Thursday, July 30, 2009

Paypal shutting down a Wounded Soldier Charity?

Dirtcrashr points to a post by Kevin Baker at Smallest Minority about how a raffle he is running to raise money for the Soldier's Angels charity got Soldier's Angels Paypal account shut down.

Seems Paypal doesn't like guns, possibly enough so that they'd stop all people donating to a charity that supports our wounded soldiers. Classy.

To gunbloggers, Kevin asks that you pass this along.
So where does that leave us? Well, you can call Soldiers' Angels and do a transaction over the phone. During normal business hours (PST) you can call (626) 529-5114, or you can call their voicemail service any time at (615) 676-0239, leave them a callback number and they'll get back to you - probably the less expensive option, timewise. It's not as convenient as a mouse click, but it beats snail-mailing a check.

You can also contact PayPal. Their Customer Service phone number is (402) 935-2050.

I've never asked this before, but I would appreciate it if every gun- and mil-blogger on the web and every gun board picked this up and spread it far and wide. I'm tired of gun-bigots. PayPal needs to hear from US - the law-abiding gun owners of this country - that we're no longer willing to just roll over when we're abused by the companies we "trust" just because we believe in and practice the rights guaranteed to us under the Second Amendment.
I'm late to the party, but would add this: Paypal is owned by eBay. You can also contact them at 866-934-9647 (press voice menu item #2).

You can also contact eBay Press Relations at (408) 376-7458. This is probably the most important thing that anyone can do. Please be polite, but let them know that they are at the beginning of a (so far) small but rapidly growing press nightmare, and they'll want to check into this. Ask them politely for a call back when they've had a chance to get to the bottom of things.

Believe me, if the media relations department gets a couple dozen calls asking why they're shutting down charities helping wounded soldiers, someone will check.

Remember, be polite!

UPDATE 7 August 2009 12:03:
Updated post here.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

We've managed to bypass PayPal! Another sponsor of the Rendezvous,, an ammo site, is doing the on-line ticket sales for us with all proceeds (minus the 3% credit card fee) going to Soldiers' Angels. Soldiers' Angels is still taking phone orders for those who don't want to purchase on-line. Details here.

And thanks again for linking!