this just happens to be the time of year for it?
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Old 27.06.2011, 22:28
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Has anyone else been experiencing an uptick in 'fundraisers' approaching you in the carpark? In the last two weeks, I've been approached no less than six times, twice in an underground carpark as I was getting out of my car which, as an American, forces me to suppress my self-defense instincts. Not only are they annoying, but they are terribly persistent/aggressive to the point where I find myself becoming unpleasant which is not in my nature.

Are they grifters, or is this the usual way fundraising is done and this just happens to be the time of year for it?
What are they fundraising for? Sounds fishy to me - keep your hand on your handbag.
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Old 27.06.2011, 22:30
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The university holidays have just started, haven't they?

Students have to earn a living somehow...

(I just tell them I don't speak German, then switch to Greek when they suggest we can speak English. Works every time.)
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Old 27.06.2011, 22:41
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What are they fundraising for? Sounds fishy to me - keep your hand on your handbag.
Landmines seem to be popular but I take a dim view of folks ambushing me in my car so, I tell them to go away in three different languages and, when they ignore that, I give them a firm and low "I'm not interested. Go Away.". When they carry on past that, I ignore them. However the one yesterday followed me around the car even after that at which point I raised my voice and told him to piss off in German...which he finally obliged.

Seems totally fishy to me, too, but I saw two other people signing the clipboard and giving the guy money after I told him to piss off that I wondered if this was normal and my own reservations about being approached like that were a bit calloused.
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Yeah, but the car park managers don't like it when you plant them round your car, do they?
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Old 27.06.2011, 22:55
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Tempting as I could make a simple claymore fairly easily...probably wouldn't go over well as you say though. *sigh* We criticize governments being corrupt yet look the other way at those who do this sort of thing daily on a smaller scale in a much more personal way. It's one thing to steal billions from faceless millions but to do it on a face to face level? Hard to quantify in either case.
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I saw two other people signing the clipboard and giving the guy money
Last summer in Neuchâtel there was a spate of supposedly deaf and dumb teenagers getting people to sign petitions to protest against the maltreatment of street orphans in I forget which country. The first time I was approached I was going to sign the petition, but the kids made it very clear that I had to pay if I wanted to sign. Subsequently I saw the same group of teenagers being met by police when getting off the Neuch - Bern train on two occasions.

Your experience sounds like it could be something similar.
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Last summer in Neuchâtel there was a spate of supposedly deaf and dumb teenagers getting people to sign petitions to protest against the maltreatment of street orphans in I forget which country. The first time I was approached I was going to sign the petition, but the kids made it very clear that I had to pay if I wanted to sign. Subsequently I saw the same group of teenagers being met by police when getting off the Neuch - Bern train on two occasions.

Your experience sounds like it could be something similar.
Had similar experience at the Louvre. Smart enough not to be right outside the front door but definitely hanging around the approach points. Clever going for the 'we're all mute' routine.
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Has anyone else been experiencing an uptick in 'fundraisers' approaching you in the carpark? In the last two weeks, I've been approached no less than six times, twice in an underground carpark as I was getting out of my car which, as an American, forces me to suppress my self-defense instincts. Not only are they annoying, but they are terribly persistent/aggressive to the point where I find myself becoming unpleasant which is not in my nature.

Are they grifters, or is this the usual way fundraising is done and this just happens to be the time of year for it?
In Ticino (especially Paradiso), they are usually prostitutes!

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All fund raisers and door to door callers have to carry a license from the Gewerbe Polizei (Trading standards officials), and these permits are extremely seldom.

Almost all the ones you meet are glorified beggars, despise them! Ask to see their permit! They give charities a bad name.

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Re: carpark fundraisers

I was approached yesterday by a man with a clipboard while loading groceries into my car at the Aldi in Cham. He didn't seem to speak German, just kept pointing to text on the clipboard while I kept saying "Ich verstehe nicht." I certainly wasn't going to stand there in the hot sun and try to translate the text. He finally went away. Now that I read this thread, I suspect that they are being brought in from somewhere else to do this "fund-raising." They didn't look like students.
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Re: carpark fundraisers

Last time I met one, I gave him a Tenner, and immediately informed the Staff, but the girl I talked to, did not seem to be interested in informing the store manager.
I hate myself for paying him, but im afraid I would return to a keyed car, if I did not.

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