Vigilante Justice

I just ranted this morning that my husband and I have now received four phone books at our residence (three within the last two weeks), so finding this video in my twitter feed is particularly timely.

If another one shows up I might get obnoxious.

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10 thoughts on “Vigilante Justice”

  1. The only thing I ever use the yellow pages for is to order pizza / food. The rest of it is pointless. Note to takeout/delivery peeps: if you don’t put your prices in your ad, and someone else selling the same thing does put their price in, I will always call the other place. I wanna know the price, and I don’t wanna have to call or place an order to find out what it is.

  2. If the company uses service groups to deliver the books, as they do in SK, then it’s probably a matter of poor route-mapping and communications. If it’s the company itself delivering, they may be working from obsolete billing records. Either way, a pain.

  3. I think more importantly though, we need to look at the need for the books in the first place – I would almost prefer a system where you can request one free of charge as opposed to having to opt out.

    It seems like a system of excessive paper consumption and subsequent recycling regardless of whether or not the spine was cracked.

    I’d personally would prefer an electronic version – I know there is, but being able to “flip through” scans of the printed pages would be just as effective for seeing and comparing menus.

  4. I frankly support phone books. I enjoy them. They’re much easier to use than the Google to find stuff, though the categories can be sometimes hard to figure out. One will do.

  5. But again, do you think it would make more sense to opt-in as opposed to opt-out to save the mountains that never get used?

  6. Send em my way. I have never once received a phone book on my block of Albert. One year I even phoned and asked. Nada.

  7. I’m with Garth and Carle on this one. Eventually, phone books may be phased out in favour of electronic devices, but until then, they serve a significant number of people who either may not be on the same side of the digital divide as you are, or who prefer the paper version for various reasons, not the least of which is widepsread exposure for a business/service. As both Carle and I have pointed out in our different ways, what seems like waste may be more a matter of poor distribution.

  8. I don’t disagree that some people still find them useful – and that there are a lot of people who either don’t have access to the internet or don’t enjoy using it to find this type of information. But again, I think it should be an opt-in system. When you sign up for a telephone account you should be asked if you want one that can be delivered free of charge (as they are now). It would also be a way to keep track to see if you actually do get one (hopefully dealing with the distribution stuff). Thoughts?

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