A Borderline Legal Call in Behalf of the Police
Ever had a "that was great!" moment? I had one this morning.
Every so often I get what I think of as a scam phone call. Certainly it should be classified as one. Yet it is "legal".
This deep-throated, authoritative voice answers my "Hello" with,
Is this Vincent Summers?
I recognized the intended voice presentation. Better, I recognized the very voice.
The voice is intended to give the impression this is a policeman...
So when he asked "Is this Vincent Summers", I answered...
"Is this the Police?"
There was a pregnant pause. Then he went into his spiel about how he was seeking donations in behalf of a police-related event. But by that time, I had hung up.
He never answered my direct question: Is this the police. Why? I'll tell you why. Because he was NOT a policeman. If he had said he was, doubtless he would have been breaking the law.
You see: organizations designed to raise money are allowed to ask in behalf of whomever they wish to ask, as long as they send SOME of the money they receive to the intended "cause". So the police would get their tiny, tiny cut. The group -- to lazy to do honest work -- would get the rest and divvy it up among themselves.
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