People Behaving Badly With KRON 4 Stanley Roberts
Earlier this month we were all surprised at CARH when Stanley Roberts from KRON 4 appeared at our door step wanting to interview us about our donation drop boxes. Stanley, who does a daily segment called “People Behaving Badly” on Channel 4 news, was in Castro Valley gathering information for a story to air that night on KRON’s 8:00 p.m. news spot. It seems that donation drop boxes are appearing throughout Castro Valley without getting approval for their placement from the business owners. Stanley was alerted to this “bad behavior” and decided to investigate. As the result of his visit to the various donation drop boxes he found that on some of the boxes the community was being asked to “donate” to a “for profit” box owner, and worse yet when Stanley tried to contact someone to talk to from the listed phone number, he got no where. There wasn’t anyone who picked up the calls, except one.....CARH! Stanley was so impressed by our donation box, which is located in front of Worley’s on Castro Valley Blvd., not only because of the fact that a Tax ID number was clearly displayed on the box, but because someone actually answered the phone when he called to inquire about the box. He quickly came by the CARH office to find out more about CARH and how we were being impacted by the large number of competing boxes.
Needless to say, CARH’s Executive Director, Mary Gianopoulos, shared with him our frustration of seeing so many for profit businesses confusing the community into thinking that they are making a donation to a charity. Stanley’s segment “People Behaving Badly” aired 3 separate stories about this bad behavior and we hope that the result of his investigation will lead to tighter controls over the placement of donation drop boxes giving legitimately placed boxes, such as CARH’s, a fair chance. Thank you Stanley Roberts!