8-9-12 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Two girls came to our door to sell subscriptions for servicemen and they would get a trip to Disneyland—-asked for a glass of water—then asked to use the bathroom.
A neighbor of ours said the same thing happened to him with the same girl going to the bathroom. He said the girl was in there a long time.
ANOTHER COMMENT POSTED ON THE ACN FACEBOOK PAGE 8-10-12:
We have had a couple of edgy girls walking the Crest and Harbo areas asking for donations for a honors trip w UCSD. They want cash or checks only made to them for magazine subscription that will benefit the wounded warriors project. I called the wwp and UCSD and neither know about these fundraisers. Just thought I would give you the heads up. There was a similar thing going on in Santee last month.
- A. Lowry
**MORE INFO ABOUT SOLICITORS (Especially if they say it is for Servicemen OR are Wearing Fatigues) - Submitted By Shirley (Alpine Resident)
Any person doing business out on the street for servicemen whether it be door to door or in a parking lot–-DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY!!
In 2008, I was loading groceries in my car at Albertson’s. A young man approached me in a wheel chair. He only had a shirt fatigue on–can’t remember if he was wearing a name tag. He was also selling t-shirts–said it was for the servicemen.
I watched him wheeling around (actually racing) approaching other customers in the parking lot. I knew then something was up as servicemen do not do this..
I sent an email to Camp Pendleton and this was their reply BELOW:
Good Afternoon Ma’am,
Thank you for your submission to the CO’s Mailbox.
It is against Department of Defense policy for any service member to solicited or sell any merchandise that is not endorsed by the DOD on an official capacity, in uniform. Furthermore, Marines are not authorized to wear their camouflage utilities off base, unless traveling in their vehicles to and from work.
If the situation arises again, please observe the Marines rank and name, ask him for identification and what unit he belongs to. You may then follow up with the command to see that the situation is brought to their attention.
This response was generated by the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Affairs Office. If this has not fully answered your question/concern please let us know how we can assist you further.
MCB Camp Pendleton