Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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Return to sender
Ian Urbina has a fun story in today's New York Times on the small rebellions individuals engage in every day to protest life's petty annoyances. Here's an excerpt:
posted by Dan on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM
I used to mail the junk back to the sender in the pre-paid envelopes. It's a bit of work, because I always ripped my name/address out. (Most mass-mailings come via third parties that lease out their mailing lists - the party your mail returns to may not yet have your name/address)
I like this Williams' tactic better, as it might get, for instance, Citibank, to encourage Mass-Mailing Company X to take you off of their mailing list.
Also, similar to the Dominos guy, I always request a DrPepper, even when I know the place doesn't serve it. Just my way of reminding them that at least one of their customers wish they did.posted by: MattJ on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]
Man, the wife and I do this all the time, typically enclosing one junkmailers glossies in another junkmailers return envelope. And likewise, I always report spam to SpamCop.
Might not be the best use of my time, but yeah, it feels good.posted by: fling93 on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]
I used bugmenot.com to sign up to read the story, so when bugmenot was mentioned I had to laugh.posted by: DavidM on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]
Whatever happened to taping those annoying magazine cards to a brick and plopping them in the mail?posted by: T.A on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]
Allegedly (meaning I read it somewhere on the internet), that would be called 'using a postcard as a label', and voids the postcard. The postal clerks were supposed to trash anything like that.posted by: Barry on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]
Great information, my mail box is filled with about four inches thick of junk mail for my elderly mother in law practically every day!
Re Starbucks. "Grande" of course means "large" in Italian, so you should ask for a large then complain if they try to give you the "Venti". There is no medium, there is small and large, and then 20 oz. which is more accurately called "ridiculous."posted by: Vanya on 03.15.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]
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