I have had my fill of junk mail. Literally.
Unfortuntately Divine Intervention was not forthcoming in response to my enraged ejaculations in the direction of the Good Lord. Probably because he knows I know he's not there.
So back to earthly remedies.
I have written to some of the people who have stuffed my letterbox, including the post office. They have all taken the line that they are under contract to distribute such mail (the post office) or just a plain "eff off" (any of the very few others who bothered to reply).
The citizen's advice bureau advises you to contact the IDMA but this will only get you off lists for mail which is specifically addressed to your residence. You are still left with the fliers which I suspect are the main problem for most people.
Various remedies have been suggested. One that I liked, and which reminded me of a long past Private Eye campaign against W H Smith who refused to handle their publication, was to collect all your junk mail, assemble it in small parcels and post them all, without any stamp, to the mailer of your choice. Clearly this would only have an effect if adopted by a sufficiently wide segment of the offended population.
An alternative, suggested by the cartoon below, is to put the paper to your own constructive use.
I remember making "papier maché" in school which could be used like plaster for making masks, boxes or whatever. You normally used paste and newsprint to do this but it might just be possible to come up with some fluid which, when mixed with the glossy junkmail, would produce the same effect.
Perhaps we might see junkmail banks springing up to facilitate those who don't want to go to all this trouble in the home. On reflection, maybe that's already there, after a fashion, in our current domestic recycling bins.
Anyway, for those of my readers whose blood pressure has reached an all time high since starting to read this post, I would like to end on a calm and civilised note.
I recently got a flier from a local motoring school. Needless to say there was an email address to facilitate booking your place.
So I mailed the offender in the following terms.
I have a notice on my letterbox requesting no junk mail.
I have just received your flier in triplicate.
I would like an explanation from you of how this happened and what instructions you give your flier distributors.
I would appreciate a reply before taking this matter up on my blog.
Much to my surprise I got the following prompt reply
I have now terminated my contract with the distribution company. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
There's hope for us all yet.
And the civilised and concerned citizen involved is
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