Friday, September 7, 2012
The Paper: How Does One Get Delivery Stopped?
I'm going to work hard to keep the profanity out of this post, but I'm chewing nails right now. I don't know exactly what it will take to get Roanoke's daily newsletter to stop throwing its plastic-wrapped newspaper advertising supplement onto my driveway every Friday and I'm at wit's end with the effort to get that done.
I have called three times to get it stopped and each time the 12-year-old on the other end of the phone says in a squeaky voice that "it will take two to three weeks to get it stopped" and two to three weeks later, it's still lying there. It was there again today, as it was last week and the week before. I called the city attorney at one point and he said there wasn't much he could do. Fact is that if I went around the neighborhood throwing garbage onto people's driveways on a weekly basis, there would be a black and white squad car in my driveway soon enough.
I do understand that the paper charges for the number of households whose driveways it pollutes with this crap, but the advertisers are not told how many of us are offended or how many simply take the paper straight to the trash can or (I hope) the recycling box. The paper is suffering hard times, I understand, but it's not up to me to solve that.
If anybody has a suggestion of how I might end this insulting and disrespectful behavior, please let me know. I'm filling up precious space in our landfill with these little deposits of bullshit (sorry, had to get at least one in).