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September 07, 2005


The FCC, in an emergency response to Katrina snatched 1-800-RED-CROSS from the company, who were demanding six digits to give it over.

Yes, an ingenius business model, making sure to play on the suffering of others and demanding large amounts of money from a non-profit. Smashingly grand.

I wrote this in a bit of a hurry, and didn't really follow-up with it after I had done a bit of further reading, and it came back around to bite me.

Apparently SOMEONE in the blogverse is reading this as David Sprouse made his way here to state his case.

I'm sorry if I enraged him. Honestly, if you knew me, you would know that I don't like governmental meddling in any business (personal or private) if it isn't hurting others. Telling restaurants that they HAVE to be nonsmoking, helmet laws, seat belt laws, etc. Of course, each one of those has issues involved with them (most involving insurance companies, but that's another rant).

On the other hand, I also have issue with campers, and that is my impression of what you are doing. Yes, you said that you were diverting calls, and I even read that in one of the articles. And if you weren't offering to sell it to them, fine. I'm interested to know what the Red Cross offered you for the number in the past that you declined, or did they just go to the courts (which is their right). If they went to the court, frankly, the precedent would have been in their favor.

This was a special case, and they did end run the court, but the fact that they had to end run....If you were really Johnny on the spot to help, why didn't you just offer it to them and take it as a donation cost and write it off?

I guess I don't know all the facts, we seldom do. But I wasn't slandering you. If anyone did, it was the news source that wrote the story, I only linked it. I also commented on the "facts" as they were presented.

And this is what America has always been (Re: Your Question), one run by an overpowerful governemnt, businesses that shirk social responsiblity in pursuit of political gain, both putting the private sector in a position of no control.

Money isn't the root of Evil, David, it's the tool of the powerful and the people. Just remember, every tool is a weapon if you hold it right. I'll continue to read about 800Ideas and continue to shape my opinion and spend MY money accordingly.

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Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at September 7, 2005 09:38 AM