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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Sep 15, 2013.

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  1. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I called the local dog /cat shelter today and asked them if they had use for a 19" flat screen monitor and/or a 32" flat screen TV. These are items that i upgraded recently and had no use for. i was told "sure, come on down".


    When I arrived at the shelter, I carried in the monitor and placed it on the counter. The two staff members/volunteers at the reception desk couldn’t even be bothered to turn around as they were busy playing with a dog. I awkwardly interrupted them after a couple of minutes and explained that I had called earlier and was told they could use these items. One of them said “oh yeah, great” and couldn’t even be bothered to turn around and face me or get up from her seat. The other barely acknowledged that I was there. Still, I went back out and got the television. When I returned with the television, the young woman who was sitting behind the counter called over to a male staff member/volunteer and said “hey we got you a TV”. This young man was very friendly and personable and asked if I needed any help bringing anything else in, I said I was all set and just needed to grab the power cord from my truck.

    As I was returning from my truck with the power cord, the young man was heading to his car with the TV, I asked him what he was doing and he said he was going to take the television home for himself! I told him that the TV was for the shelter’s use and he responded that he had no idea what they could possibly use it for. At this point, I became pretty annoyed and handed him the cord and told him to do what he wanted that I was done with this “event” and done with the shelter.

    I have noticed in the past that the staff/volunteers never seemed very gracious about accepting items, but I always chalked it up to being busy or stressed, but on further thought, it occurs to me that they never introduce themselves and never offer a receipt for donated items, it’s always “great thanks, just leave it there”. Having said that, I never in a million years suspected that they might be taking these items home for their own use and I am absolutely appalled that that may actually be the case in some circumstances.

    Have you ever heard of such a crazy thing?
     

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  2. Captain Bb

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    All too often. I have little trust in a lot of so called 'charitable' organisations.
     
  3. Bones

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    I sent off a very strongly worded email to their entire board of directors. We will see if they respond.
     
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    Good for you man - hope you get a reply.
     
  5. Bones

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    If I don't, I will post the letter on their FB page.
     
  6. Toto'sDad

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    Bones, I am sorry to report to you, there are only a certain number of nice guys. You happen to be the only one alloted to your area. Lemme check the nice guy locater here. Yep, you are the only one located within a 500 mile radius of you home. I really am sorry that the horses apples couldn't at least wait until you left to divide up the spoils. You did nothing wrong.
     
  7. Brad Pittiful

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    Dallas: WHY DO YOU BOTHER HELPING PEOPLE, HUH? It doesn't do any good.
     
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    Not all young people are this way, but I have noticed that some people just can't acknowledge my presence! It seems that being inconsiderate of others, is now the normal thing. I was in my local small town grocery, the other day, There are two checkout lanes, and both had cashiers standing there, converseing with each other. The young lady that rang up my purchase said " There you go." , then shoved the bag in my direction and went on talking with her friend. As I walked out I turned and said "Thank you", and waited for a response. I got a blank stare! I said, "You are supposed to say 'thank you' " She simply started talking to her friend as if I were not there. To bad they do not realize that a simple thank you is something that will bring you back, again and again.
     
  9. Bones

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    I spent almost 20 years volunteering for a non-profit animal rescue foundation, we never did anything like, it just never occurred to me that something like that would happen.
     
  10. MickM

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    Good thing you didn't donate cash. The guy would've had his electric and cable bill paid too! What a bunch of clueless hinus holes.
     
  11. motwang

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    I think I'd be tempted to post it there anyway!:lol::D
     
  12. Bones

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    Oh, it was hard not to, but just like I didn't post on AMS's FB page about over charging me and screwing me on shipping on Friday until I get some sort of resolution, I prefer to see how things work out with going up on the food chain and seeing how things are ultimately resolved. No sense going ballistic until the end result is known.
     
  13. Blazer

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    In dutch we have a saying that goes "Je moet niet zeuren want daar schiet je niets mee op" which means "There's no use complaining since it won't get you anywhere." no matter how frustrated you'll get.

    I have encountered so much crap like that and then being told "Calm down, don't lower yourself to their level" when I was so ready to give those people a piece of my mind.

    There's so little decency in today's world and being told that "One shouldn't lower oneself to that level" if you think about it, actually is saying "ignore it and it will go away" but if you DON'T speak up they will never see the error of their way because since nobody says anything about it they will assume that it's okay.

    Think that over people: you can turn the other cheek and those people will never learn their lesson OR you can speak up and give them something to think about.

    You do the math on what is a better solution.
     
  14. studio

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    Cool off Bones.

    You had it in your heart to give for the right reasons
    yet someone took advantage of that. Totally beyond
    your scope of how others would accept it.

    Of course now you have become the lynchpin in how
    things will get handled there from now on. Somebody had
    to witness it, and it was you.

    Like I used to tell my kids, the truth always comes out.

    No matter what, you were still the right man at the right place,
    trying to do the right thing.

    The buck stops here. Write that letter. Make it a doozy.
     
  15. Mike Eskimo

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    I have noticed that a lot of shelters and Humane Societies are staffed w/ questionable folks. Based solely on what I've encountered over the years.

    Do not have a clue as to why that is...
     
  16. Bones

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    Already written and sent. It is a doozy.
     
  17. studio

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    Cool. :cool:
     
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    You did good! Studio summed it up, well.
     
  19. Bones

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    A lot of them and this one in particular accept minor criminals who are looking to work off community service hours. I guess this may be what happened here. It has been my experience as a volunteer coordinator for a non-profit with over 300 volunteers, that these community service people are hard to keep on the straight and narrow and should never be unsupervised by regular staff or senior volunteers.
     
  20. Gnobuddy

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    Not at all! "Don't lower oneself to that level" means "Don't do the same things that these people do. Don't behave like them."

    It does not mean "Keep your mouth shut and say nothing at all."

    Unfortunately I do agree to a considerable degree with the sentiment that a few people have expressed already. There is a lot more self-centeredness and selfishness around these days, and more and more people have become almost completely unaware of the other people around them. They don't know you're there, and they don't care, either.

    It's the price society pays for bringing up babies in front of the TV, video games, and eventually Facebook and the Internet, rather than actually socialising with family, friends, neighbours, teachers, co-workers, classmates, and all the other people who cross our lives.

    -Gnobuddy
     
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