As opposed to just an ordinary generic fool.
Maybe it’s the fact that my job and home life don’t give me an outlet for anger and frustration. Maybe it’s a tin-foil hat worthy idea that major corporations are out to get me. Then again, maybe it’s the fact that I’m approaching the ripe old age of 37 and I find myself hiking my pant waists up a little higher each day. But in the last week or two I’ve started this insane practice of writing complaint letters to companies anytime they cheese me off.
The latest examples:
- Pampers - They had this program running where if you collected Pampers Perks points off of diaper and wipe packages, you could save them up and redeem them for some neato Fisher-Price and Sesame Street toys. We were saving them, hoping to get enough for the big battery-operated jeep.
The program end date was approaching and we figured that we had better send them in. As a last check, I visited their web site where I dicovered that the really cool stuff was sold out. No problem, they still had some stuff we wanted. We send in our order along with a small check for S&H. This week we get a letter stating that due to the unexpected popularity of the program, they are out of stuff and that we are SOL.
I jump on my computer and fire up Word. Next thing I know I’m drafting this diatribe full of words like “outraged” and “incensed” and phrases like “The unexpected popularity of a program is no excuse for crushing the dreams of a small child.” Truth be told our 22 month old could care less, but they don’t have to know that.
- The Cable Company - Our local cable monopoly (rhymes with Bombast) sent us a flyer informing us that they are pulling WWOR (out of NYC) and giving us YES (NY Yankee TV). All this for only a two dollar price increase. For some people this would be great news. BUT I DON"T WATCH SPORTS! I HATE the idea that any portion of my cable bill is going towards overpaid athletes and greedy owners.
Back to the computer. I go all out and raid my Quicken database to create a graph showing my cable bill over the last three years. It started out at $34.29 a month and is now $43.21 a month (not including the latest hike). Do we have more channels? Of course not. They’ve pulled several stations I used to watch and given me ones I don’t. Net gain = zero. I let them know that if they had a no-sports option that reduced my bill I would gladly sign up.
I can’t wait for the mail to come today. Fresh meat …