A Deets reader in Massachusetts sent in this excellent story about his experiences delivering phone books over two days for Verizon. Two days he wishes he could have back.
My favorite: Verizon’s delivery list telling him to delivery 90 phone books to a Verizon server farm: “Why do servers need phone books?”
Dear Mr. Kohler,
I came across your blog about Verizon and phone book delivery problem. On 12/29,30 I spent the 8+ hours trying to make “easy money” supposedly. I live in MA in the home town of Mitt Romney, Belmont MA, yeah not cool.
I worked for 8+ hours sorting, throwing ,driving, and more. First sign of futility , businesses need to sign when they get all 3 phone books supposedly. Businesses in town were too busy, didn’t want them, know English, thought they had to pay for phone book, care, and signed with a comment of “this is ridiculous”. Yes it is!
Signing for a damn book you will never use. Some did not even have Verizon as a carrier, so why do they need it.
People on the route legitimately ran out of their house giving them back to us! One guy said he has called Verizon 4 times screaming at them about this and they keep coming back. I was dude no problem.
In the beginning I tried to care about where I threw this phone books but at the end of all the stupidity I just threw them.
I did every single house/ business on the route 546 to be exact and had so many extra. WOW what a surprise no one wants an out of date phone book. The people were questioning that I exactly did it. They made a huge deal about it too. I could have been like anyone else and throw them in a dumpster without any care but I thought about recycling and reusing. Is that a bad thing?
Side point in the office they were using windows 98 on an ancient laptop obvious the digital revolution has not struck them yet.
The kicker was when on the list was a server farm that Verizon exactly OWNED and was supposed to received 30 bundles or 90 books total. There was a dude outside who said “why do servers need phone books?” Hmmm.
Oh another great green environment practice is putting every book into a plastic bag. More waste.
So having finished the great task and trying to earn quick cash to go snowboarding in VT, I don’t have my money. The lousy $120 split 2 ways without the gas, insurance, labor, headaches. The dumbass people think I did not do the route even as I explain the flaws in this system. They need to check it and make sure. Ok!
What started off as a why to go boarding ended up in a headache and a killer to the environment.
Thanks Verizon, Idearc ,and Whoever else!
Thanks for the sordid tale. I feel bad for the local businesses in Belmont, MA who paid for Verizon to delivery phone books to servers, people who didn’t want the, people who think they’re ridiculous, etc.
Verizon is not helping but hurting businesses in Belmont, MA when they behave like this.