[UPDATE: Looks like the opt-in theory is dead, as Jesse Mullan of Fine Internets reports that The Ed Lee Story: An Unexpected Mayor was actually delivered to candidate Dennis Herrera's house. How wude!]
Now of course there’s a First Amendment issue about telephone book companies being banned from delivering useless telephone books willy-nilly to the residents of San Francisco, but that’s not stopping us from trying to stop delivery of useless telephone books.
Here’s the sitch as it is right now in the Richmond:
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Oh here’s another a few houses over – Ed’s waiting for you to come home!
The copies I saw strewn about are just like the books what come around every so often, pretty much. I mean, these aren’t campaign fliers, they’re full-on paperback books with 132 pages each.
Anyway, each Ed Lee for Mayor book had a Post-It Note what said, “Hope you enjoy the book. Vote ED! :)” ad naseum, all in identical girlish handwriting.
(So that’s what those high school students are being “organized” to do for $11 per hour? O.K. fine, but can you imagine the typical high school student writing thousands of Post It Notes to support the conservative, pro-business candidate?)
You’ll find a slightly different message on the copies that are showing up in the “Free, Take One” remainder bins across town – “We love you,” they say.
It’s safe at this point to mention that the printer made too many copies, I think, that somebody overestimated demand for this tome.
If only there were a place we could send all these unwanted books.
I wonder if they’re recyclable?