Fuck You, Paypal
As you know, Paypal has been dicking around with the money we’ve collected for the Secret Santa fund. Their argument is that I generated this money using a “Donate” button, and not the “Buy Now” or “Shopping Cart” buttons I have been using for all the other fundraising I’ve done in the last two years.
Because I used the wrong button, they have made me send them everything from bank statements to Articles of Incorporation to affidavits and notarized statements, even though I have been a verified business customer of theirs for 10 years.
After sending all this shit over to them from EUROPE, I just came back home to this email:
We appreciate that you have chosen PayPal to accept payments for your organization and thank you for your patience during this review process.
PayPal permits the donation button to be used by verified non-profit organizations. PayPal also permits donations to the accounts of individuals or organizations that are authorized to fundraise on behalf of verified non-profit organizations.
It appears that your PayPal account belongs to a corporation, and not a non-profit organization. Please refund the donations that you have collected.
Yes, I used the wrong button. Not that it says anywhere on Paypal that this button can’t be used by a corporation to assist individuals in need. This is just something you get to find out after collecting thousands of dollars that you now have to manually return $2 at a time.
PAYPAL IS AWESOME
The good news is that a lot of your
donations contributions purchases were already processed before Paypal got smart and put a stop to helping kids who benefit from the use of the wrong button. So not everyone is getting a refund; just several hundred of you, and I’m going to sit down and do that right now while cursing a lot.
UPDATE: While slogging my way through hundreds of refunds, I noticed this interesting little disclaimer.
See how this works?
1. Paypal offers a DONATE button for you to use on your site
2. After you use it to raise funds, they tell you that you aren’t allowed to use it and make you return the money
3. They keep part of the fee for doing nothing
The best part is that when you raise the money all over again with a different button, they get fees on that. And of course, they process all the toy purchase payments, so this is a triple dip on money raised for needy kids at Christmas.