Greenpeace ratbags shaking down petitioners for cash

It looks like Greenpeace is doorstepping people for cash using details from petitions that gullible fools signed.

Greenpeace is using the contact details from people who sign petitions to cold-call them and ask for donations.

The tactic has been labelled invasive, unethical and a possible breach of privacy by a Victoria University marketing professor.

Is there literally nothing these ratbags won’t stoop to?

However, Greenpeace New Zealand fundraising director Michael Tritt said it would be “wrong” if it did not use the details people provided when they signed petitions.

“People aren’t silly. They know if they put down a phone number or email, there will be some form of communication.”

It is believed to be the first New Zealand charity to use the tactic, which it says is in response to shrinking takings from street collections as competition increases.

Mr Tritt supplied The Dominion Post with a copy of a petition against shark finning, which said in small print that it would use details “to keep you informed about ways to get involved with this campaign, as well as Greenpeace’s other activities, funding etc”.   

First up they are NOT a charity, they had that status removed by the Charities Commission. Second, pointing to small print that the smelly, dread-locked hippies they have gathering signatures probably never showed signers….really that is their excuse? Third, “Wrong”…that just shows where their ethics lie…somewhere in the gutter.

According to Greenpeace NZ’s 2012 annual report, its expenditure last year was $8.5 million. Of that, $2.7m was spent on fundraising.

Mr Tritt confirmed that was mostly to pay people to solicit money, but said for every dollar spent on fundraising, Greenpeace should get $3-$4 back.

A third of their shakedowns for cash are used to pay for staff to do the shake downs in the first place! How much of the rest gets sent back overseas to the Global Corporate HQ?

The next bit nearly made me spit my Cornflakes all over the screen…how could Fairfax be attacking Greenpace in their news story? Wow.

It currently employs the equivalent of 50 fundraisers who get paid $18.40 an hour. They do not get commission but may get taken out for lunch if they had a good month, he said.

Of those, 20 were employed to call people at home, while 30 were “outreach campaigners” – street collectors sometimes uncharitably referred to as “chuggers”, or “charity muggers”.

Victoria University Marketing and International Business School head Professor Kim Fam said the new, more “invasive” technique went further than chugging.

They aren’t a charity, so that means they are just muggers. I had a run in with 3 of them at Pakuranga Mall last week..they had the misfortune to catch me in a bad mood.


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