The following is an ‘urgent announcement’ that has been circulating on some websites urging ‘residents and people that care‘ to donate money:
Urgent Plea From Shmira
Crown Heights Shmira is urgently collecting money for two Bochurim who were falsely accused of a crime. Their defense may exceed $25,000.00. We are pleading for you to give what you can. Please do not let two Bochurim be punished – they are innocent.
To give by credit card: call 718-***-****
To give by check: Crown Heights Smira *** Kingston Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11213
Crown Heights Shmira
Yossi Stern, Coordinator
This seemingly good hearted notice was originally published with the stated reason that “the bochurim do not speak English and need lawyers so they do not get convicted”, yet it gradually changed to another story.
When i called up posing as someone interested in donating I simply asked “what exactly happened to the Bochrim that they need legal aid from an attorney?” which they didn’t have an answer for, they just answered me “its for the organization so we can protect you” so I said “its not what you said in your posts on the internet” the answer I got was “well are you going to donate or not?” and had the phone hung up on me.
When it smells I call it that. Go cheat someone else.
What does it take to run a patrol? A radio and the desire to help, money isn’t a primal factor!