A local reader had to vent after his most recent altercation with Verizon after they spammed his business. I toned down the f-bombs. 🙂
I am a business owner on Nicollet ave and I have chased down delivery trucks and threw phone books back at them. Today I see I have a Verizon bag hanging from my front door of my business. I’m like you. It PISSES ME OFF. I have not opened a phone book for about 10 years.
I called Verizon and SCREAMED at them. I demanded they come and pick it up. Their response was “donate the book to a school”. Can you believe those words even came out of their mouths?????
I said ” you are requiring me to f***ing take time out of my day to properly dispose of something I never asked for. I have to take all my recyclables home to recycle. So I was really annoyed. I said “come out here and pick up your f***ing trash off my front door.” he said Verizon does not do that. I said he must not have heard me. I said “come out here and pick up your f***ing trash from my door”.
He said “I don’t think we have a delivery vehicle in your area”. I said “I don’t think you heard me. Come and pick up your f***ing trash from my door”. He said….. “ok. it might take a few days.”
He asked for my address and said he would put me on his “do not distribute list”. Something these companies say they do but I keep getting their phone books.
So we’ll see what happens.
It seems like yellow pages have gone from truly useful to mildly useful to printed SPAM status over the past 15 years. People are starting to wake up to the fact that SPAM isn’t just an email problem. It comes in printed form as well.
UPDATE: It turns out that his strategy works. A rusty van just showed up at his business to pick up his unsolicited Verizon phone book.