We get hate mail.
That’s a fact of life.
It’s mostly from contractors.
They misunderstand who we are and what we do.
They think we are somehow affiliated with this or that government agency.
The sentiment is usually the same however – and this email we got yesterday (below) is a good example. We also posted it on Facebook and have gotten quite a good response.
Here’s the LINK to the Facebook post and comments.
We encourage you to write your response to this post in the comments below – once we have a good bunch of comments I will share the link with Lawrence (if he has not yet seen it)…
Here’s my post from Facebook, as I wrote it yesterday:
A “lovely” email I got from a contractor in response to our update… I try to stay strong – but this sh*@ still makes me cry sometimes… Especially if I’m reading it as my kids are having a particularly difficult night….
Please consider donating at http://www.LeadSafeAmerica.org/ if you DON’T feel the way this guy feels — it’s because of guys like this [and the points he brings up] that we need to keep Lead Safe America Foundation ‘s phones & lights turned on!
Do you really believe that 99% of the small garage door companies are following proper lead safe practices in this industry? I personally know of 5 companies in my area where I live that do not. They do not test, they do not keep the test strips in proper storage, they do not charge the clients nor use protocols for removal of old painted doors, due to losing the sale. What is the reality of lead paint? Do children really walk by and walk into the garage and lick the door? Do they breathe in the particles? I truly believe that if your organization really wanted to prevent lead poisoning from happening, you would need to educate the small businesses and the risks. I personally think its just our over regulated government trying to squeeze every dime out of the small business it can. Why can’t the whole industry make a serious adjustment to pricing when it comes to replacement of garage doors. Clients will shop around until it finds someone who will do the job without the pressure and extra cost involved in removing lead doors the proper way. Your letter seems mighty leftist to say that our midterms were “tempestuous”. Do you really believe since the Republicans took Congress that there will be huge deregulation, and your lobbying will lose the money that you believe we really need to “donate” to your cause? I find this politically offensive. This is what is wrong with this nation. The United States polices itself, yet other countries do not, and we are left behind in the dust in manufacturing/job creation in this nation.
I hope organizations like yours sincerely DIE.
If you need the $42,000 by Dec 31st, simply go to any state in the union, look up any mom and pop garage door company and fine them for non-lead safe practices, since fines are set at 37k for each violation,
I suggest you stop asking for donations, and start looking for the culprits that require your stupid organization in the first place.
I don’t lobby.
My kids have permanent brain damage from being poisoned.
I do want to educate everyone about this – small business owners – consumers – pediatricians – everyone.
We are a small nonprofit.
Let’s come up with a plan together to reach people in your area who need to be reached.
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Sorry to have bothered you.
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