- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
So I got a letter from the Red Cross today. Fellow Canadians may be familiar with this tactic but it’s the first time I’ve ever received such unsolicited guilt tripping. I have a sort of vague recollection if my mother having these return address thinkers laying around when I was a kid but it’s new to me!
Its a letter, with 48 preadressed return address labels in fun Christmas themes along with some stamps to seal the Christmas cards.
Enclosed is a letter that read a lot like those advertiding type sites around the iternet. You know, the red font, bold headers and just generally spammy crap.
The letter talks about how amazing the Red Cross is, how muh they do for people and how, in addition to surviving on volunteers,they depend on “caring people” like me to donate.
To thank me in advance for giving, they’ve sent me these stickers.
A donation iof $40 or whatever I choose to give is essential…. It goes on to elaborate how I can give every month if I like. And then some more about how the good people of the world give to the Red Cross so thank you for your donation.
I am not qutie sure why but this has just rubbed me in the absolute worst way. I am floored. The letter is written to make me feel like I’m obligated to give and if that wasn’t enough, they’ve enclosed a gift to make me feel even more obligated.
In this case, they picked the wrong target. This poor broke student has no money to be guilted into giving away. Free stickers for me I guess?
I’m kind of peeved though. I do feel a little like I should give something for what I got and they’re personalizrd so I can’t even just send them back and say no thanks give them to someone else. I could send them back but they’ll just get tossed, like they will at my house.
So they need my money so bad but they can afford all these stickers and mass mail outs to bribe people into giving them money?
Anyone else think this is a little unethical?