Colleague- possible charity scammer

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by D'wards, Nov 12, 2018.

  1. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    My colleague does a lot of charity stuff, shaking tins to full on dressing up for comic relief etc.

    I work in a very large office and she collects thousands. Per year.
    Thing is, she never brings in any proof of the fact she's given the money to the charity, despite people asking her. Charities ALWAYS give a personalised thank you letter. Especially for large amounts. She just brushes it off when people mention it.

    She does try to style it out though, like printing off generic thank you literature from the Children in need website etc.

    Now she is mildly light fingered in other ways, for example;

    We had some boxed cakes left over from work lunch that were being kept in a cupboard for next work lunch. She took these and admitted when a fuss was made.
    We had a dining and cutlery set we bought when we had old people come in for tea. She later took these and when someone raised the alarm she admitted it, said it was for church.
    Lady gave her some dresses to put on her charity stall. She came in some time later wearing one.
    When people bring in cakes and biscuits for their birthdays she's been spotted sneaking them into her bag on way out. Including from other sections where she doesn't know anyone.

    Now I know it's quite a bad accusation, but lots of people think this way.

    To start the ball rolling with an accusation to management is something i don't personally want to do.

    But seeing her collecting money has made me annoyed today.

    How should I play this U75?
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  2. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Not much you can do unless you're prepared to raise your concerns with management or other colleagues. I wouldn't want to be the one to do that and get it wrong though.
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  3. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    Letters to the charities? That could land her in a lot of trouble as, if they've never heard of her, they'd probably (have to) pass it on to the police.

    What do you want to happen?

    Or just tell her you are going to write to each charity and ask if they have heard of her and how much she says she's sent them.
  4. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    What % of the office are suspicious do you think?
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  5. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Just stop giving her anything for charity if you don't trust her.
    I would definitely think that a receipt from each charity would be displayed after a collection.
    But if you don't want to make a big fuss then just stop giving her anything.
    The cakes etc are small potatoes to be frank. People leave cake....she takes it....anyone could if they wanted. And the don't know that she might have paid the charity for it because she liked it.

    The only thing that people could insist on as a work policy is that any and all charity collections are receipted properly....and that staff get a breakdown of how much they have donated to charity.
    I've organised a few charity collections at work and I always put the receipt up on the staff boards.
  6. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    This seems like a good idea, especially if others occasionally do collections too. And you wouldn't even have to mention her name, just something you read or something someone else told you about where they work.

    I also agree that the other things she's done aren't reliable indicators.
  7. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    Tricky one. If you have suspicions you should probably take it to the relevant people within the company and let them deal with it.
  8. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Most people who would care to think about it.

    Tbf people do find her annoying anyway and lots think she should do some actual work rather than fannying about in a pudsey outfit for days on end.

    With reference to the theived cakes, they were being specifically saved for a team lunch, and were not there for people to take home
  9. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    So what outcome do you want?
  10. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    And some colleagues are 100% certain she's on the take.

    No one is 100% certain she's not
  11. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    ideally for her to produce years worth of thank you receipts.

    Or at least one for this upcoming Children in Need
  12. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Sounds like you just don't like her :hmm:
  13. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Effect and cause innit.

    People don't like her cos they think she steals the charity money.

    I think we'll so as someone above said and write to charity asking if they've had any donations from our company in her name
  14. Harry Smiles

    Harry Smiles Well-Known Member

    I was leaning towards that possibility too.
  15. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Just raise your concerns with the charity in question if you care that much, there isn't really anything else you can do. She's probably just a bit annoying though.
  16. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    In my team and our surrounding ones no one gives her any money now, but as I said, it's a huge office
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  17. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    If she has been scamming surely the best outcome is that she stops, now. You need to decide how you are going to make that happen in a way that doesn't make you look like a complete cunt frankly. Suspecting someone isn't enough and the fact people continue to give to her suggests to me they still trust her regardless of her eating all the pies/cakes.
  18. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    sounds like you've konvened a kangaroo court already imo
  19. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    You all people defending her, please play devils advocate.

    Why would you never bring in a thank you letter?

    But go to trouble of printing generic thing of internet?
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  20. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Pilfering leftover cakes from work is your civic duty tbf. She should be applauded for that.
  21. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    Defending her :D

    Mate. Stop it.

    You've let this go on this long and have now asked urban for feedback and suggestions.

    There is no point you having a tantrum because no-one has suggested burning her as a witch. :rolleyes:
  22. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    Will this change people's minds- she's a staunch Tory- STAUNCH, who hates the Labour party and all it stands for :p
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  23. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    I'd have a quiet word with her*. Sounds like she might have a bit of a problem what with it happening with cakes and crockery as well as money.

    *Not an East End 60s gangster quiet word.
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  24. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    So you have been giving a raving tory money for charity even though you thought she was nicking it? What is wrong with you? :confused:

    Yeah you've stopped now but the fucking gulag, worse than hitler! :p
  25. Saffy

    Saffy Under the duvet..

    All the charity thank you letters get displayed for a while on our staff notice board. Maybe it could be suggested at your office.

    Someone bought in 2 massive pork pies and pickle for their birthday. They left it out on the table and didnt put it back in the fridge and someone had it away.
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  26. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Take off and nuke her from orbit...
  27. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    Time to go deep undercover and join her as a Red Nose Day volunteer.
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  28. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  29. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    Sounds very annoying.

    Don't donate to her.
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  30. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Oh, ffs. She must be a thief then. :facepalm:
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