U.C. San Francisco Reports Young Rapscallion Book-Selling Scam
Hospital officials have received reports of young men going door to door and selling books for roughly $40 a pop to supposedly benefit UCSF Children's Hospital. Hospital Executive Director Roxanne Fernandes -- who ougtta know -- recently confirmed that she's never heard of a book-selling effort on behalf of the hospital, now or ever. In short, it's a scam.
The young schemers are reported to be "college-age," and have also claimed to be "students representing UCSF Children's Hospital" or part of an organization called "World Wide Circulation."
Capt. Paul Berlin of the UCSF Police said a duo of caucasian men who were perhaps in their mid-20s (grad school-age?) were last spotted on Jersey Street in Noe Valley, attempting to sell books and fraudulently solicit donations for the hospital. They were described as "medium-sized, medium-build, wearing light clothing." So, once again, all of San Francisco is a suspect ("They went thataway!").
In addition to calling the UCSF Police Department (that's 415-476-1414) if the book-sellers knock on your door, locals should consider patronizing neighborhood bookstores. Speaking of hospitals -- they're on life support!