Harassment by mail

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Efficiency, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
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    So we mail a few postcards every spring and it's typical that we get calls asking us to take them off our list. We usually say sure, sure, sure, make some noise on a keyboard and hang up. To my knowledge there is nothing like a do not call for mail.

    The other day a lawyer for an estate that got one of our postcards called and used the words "harassment by mail". Had such a good time going round and round with him. Managed to rack up almost a 10 minute call with him. Hope he bills them for wasting my time.

    Apparently it's a real rule but only applies to raunchy mail or race offensive mail.

    Thought I'd thro this out there if anyone ever gets into this issue in the future. Best answer for them is either a polite good by or the dial tone if they are pricks.
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  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    This would be great for the people that thing door hangers and such are harassment to customers too

    At least you know he's seen it more than once now lol
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  3. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 275

    Hell, just knowing that it pissed those kind of people off is well worth the cost of the mailer in my opinion !! Keep sending Thumbs Up
     
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    That's awesome! I've had a few people who email me after getting a card. I simply tell them sorry and I have no control over who gets a postcard. A company(me) generates a list based on certain demographics.

    I'd send them one every month haha. I'm shocked an attorney would even touch this...must be on retainer
     
  5. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's hilarious. Just throw the thing out, it's no
    Big deal.
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  6. klsgc

    klsgc LawnSite Member
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    Anybody get email replies from paper karma? I got 1 last year and 4 this year. It is some kind of unsubscribe service for mail. The even send me a picture of my postcard. Its so nice of them.
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  7. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
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    Karma? That sounds like religious discrimination to me.
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  8. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    It is a pity that members of this site can make a mockery out of contacting people by direct mail when these same people really don't want to receive this information at all. Given enough complaints I am reasonably assured a law or Two will be passed in the future mainly because some folks are willing to spoil this means of advertising by not updating a mailing list or make excuses not to.
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  9. klsgc

    klsgc LawnSite Member
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    I doubt it. Direct mail keeps our governments poor excuse for a postal service alive.
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  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really don't understand you

    How do you expect people to advertise? There is NO law that says you cannot advertise.

    Almost every method you put down. Word of mouth is a waste of time. That's for solo people.

    So what kind of advertising do you like? Keep in mind one avenue is never going to work. You need several avenues of advertising.

    And yes it is a mockery. And I have no issues with it. I bet these same people don't receive news paper or 300 other advertisements a week right?

    Just cause we use over sized postcards and someone complains? He'll I'm happy someone complained. They got noticed!

    FYI we use a different method of advertising for another industry. We average 35 calls and 3 complaints every 2 weeks. Does it stop me? Hell no. It's the best advertising we have
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