Curb-painting nonprofits frustrate so...

Curb-painting nonprofits frustrate some in Upland

There are 38 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Jan 17, 2010, titled Curb-painting nonprofits frustrate some in Upland. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

It starts with a freshly painted address on the curb and ends with someone knocking at your door asking for a donation.

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#1 Jan 17, 2010
My neighbor and I ended up with the same address when a group was repainting curb numbers on our street!!

Hacienda Heights, CA

#2 Jan 18, 2010
If you want a donation from most people...ask first. I solved it finally by gluing durable reflective numbers on the curb. Although these groups may be legit, often its been a tweeker looking guy with a can of spray paint.

Ontario, CA

#3 Jan 18, 2010
Their flyer tells you to call them if you want to opt out of the curb painting. I called them and the answering machine said to "leave a note on your curb if you don't want the curb painting." This makes it hard for the resident. They appear to be ill equipped to handle the many calls from people who want to opt out.

Redondo Beach, CA

#4 Jan 18, 2010
My house # was already on the curb,they blacked it out and painted over it.
IE Sports Fan

Ontario, CA

#5 Jan 18, 2010
They (Painting Crews) pull the same antics in Rancho neighborhoods... I often wondered the same thing "Why is the City allowing them to do this"? Especially when most do a pathetic job, and several mistakes have been made... which could cause problems down the line if someone needed 911.

I agree with a previous post, they should be required to gain permission/payment first... before painting anyones curb. Similar to what the Vets/Heart Assoc/etc do with their bag collections, you want to help GREAT... you don't, we don't pester you!

Brea, CA

#6 Jan 18, 2010
If the City of Upland is going to issue permits and a business license for the fund raiser, they should have an ordinance in place for such activities. Granted, it's usually the city's street sweeper or the mail mans front tire that wears the numbers off the curb, it benefits you the home owner in the event you call for medical or police services. Trust me, the city didn't wave their fees for this so called fund raiser! This has become a scam.
Vesta Curry

Fullerton, CA

#7 Jan 18, 2010
I have 8" numbers plainly on my house.
I feel that this is enough for anyone to find it.
I don't need my curb painted.

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jan 18, 2010
They do this in Fontana too. It's rather irritating because we've had guys that look like druggies coming up to the door AFTER they've painted the address numbers and they do act pissed if you don't donate.

United States

#9 Jan 18, 2010
These guys show up every year in Rancho, the address doesn't even need painting, they re paint in anyway and look for money.

Here's my suggestion, don't answer the door, and don't pay them. I am sure it's a scam, this out of down charity guy is proably making a nice profit, skimming non profit money, where he doesn't have to work.

Burbank, CA

#10 Jan 18, 2010
They should not be allowed to require YOU to do anything to OPT out. If I want the work done, I will do it myself or have it done by someone of my choosing. This is just wrong!

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jan 18, 2010
People should do what I always do when someone comes to sell (candy, magazines, house alarms,religious booklets, etc.) at my home; DON'T ANSWER THE FRIGGIN DOOR!

Long Beach, CA

#12 Jan 18, 2010
They knock. I answer. I tell them I will report them for graffiti damage.

If I don't ask for it I don't pay.

The "charity" should be ashamed of themselves. If they were legit, they should have no problem getting donations the proper way.

Since: Nov 09

North Hollywood

#13 Jan 18, 2010
About 2 months ago here in North Hollywood, whatever company was doing the curb painting made it a lot easier. The basic instructions were to put a check mark on the card they leave that you want work done and just leave the money in the envelope. If you don't want work done, just throw away the card and they'll know you Opted out.

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jan 18, 2010
I don't understand why the Scheu Family YMCA of Upland needs it. The prices they charge for child care should be enough to cover their needs, since they are very expensive. For the parents that can't pay the chidcare prices, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools welfare childcare program, Kids and Care, pays for it. Yep, that program is also out of taxpayers money.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#15 Jan 18, 2010
I'm with you about the Sheu Family YMCA since they've taken over a public park for their privately religious oriented day care.

As for the curb painting, there is no reason I should actively have to opt out if I don't want it. And I agree with other writers, the people that come around to collect are quite belligerent if you say you aren't going to pay for work you didn't ask for. The guy that came to my house was pretty dumb also. He kept demanding the money because it was "A DONATION!!!" Plus you don't much want to make them too make because they also know where you live and can come back and trash your property if they want to.

It's a little bit like paying protection money which as I recall is a Federal RICO offense.

Long Beach, CA

#16 Jan 18, 2010
I hate to be ask for donations for scams especially at 99cent store in rancho and in front of target and albertsons. get a real job.
Go Away

United States

#17 Jan 18, 2010
Except in the mind of our current administration*, DONATIONS are a voluntary act. This is simple extortion.

The gentlemen who runs this non-profit may mean well, or he may just be a loser who can't get a real job. Either way, his board of directors should replace him with someone who will carry out the mission without employing thugs and miscreants to enforce collections from homeowners - we already get enough of that from the State.

* Fearless leader considers it "neighborliness" to raise your taxes.

Lytle Creek, CA

#18 Jan 18, 2010
I haven't been able to find quality daycare anywhere in Upland. The Scheu Family YMCA in Upland is a great place to have your children. People should expect to pay a little more for quality care rather than leaving your children at someones home.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#19 Jan 18, 2010
My understanding is that emergency services, fire or police don't look at curbside numbers. You are suppose to have the numbers on your home. People can park in front of curb number and the number could can be wrong. I'm in RC and we have the same scam with the same rude people every year. Told the guy the first time I didn't want it before they started and refused to donate. He would go away until I told him I would call the police.
femme fatale

Claremont, CA

#20 Jan 18, 2010
These curb-painters do a horrible job and then try to strong-arm you into paying. We had just painted our own curb w/nice new numbers when these jackholes came and repaint. It was messy and a bad job. They kept coming around and we asked why they painted if the curb did not need answer. Therefore, no payment. JACKHOLES GO AWAY!

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