[conspire] Idiot waiver demands

Keith Wood kw6 at xmission.com
Fri Sep 24 20:36:18 PDT 2010

I used to volunteer with the American Red Cross, and probably spent a 
couple of thousand hours over the years working disaster communications.

That ended a couple of years ago, when they demanded that all volunteers 
go through a background AND CREDIT check, with a waiver which allowed 
the third-party credit place to do ANYTHING THEY CHOSE with the private 
information that I was supposed to provide and anything that they turned 
up in the checks.

I wrote ARC and essentially said "Let me get this straight:  You won't 
call me to come work for you at disasters -- bringing my thousands of 
dollars' worth of ham gear, computers, vehicles and other equipment -- 
unless I have a high enough credit rating . .?  If there is anyone who 
should prove anything, it's YOU.  Lose my phone number and email address."

Since then, I have done commo for SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency 
Radio Network), but when ARC calls me I just laugh and hang up.

Keith R. Wood

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