Sweet Charity?

Our friend Gina recently bid on an item at a charity auction for her local animal shelter.  She had been wanting to join a gym forever, so when a membership for the best gym in town came up for bid, Gina got excited and figured it was the perfect time to donate money to a great cause and finally get herself to the gym.  Plus, at $100, the year long membership was a total bargain!

The only hitch? The day after the event, the shelter called to tell her there had been a mistake on the auction sheet, and that the membership was only a 3 month trial – not a full year…  They told her that they could either refund her money, or she could accept the 3 month membership.   — Gina asked for her money back!

Many of our friends were horrified that Gina would take back her donation to the charity, but Gina stuck to her guns, and said she would have never bid $100 for just a 3 month membership.

Should Gina have just donated the money to the shelter anyway, or was she right to request a refund??  Tell us what you think!

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3 Responses to “Sweet Charity?”

  1. Jen says:

    I would have taken it back too! Just because you are a charity doesn’t mean you can mislead people. I know mistakes happen, but that’s not ok.

  2. lori says:

    I don’t blame her for taking it back. It sounds like a scam… And if it was really a mistake, those things happen, but Gina should not have to bear the burden. She chose what she thought she could afford and would not have bid for a three month membership.

  3. Sandra says:

    I’m in the middle of this, too. Bid on some interior design services ($125 for 2 hours of design consult from a professional designer) at a charity auction. I’ve been trying to contact the designer and she’s nowhere to be found. Her website is no longer, her emails bounce, her cell phone has the message belonging to someone named “Jason”, she doesn’t return calls to her home, and doesn’t answer Facebook messages. I asked the charity to intervene and they seem to think that she might have changed her name and moved. They’ve said they’ll keep looking for her and also try to find someone else to donate their time for the interior design, but honestly, if they can’t do that in about 2 weeks or so (this has been going on for a while), I’d like my money back. I paid $50 (or maybe more?) to attend the auction. I feel that I purchased a service, even though the money went to the charity and not the service provider, so someone on their end has the obligation to ensure that I receive what I was told I was buying.

Any Thoughts?