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Monday, February 16, 2009

U.C. San Francisco Reports Young Rapscallion Book-Selling Scam

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 6:29 AM

U.C. San Francisco has put out the word that anyone who receives an offer to buy books to supposedly benefit the city's Children's Hospital should do what those confronted with books did in Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 411: Call the authorities.

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!

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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