I don’t know how many of you read Dave Barry. I don’t all the time, although his column appears in our paper. Today, though, I am glad I did.
Dave gives an account of how he gave out the telephone number of the American Teleservices Association in an earlier column. Says Dave “If the ATA feels it’s member have a constitutional right to call you then surely the ATA feels you have an equally constitutional right to call the ATA.” Turns out the ATA didn’t feel that way, and complained about the time wasted when one of their employees had to field all those calls for six whole days! They ended up disconnecting the number.
Dave then wonders if it would be correct to give out their email address(which he proceeds to do) or their new phone number(also given). But the ATA surely doesn’t want you to call again. It’s inconvenient! And to insist on calling somebody who doesn’t want to be called, even if you have the legal right to call, well, that’s just plain rude. So I am taking the high road.
Does anyone else remember the episode of WKRP in Cincinatti in which Dr. Johnny Fever encourages people to throw their garbage on the steps of City Hall? And when forced to apologize, he(cough, cough) just happens to mention the address of the mayor? Today’s Dave Barry makes me think of that.