Re: [GRRN] Junk mail idea

Barbara Schaefer (
Tue, 19 Jan 1999 09:46:53 -0600

A number of years ago, a Sudbury, Ontario couple won in small claims court
for non-payment of an invoice they sent to a "junk mail harasser". I think
the couple sent a few reminder notices before resorting to court for the
payment of $70 (if memory serves).

I have also heard about people who have used the postage paid envelope that
is included with the junk mail solicitation to send the harasser a package
full of bricks. Now that had to hurt!

Barbara Schaefer
University of Toronto

>Hi Jerry!
>I can't agree that Hop's invoices to senders of "junk mail" were "junk
>After all, they were written in reply to mail he received (they were, in a
>sense, "solicited").
>Also, Hop's responses were addressed to a particular recipient and sent (I
>assume) by regular post rather than bulk mail; this was not a mass mail-out
>(8 items, I think he said).
>I have forwarded Hop's message to a friend who writes for Adbusters
>Magazine, and I hope the initiative gets some media coverage. It's time the
>purveyors of junk mail stop assuming that someone else will clean up after
>their left-overs!
>Helen Spiegelman
>3570 West 22nd Avenue
>Vancouver, British Columbia
>604/731-8463 (fax)

Barbara Schaefer
Office of Waste Management
University of Toronto
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Toronto, ON M5S 1A1
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