Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You Be The Judge.

Last year I wrote about receiving mail for my wife. I still am getting the mail, at least three a month. I did get one of them stopped. She was sent a letter wanting to sell her car insurance. I then received a follow-up phone call. When they asked to speak with her I informed the lady that she was dead. The lady was extremely apologetic and I have not heard from them since. Yesterday I recieved a letter from the National Institute Of Infant Nutrition. It was a survey for her to fill out. One thing that the survey said that made me shake my head was "Please be assured that we will not sell your name to anyone." I wonder how they got her name? The survey came complete with a postage paid envelope. I am returning the survey, unfilled of course, along with the following note:

Please remove Debra's name from your database. I don't know where you got her name from, but she died on June 5, 2000. For the last year I have been receiving baby mailings addressed to her. I would appreciate it if you could stop some of this. Thank you.

The note was a lot tamer than what originally went through my mind to write. My original thoughts were both rude and sarcastic. I decided that tone was not needed. I am curious if you think I did the right thing by writing or do you think I should have just thrown it away? Originally I found it funny, but I am now getting a little annoyed by it.


A piece of news said...

I think you did the right thing. Even better would be to call them. If you look at it from their perspective, it is truly wasted money and effort in the business sense. You might make a phone call to these businesses if they at least provide a number. I'm sorry it happens. I'm sure it is very annoying to say the least.

Al Penwasser said...

You absolutely did the right thing. But, I LOVE the picture!
On a "not as serious as you" note: I get mail addressed to my ex-wife at my house, which is four states away from where we were married-25 years ago!