Posts Tagged ‘unwanted’

You See Fewer Obsolete Phone Books Littering San Francisco These Days – Perhaps the Message is Getting Through?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Let’s hope so.

On Duboce:

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Attention San Francisco: The Great Phonebook Recycle of 2012 Has Begun – If You See a Big Stack, Recycle Immediately

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Here’s a good dozen what sat in the lobby for twelve long hours.

Guess what? Nobody took even a one.

So these books got hauled off to the big blue bin when I got home last night. Good times.

And best of all,  those The Real Yellow Pages / AT&T / YP books are surprisingly small these days, so you can carry them all in just one trip, you know, before they get all soggy:

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Uh, AT&T, what’s the point of this exercise?

Nobody in San Francisco wants your Yellow Pages.

I know you think that we do, but we don’t.

Does Verizon do this? No

Does Sprint do this? No

Does T-Mobile do this? No

So why do you do it?

I know that you can do it, you know, legally, but I don’t know why you do it.

If you want to get credit for giving minimum wage union members money, why not just give them money and be done with it?

Anyway, if I see any stack of your phonebooks anywhere about town anywhere near a big blue recycling bin or an AT&T store, they’re all going to get together tout de suite.

No charge.

See you in Hell, Yellow Pages people.

NB: Don’t try to “opt out,” San Francisco. All that does is give your contact information to AT&T so that they can ask you, every fucking year, if you still want to opt out. My conclusion: AT&T is a cancer.

Unwanted, Unsolicited Copies of “The Ed Lee Story” Litter Our Streets – Who Opted In? – If We Can Ban Phone Books…

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

[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.

So if we are banning unwanted telephone books, why do we allow copies of the laughable Ed Lee Story: An Unelected Mayor to be strewn about the Avenues?

Thusly.

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.

Mmmmmm….

I wonder if they’re recyclable?

Oh well…

The Dry San Francisco Phone Books of Winter Have Become the Soggy San Francisco Phone Books of Spring

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

See? They’re still out there.

Shouldn’t the telephone book companies send their people around to pick up all the unwanted phone books still sitting around after a month or two?

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Now, is this true?

“Just this week, a San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee voted to ban the distribution of commercial phone books.”

Uh, not really. The proposal was sort of like a ban, but not really.

Oh well

Dear AT&T: Nobody in San Francisco Wants Your Fracking Useless Telephone Books, Absolutely Nobody

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Is there some law that says AT&T is required to deliver waaaaaaay too many phone books to San Francisco households every year? Could be.

If there is, wouldn’t it be easier for all concerned if instead of leaving all these unwanted phone books out in the rain for day after day, week after week, AT&T could just have its workers deliver them directly to the recycling bins out back?

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What’s that, AT&T? People still love your phone books? No they don’t.

Obviously, there’s profit to be had, somehow, in this annual exercise, so oh well.

Attention Phone Book Companies: San Francisco Does Not Want Your Product

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Here’s the problem – you phone book companies just assume that people want your product. En realidad, nobody wants phone books anymore.

What’s that? People like the coupons? Well, then just mail them the coupons, fine. What’s that? People can always call these 800 numbers to opt out of this whole meshugenah process? And then what? Get put on hold and then “press 4, then 5, then 2…” Srsly

Maybe most everybody in Witchita, Kansas likes your five pound paperbacks, but not out here on the west si-iiide of the country.  

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And do you realize what people are doing with your pulped up dead trees? Setting portable toilets on fire, that’s what. Really. It’s supposed to be a secret, but do with this information as you will.

To review, nobody wants your product. All souls living in the 415 want to opt out of home delivery.

In the alternative, just put your books directly into the recycling bins out front to save us the trouble.

Please make a note of this for next year. Kthanxbye.