Scaring Away Junk Mail

3 Feb


Typical advertising mail

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Do you ever get those letters from survey companies, asking you for information ranging from the make and model of your car to your baby’s shoe size and how much money you are willing to part with so that charities can hound you for the rest of your life, all for the gift of a homemade pen the length of your little fingernail?

The Hub received one and started to fill it in but got hacked off at the level of intimate detail they required.  He chucked the form in the shredder, took a blank piece of paper, wrote ‘Boo!’ on it, folded it in half and stuck it in the pre-paid envelope, and sent it off.

We haven’t had any mail from that company since.



36 Responses to “Scaring Away Junk Mail”

  1. adinparadise February 3, 2012 at 15:37 #

    That’s sooo funny. I hope they laughed too. 😉


  2. earlybird February 3, 2012 at 15:38 #

    Excellent! I am allergic to filling out forms so I always throw them away but I never thought of getting revenge by using their post paid envelope and sending something back…


  3. andy1076 February 3, 2012 at 15:39 #

    LOL! I’ll have to try this! 😀


  4. McGuffyAnn February 3, 2012 at 15:46 #

    I see why you love The Hub.


  5. slpmartin February 3, 2012 at 15:47 #

    Rarely do surveys..but your husband’s approach is one I must try sometime…tell him thanks!


  6. viv blake February 3, 2012 at 17:11 #

    Love dit. Bravo Hub.


  7. laurieanichols February 3, 2012 at 18:13 #

    Your hubby is a formidable opponent, I am sure that between the two of you there is an excellent television series just waiting to be broadcast. Both of you are exceedingly witty. There is gold here to be mined! Thank you for the laugh.


  8. evilnymphstuff February 3, 2012 at 18:30 #

    Haha wow it’s very effective!


  9. Pseu February 3, 2012 at 18:37 #

    Daft! And viar amoozing


  10. adeeyoyo February 3, 2012 at 19:04 #

    It’s a wonder they didn’t send one back to him with “Hoo” written on it!


    • Hanna February 4, 2012 at 15:12 #

      Yes, wonder why? I guess they weren’t creative enough to match him :).


  11. 1stjoeyanna February 3, 2012 at 19:23 #

    Genius idea! And I’m sure they had to pay for the postage! LOL


  12. SchmidleysScribbling February 3, 2012 at 19:38 #

    Now that’s a thought. We sort through the mail while we are outside retrieving it and throw most of it in the recycle bin (the post person is afraid of our 6 pound dog and won’t put it through the letter box. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud February 5, 2012 at 13:03 #

      I like the idea of never letting junk mail in the house.


  13. Jeff February 3, 2012 at 20:44 #

    Haha. I like that. I like to follow Andy Rooney’s advice and stuff all of their advertising back in the prepaid envelope and send it back to them.


  14. nailingjellotoatree February 3, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Bwahaha! That’s fabulous!


  15. kateshrewsday February 3, 2012 at 21:52 #

    Love this 😀 Phil saves up all the pre paid envelopes and strikes out the addresses, using them for his own dastardly purposes. He uses far fewer stamps consequently. It’s petty, but it’s a very small kind of revenge.


  16. Grannymar February 3, 2012 at 22:29 #

    I used to get plenty of junk mail. I did three things that helped reduce it. I saved it and bunged the lot in one of those prepaid envelopes having first removed all references to me. I am sure the envelopes were well over the set limit in weight.
    Then I had my phone made ex- directory and arranged to be on the limited voting register and not the one available to all and sundry.

    I get very little rubbish now. Royal Mail Postmen are paid extra to deliver junk mail, but, can only push three items through your mailbox on any given day.


  17. Fi (Wonderfully Wired Mum) February 3, 2012 at 23:25 #

    that is fantastic!
    i laughed so hard when I imagined their faces upon opening it 🙂


  18. Patti February 4, 2012 at 01:13 #

    Simple, but effective.


  19. barb19 February 4, 2012 at 02:20 #

    I must remember that one!


  20. musings February 4, 2012 at 06:59 #

    Funny… we don’t get that many surveys. They must not care what we think.


  21. Piglet in Portugal February 4, 2012 at 20:02 #

    I used to stuff one junk mail return envelope with the contents of another. they then ended up paying the postage.

    Love your idea though!


  22. Lorna's Voice February 4, 2012 at 22:35 #

    If only the companies that send me junk were scared off so easily. Good for you!


  23. eof737 February 5, 2012 at 05:08 #

    Smart move, smart man! 😆


  24. bluebee February 6, 2012 at 11:44 #

    Such wicked ideas here 😀


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