Post # 1
I’m sure we all have one of them in our office. You know the kind, the parent who insits on bringing in every single god damn fundraiser that their kid does through school, soccer, boy scouts, hockey, church, etc…
I have a co-worker who is asking for money ALL. YEAR. LONG. When one fundraiser ends, another one begins. It’s not even like she just puts the info out on her desk and waits for people to come to her. Oh no, she specifically brings it over and ASKS everyone what they want to order. I normally tell her I’ll take a look at it later but then the week that its due rolls around and she hounds me everyday asking if I decided what I wanted to purchase yet. I dont buy from every fundraiser but believe me, I donate my fair share to this womans kid.
The most recent fundraiser was wrapping paper that cost like $9 a roll! Unbelievable…
Does anyone deal with office solicitation?
Post # 3
How annoying. That used to be a problem in our office but they created an office policy so now no one can do that.
Post # 4
No…But it sounds like a good time for a solid office policy. Or even if there isn’t, print a banner that says no soliciation and tape it on the wall 🙂
Post # 5
Oh god, this kills me. We’ve got a lot of secretaries on our office. All of them have kids. No matter what time of year it is, there’s always someone going around here hawking overpriced cookies, wrapping paper, candy bars, you name it (not to mention all the birthday parties, baby showers, ect.) If I bought something from every parent any time they asked, on top of buying gifts for every office celebration of every life changing event, I’d be flat broke.
It’s gotten downright silly around here.
Post # 6
@Belle2Be: I totally should! It’s not just her either. Theres tons of people who do it. Just today I was approached to buy a raffle ticket to a 50/50 through some chicks church. Do these people think I’m made of money?!
Post # 7
my answer is “thank you but no thank you – i donate every year to [insert charity name] and this way i also get a receipt so i can claim a income tax deduction as well as supporting a charity”
Post # 8
yes this has happened to me at a job in the past.. time to start saying ‘no thanks!’
Post # 9
The only one I want to see are Girl Scout Cookies – I have to have those damn peanut butter sandwiches every year, those cursed little green devils made me addicted, DAMN YOU GIRL SCOUTS it will be all your fault when I don’t fit into my WEDDING DRESS!
Everything else just gets a No Thankyou.
Post # 10
You can set out the sheet with the stuff you’re selling at the admins’ desks, but you cannot actually solicit your coworkers. It’s company policy–it works great. I’m at the admins’ desks regularly enough and I’m all over the girl scout cookie sheets.
Post # 11
Um so yesterday my BOSS came in and asked me if I wanted to buy some Christmas tree earrings from her. I wanted to say “Don’t you KNOW how much money I make???” . My office is always doing something too. I mean, every once in a while is okay, but there are a lot of people who make two or three times what I make….harass THEM with your goods please.
Post # 12
There are quite a few things going on at my work. I usually feel fine to just say no to things I don’t want.
Post # 13
In the future, rather than putting her off by saying you’ll decide later, just simply tell her that you only buy from one or two fund raisers a year, and you can’t buy this time.
Post # 14
Add me to the list of people who want to see girl scout cookie sales, and nothing else!
I don’t think there should be a problem with just saying, “I think I’m going to pass this time.” (or “Oh man, I just bought [that other thing you were selling for your kid] – I don’t think I can afford to get [this crap] too!” though – saying you’ll think about it or look at it later just leaves the door open to her hounding! Shut it down from the beginning and you shouldn’t have to deal with her more than once-per-fundraiser at least. 🙂
Post # 15
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Hahaha, just as a side note, when I was young, I used to be SO JEALOUS of the kids whose parents would bring their fundraisers into work for them–both of my parents absolutely refused to solicit their co-workers, and forced me to go trudging around our neighborhood door-to-door for hours trying to sell things. They figured if I needed to raise money for the school band or whatever, then I should be the one to do the work.
Post # 16
@UpstateCait: Yes, and I just say a cheerful “No thank you!” and repeat as necessary.
You might want to approach your boss or HR and ask that they put out a new rule about solicitations – that you can put out one or two e-mails and then let the people who are interested come to you rather than going around and asking.