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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Fourth section The Utkbridge Herald Lethbridge. Alberta. Wednesday, October 23, 1974 Pages 35 to 44 Giving money away This is about the time of the year when most consumers are a "soft It's the jolly season, the season for giving and we are tempted to respond quickly to pleas for the underprivileged. But before you dig into your pocket and hand over your hard earned cash, take time to think. Don't be high pressured into a donation of any kind just because you feel guilty. This makes you an easy mark for a "boiler room" operation. These operations are run by unscrupulous operators or "barracudas" as they are often called by the fraud squad. They have many different ways of tugging at your heart strings. Sometimes it's a pitch for starving children, or the unfortunates in skid row or for orphans. Sometimes they ask for an outright donation, other times they are selling tickets for some event a circus or a puppet show are favorites. This is usually done over the telephone. When you get a telephone solicitation, you can usually detect the phony pitch by the rapid-fire presentation. The pressure is on to have someone come right over to your house or apartment to pick up your donation, or drop off a block of tickets. Try slowing them down by saying you never contribute to anything over the telephone. Then ask them to put their request in writing with all the details about the organization. Often, these charities have no local offices and their origins rather vague. Insist on seeing the printed "ANNUAL REPORT" of the organization. In that way you may get some idea of how much your money really helps or how much is siphoned off by a profiteer, or how much goes to a paid staff. If you ask these questions, the "barracudas" will usually hang up the telephone and you'll never hear from them again. Hopefully, he just wipes you off his sucker list. Some cities are called "open" cities because they are so vulnerable to this kind of fraudulent operation. This kind of city gets most of the phonies because they don't require a license for these solicitors. Some cities like Montreal and Vancouver insist you have a licence, and phone solicitation for money is against the law. Another method these operators use is to hire a group of high school kids age 14 and up. They pay them a minimum wage and teach them how to make a canned spiel. Then they turn them loose on a whole battery of telephones. This is the time of the year they usually invade a city, because many high school kids are looking for a way to make some extra money for Christmas. Most of these kids are honest, and after a few days feel something is wrong. If they call the Better Business Bureau to check out the job, the fraud squad usually moves in right away if they can track down .the location of the operation. It's doubly insidous because it's teaching kids to be dishonest when they stick with this form of solicitation. Sadly, sometimes even the most legitimate charities sometimes, get sucked into a deal with a shady organization that operates a fund-raising drive for them. These professional organizers get hold of a worthy charity or service club looking to raise money. They sign a contract with the organizer to use their name in selling tickets to some affair, such as a circus or puppet show. This makes it seem very respectable. Then, when they solicit money from you, either over the telephone, through the mail, or door-to-door, they are selling in the name of this well known charity, which gives the stamp of authenticity to the drive. What can happen is that a successful drive may yield but only about may actually go to the charity. The rest is pocketed by the fund-raising group. Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate WeeWhimsv B. Hvde> be am the original art tor tar quote. TOW child's quotation to -The Herald Family Violinist describes theories of Suzuki NORBERT BOEHM WITH HIS TESTORE ITALY, IN 1747 By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Norbert Boehm shouldered his first violin 14 years ago at the tender age of eight. But the artist in residence for Lethbridge Symphony admits: "I wish I'd started sooner." The Edmonton born violinist, who will perform with the local symphony orchestra thanks to a travelling grant from the provincial department of culture, youth and recreation, says the ideal age to bring children and music together is about three. A proponent of music learning theories of Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki, Boehm says when he started studying music in Edmonton, "you didn't start much earlier than eight." The unassuming, bearded violinist, who spent this summer as concert master for the international academy orchestra at the Mozarteum music school in Salzburg, Austria, compares learning music with learning a foreign language: "Until I was six years old my parents spoke German at home. When I went to high school I learned French." Because pre-schoolers easily develop "an ear" for new sounds, Boehm says his German is now far better than his high school French. "The younger you learn, the more facili- ty you whether the subject being studied is a foreign language or music, he adds. The young violinist, who has performed throughout the province, says pre- schoolers have "an ear" for music which enables them to learn quickly, according to Suzuki's teachings. The Suzuki method, he says, involves "a basic respect between teacher and child __ a lot of love and a lot of parental in- volvement." "The mother gets a violin, too, and the teacher spends time with the child and the he explains. In Edmonton, where Suzuki's theories were put into practice nine years ago, "there's a regular momma's orchestra that meets twice a month." Suzuki's approach is through the. ear, rather than written musical notation. "Twinkle, Twinkle is the first thing children learn, and every kid knows that." Women activists protest Inez Garcia's sentence MONTEREY, Calif. (CP) Garcia was sentenced this week to five years to life in prison for slaying a roan she saids helped to rape her. Feminist supporters protested the sentence and shouted: "Free Women in the crowded courtroom screamed in anger when Judge Stanley Lawson imposed sentence. They cited the case as an example of how women are treated in rape cases. Mrs. 30, was con- victed of second-degree murder Oct. 4 in the slaying of Miguel Jiminez of Soledad, Calif, she admitted on the stand that she killed Jiminez, saying he had held her down while another inan raped her. She said she had no regrets. The mother of-an 11-year- old son, Mrs. Garcia dis- mayed her lawyer attorney and shocked the jury by proclaiming from the witness stand: "I killed the son of a bitch and I wish I had killed the other Her defence rested on the contention that she was 'de- fending her virtue and was un- der great emotional strain after the rape. One woman was removed from the. courtroom during the shouting, which erupted important new FUR accessories 4 little bit a loaf tray to Wiatrr CANADIAN FURRIERS SELECTION OF FUR HATS ARE TRULY MAGNIFICENT, The seasons' West shades can be seen in Muskna. .........924JO to 9290 For those special occasions, a fine MMtCape orSWIe 9299 to" 9995 For your convenience, use Canatf'an furriers teyaway or budget plan. 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