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    Weird school fundraisers

    It's the beginning of the school year which means it's fundraising time. People at work bring in the order sheet for the stuff their kids are selling: candy, cookie dough, magazines. They post the order forms in the lunchroom at work.

    Today I walk into the lunchroom and see someone's kid fundraiser flyer and they are selling ... mattresses. Yes, you can order from twin to king size at a 30-60% discount!

    Anyone else see any weird fundraising stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    It's the beginning of the school year which means it's fundraising time. People at work bring in the order sheet for the stuff their kids are selling: candy, cookie dough, magazines. They post the order forms in the lunchroom at work.

    Today I walk into the lunchroom and see someone's kid fundraiser flyer and they are selling ... mattresses. Yes, you can order from twin to king size at a 30-60% discount!

    Anyone else see any weird fundraising stuff?
    I saw a local VFD doing this. It must be a new thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfvegas View Post
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    As a fundraiser? Did you get your choice between cotton-soft or sandpaper?
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    Wouldn't know, as we refuse to participate in the fund raisers, due to the Troubled One and chocolate candy bars. The school doesn't even bother sending us the promotional propaganda anymore.

    Also, my previous employer had a 'no soliciting' policy. Someone tried to sell Avon, which was clearly a violation of the policy, then through a fit when someone else brought in the order sheets for the cookies and Blue and Gold sausage. End result was that all outside enterprises were banned- fund raiser or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Wouldn't know, as we refuse to participate in the fund raisers, due to the Troubled One and chocolate candy bars. The school doesn't even bother sending us the promotional propaganda anymore.

    Also, my previous employer had a 'no soliciting' policy. Someone tried to sell Avon, which was clearly a violation of the policy, then through a fit when someone else brought in the order sheets for the cookies and Blue and Gold sausage. End result was that all outside enterprises were banned- fund raiser or not.
    We have Avon people and all sorts of fundraisers at my workplace. My kid had to sell so much stuff when she was in school I sometimes feel obligated to buy stuff from the poor schmucks at work who are going through it now. The good thing is I like See's Candy and Girl Scout Cookies, so I buy a lot of those. I don't much care for the other stuff though.
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    Mattresses as a school fundraiser is extremely odd. When I was a kid I only had popcorn for the boy scouts, sometimes candy for baseball teams, and wrapping paper or magazine subscriptions for school. I'm with no1mad though, besides Girl Scout Cookies I stay away from fundraisers. Too much illegitimacy and weird organizations out there. You could be supporting anything, unless obviously it's from a school or something. The worst is the "inner city" kids selling Snickers for $6 a piece.

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    It seems like mattress sales aren't affected by the recession.
    I see a few Starbucks closing their doors and yet mattress stores keep popping up like crazy!
    I mean seriously, to me it seems like there are more people selling mattresses than there are people
    in the market for a new one. Personally, I've bought a total of two new mattress in my whole life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    As a fundraiser? Did you get your choice between cotton-soft or sandpaper?
    No only used TP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post

    Also, my previous employer had a 'no soliciting' policy. Someone tried to sell Avon, which was clearly a violation of the policy, then through a fit when someone else brought in the order sheets for the cookies and Blue and Gold sausage. End result was that all outside enterprises were banned- fund raiser or not.
    My current employer has such a policy but they will pound it into your head day after day why you should donate to United Way.
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    I thought I saw a sign on the way home that mattress fundraiser for a school, and figured I must have made a mistake.
    The local school board here teemed up with the senior center with the weirdest (but probably most enjoyable) fundraiser I've seen yet - they're going to have an Octoberfest! I can just imagine the oldsters asking for their senior discount there too, and reminding everyone how long they've paid their taxes that go to the school district.

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    I grabbed a box of girlscout cookies on my way to a meeting this past spring, and during the 3 hr drive up there they shifted under the car seat and I forgot about them. 2-3 months later a coworker had checked out the same car and put out a notice to see if anyone had lost a box of girlscout cookies. They were mine! Apparently they finally shifted back out from under the seat. And they were good as new. Of course the GS parent could have received a case of 5 yr old cookies for all I know. They were Samoas, universally accepted as The Best Girlscout Cookies, so I had no problem sharing them out in my cube farm w/o having to go through the struggle of eating the whole box myself.

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    I saw the mattress fundraiser today here in Viera, and thought it was weird.

    When I was a freshman in HS, we had a big raffle for a Cutlass at our festival, and we all sold tickets door to door. I sold the winner, and got a moped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
    I saw the mattress fundraiser today here in Viera, and thought it was weird.

    When I was a freshman in HS, we had a big raffle for a Cutlass at our festival, and we all sold tickets door to door. I sold the winner, and got a moped.
    That's ridiculously cool.

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    Girl Scout cookies and Krispy Kreeme donuts are the only fundraiser of non-home baked goods I will support.

    I might buy a chocolate bar and feed it to a neighbor's dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Girl Scout cookies and Krispy Kreeme donuts are the only fundraiser of non-home baked goods I will support.

    I might buy a chocolate bar and feed it to a neighbor's dog.
    That's not very nice

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    my kids go to a public charter school here in KC, and about the worst thing they have to fundraise with is trash bags.
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    I long ago sent a note to the school that they were in no way to set our children up to solicit for them. With the level of taxes paid and monies going to "education" in this state (we are a lottery state, tied to "education") there is no need for it assuming all the people in charge of it all would stop lining their own pockets and funding pet projects with it.
    It really ticks me off that an educated group of adults (that we assume teachers are supposed to be) would actually give an elementary school kid a box of chocolate that costs $1.50-2 each and send them home with it before consulting with the parents. Great way to milk more money out of parents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I grabbed a box of girlscout cookies on my way to a meeting this past spring, and during the 3 hr drive up there they shifted under the car seat and I forgot about them. 2-3 months later a coworker had checked out the same car and put out a notice to see if anyone had lost a box of girlscout cookies. They were mine! Apparently they finally shifted back out from under the seat. And they were good as new. Of course the GS parent could have received a case of 5 yr old cookies for all I know. They were Samoas, universally accepted as The Best Girlscout Cookies, so I had no problem sharing them out in my cube farm w/o having to go through the struggle of eating the whole box myself.
    Can't do the Girl Scout cookie thing. I can taste the preservatives in them. I honestly think you could take them out of the package, set them next to a happy meal on the counter, come back a decade later and look and taste the exact same. Like a twinkie without the wrapper, lasts forever.
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    My sister's high school choir (would have been 1995-1998) rented a cow and let it out on the football field for an afternoon. They invited anyone who wanted to show up, pay, and get a bingo card. If the cow did its business where you marked your card, there were prizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    My sister's high school choir (would have been 1995-1998) rented a cow and let it out on the football field for an afternoon. They invited anyone who wanted to show up, pay, and get a bingo card. If the cow did its business where you marked your card, there were prizes.
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    Had to sell frozen food one year. We didn't have the freezer space to store it (I sold a LOT), so it all spoiled before I could get it out to people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    Can't do the Girl Scout cookie thing. I can taste the preservatives in them. I honestly think you could take them out of the package, set them next to a happy meal on the counter, come back a decade later and look and taste the exact same. Like a twinkie without the wrapper, lasts forever.
    Back when they made the cookies out of real girl scouts they tasted better but spoilage was an issue. The transition to artificial ingredients and more preservatives has ruined them.

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    I still remember my Catholic school childhood going door to door selling magazines and plastic Virgin Marys so I buy anything that kids are selling. If I don't want the product I just given them the cash.

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