I know the family that owns this business and this is a TOTAL SCAM!!! If you think that the clothes you are donating will end up on the back of a diabled veteran you are wrong!! Only a fraction of a fraction ends up with a charity. There are three companies involved, two are owned by Richard Ferrer-Westrop. He finds a charity willing to take some "no questions asked" money in exchange for the use of their name, paralyized veterns, lukemikia society, it varies from city to city. THIS IS HOW THEY GET AWAY WITH SAYING 100% GOES TO CHARITY!!! The Merchandise Pick-Up Service calls representing the charity and ask that you leave your old clothes in a bag by your front door. The clothes are then collected in big trucks and while they are on the truck they are "property of the charity" even though the charity never sees them. The Pick-Up service then wholesales the clothes to the Thrift shop in this manner. They unload the bags of clothes onto these giant 4'x6'x8' 3 sided carts, and for every cart filled to the top the pick up service gives the charity 100% of $50. Yes, Fifty Bucks for thousands of dollars worth of clothes that are sold in thrift stores also owned by Richard Westrop and his family of scammers. He has dozens of stores in citys all over, but it all works the same way and he makes millions every year as a beggar. CALL HIM AT HIS MANSION IN NATCHITOCHES, LA 318-352-7537 AND SEE HOW HE LIKES IT!!!!!
I used to be very close to the Richard Westrop family. It is a total scam, I know 100%. They claim that 100% of the proceeds go to charity, but this is a total lie!! Non-profit my A@@, they make millions!!!! His Mansion is in Natchitoches, LA and his home phone number is 318-352-7537. Call him and bug him at home, I am sure he will appreciate it.
I agree. All you have to do is tell them you don't have anything and they stop calling... Then block the number if you don't want to deal with them again.. They have always picked up my donations as promised. I would never give them fragile, valuable, or very expensive items.
I hate it when they call my cell phone (where every call I receive costs me) and then there is nobody there when I say "Hello". What I end up doing is adding those bogus callers to my directory with a distinctive "don't answer this call" ringtone, so I will never answer their calls again.
I wish that our government would come down HARD on these telemarketing/telescammers/abusers.
I HATE THESE CALLS THEY KEEP COMING IN
Random annoying calls! This is a for profit organization.. don't donate to them. Call their human number (713)-669-5501 and tell them to stop spamming. Waking up my kids in the middle of the night, gosh.
If you have Comcast phone service, you can dial *60 after a call and have the number blocked.
they call constantly several times a day everyday.
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BS...I totally blame the Texas Paralyzed Veterans. They know exactly what the "2nd party" is doing and THEY are the ones behind all these calls.
This is the people from HAP, they collect clothing for poor kids. Yes it is the "Achievement Place" someone mentions above, not scammers. We donated two big bags of old school uniforms to their organization recently, not old clothes some of these the kids just got too big too quick for them, so some barely used school uniforms. The people called several times to make sure we put the donations on front porch and marked them clearly HAP. We did, they came by in a HAP truck, but U-haul looking thing, but clearly marked professional looking truck, picked up clothes, left a note on front for tax credit in case we decided to claim those for tax purposes. It's a real organization, just wished they would not call weekly, as we only have X amount of clothes to give them a year and I mentioned that to someone I talked to, who was courteous on the phone, we only donate 1 to 2 times a YEAR.
I do not know if this number belonged to another organization before it was HAP however, but talk to them and simply tell them you have nothing to donate and they'll leave you alone.
713-696-5501 calls me several times a day, at all hours. I have requested numerous times to stop calling me and they persist.
I have sent emails via www.clothingpickuptexas.com and requested them to stop calling me. They continue harrassing me.
I would not donate to them if they were the only clothing pick up charity on the planet.
if they keep calling you day and night call your local ploice deparment and tell you want to report harrissing phone call from this number tell them you have allready told them to stop calling once and they have not, ask what you and they can do to make them stop
I dont want to receive calls from this numbr
merchandise pick up is a for profit company......
Pickup Service Inc.
Merchandise Pickup Service Inc. has a location in Houston, TX. Active officers include Richard F Ferrer-Westrop, Robert O Smith, Lois Dyk and Michael McLees. Merchandise Pickup Service Inc. filed as a Foreign for Profit Corporation on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 in the state of Texas and is currently active. Ct Corporation System serves as the registered agent for this organization.
Foreign for Profit Corporation (FL - Active)
State of Record:
State Reference ID:
Ct Corporation System
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Foreign for Profit Corporation
Florida Department of State last refreshed 1/31/2012
This isn't even a charitable organization. It is a for profit business, selling out of their own thrift stores.
Daily annoying phone call from Clothing Donate
They were the "Texas Paralyzed Vets" or something, calling for donations of clothing and household items. I set up a bag for them that they didn't collect, so now I always just tell them that I don't have anything to donate, and just drop it off at Goodwill on my own time instead.
you suck! at least say something when I pic-ip
This apparently a cell phone number. They call at all hours of the day and night, two or three times a day. It has been going on for at least a year. In the beginning, I answered and asked them to take my name off the list, but the calls only intensified. HELP!
This is absolutely crazy they call almost every single day! When I pick up I ask them to remove me from their list and they do not and keep calling.
These people call several times a day every day. Will not take me off of their list when I answer and do not leave messages if I do not pick up the phone. I will not donate to people using these types of solisiting tactics.
Houston Achievement place picked up my donations Wednesday the 30 of December. The radio was blaring rap music in the truck when they got on the front of my house. I could hear it all the way in my house. They then picked up the items which included a set of dishes which were throwned in the truck! I was horrified to hear glass braking! Total disregard for what was inside those bags. I had taken the time to wrap these dishes so they would not brake! You would think that the donations would be welcomed, and a person could benefit for having these items. I will not donate to this association again. Total disregard for what they pick up!
sick and tired of it in Texas
Once a month might be understandable; but 4 times a day, six days a week is harrassment! I don't care if it says "Clothing Donation", if it is a valid charity or not. I have blocked their calls and they still keep it up!?!?!
sick and tired in TX
This "clothing donate" calls our house up to four times a day, six days a week. I have had to block this so-called charity and several others who abuse their exemption from "do not call" status. Honestly, once a month I can understand, but 100 times? Are they paid by the number of calls they make, regardless of how many are repeats?
Calls appear as "Unknown Name", so I don't answer it, but they don't leave a message, either.
"Clothing Donation" - I don't answer anymore.
they call here all the time - we never answer. i think somebody working in a call-center (or maybe work from home) has a quota they need to fulfill & they repetitiously call those numbers where noone answers to pad their statistics.
Please don't blame the Texas Paralyzed Veterans, a non-profit charitable group. An outside party makes these calls and pick-ups. They try to stay on top of the complaints by letting the 2nd party know about them.