I'd like to be naughty too. Telling LIDL that now I just pull the flyer out of the letterbox and drop it on the front doorstep or straight into the bin or the recycling, without reading it, has had no effect. They don't really care, if it's one isolated household complaining. Telling them where I would like to half-insert the flyer if I ever catch the distributor - that's had no effect! They just write back back and tell me that they hope I will continue to be a valued customer. Ha! |
One of the local freebie newspapers came on Thursday, and again on Sunday - the same edition - rolled up and half-way through. I rang the distributors and said it was a waste to deliver two and annoying to have them holding the letterbox open. The woman who answered was in fact tearing her hair out, without my help. Her normal delivery people are schoolchildren, who are now on holiday from school and from delivering, and their replacements don't know what they're doing. I probably got two papers because they don't know where the boundaries of the delivery areas are. She's farmed her daughter out to some summer school, but she's counting the days to when school starts again, and she gets her normal workforce back.
Only two more weeks, the children will be back at school, deliveries may be back to normal, and the FT homepage New Chat Posts will not be taken over by Harry Potter and For Children topics.
I'd like to be naughty but I can't think of anything I could do that any of them would notice. The only thing I can think of is following an inconsiderate deliverer home, and propping their letterbox open, but life's too short and I'd probably get arrested. :(
Reply #741. Aug 18 10, 2:12 PM
Well, Lesley. The first thing is to realize they don't give a hoot as it isn't happening to them. |
Here they just stick them where they will fit. A breeze comes up and they go flying down the street. That is how I end up with so many. I try to keep our "mini" street cleaned up. Calling does no good. Talking to those who distribute the flyers does no good. All you get from them is the "disinterested blink" their eyes do when you speak to them. I've even tried contacting the companies which are advertised on these fliers. No one cares and life is way too short to try any other tactics but to throw the things in the bin and curse the company that started the whole business.
Even the signs in the complex do not deter these distributors. The only good point is they spend money to have them delivered and I doubt they make any money from doing so.
Reply #742. Aug 18 10, 2:37 PM
No, you have nothing to apologise for, because you're not saying anything I don't know. I must be more optimistic than I realised. |
I did catch one once - a dead-behind-the-eyes hostile schoolgirl, who said "what's your problem?" and flounced off. She will understand when she pays her own heating bills and house insurance, but that won't help me.
Yes, I shall take comfort in the knowledge that LIDL are indeed wasting their money. Thank you!
Reply #743. Aug 18 10, 3:00 PM
Just love advertisement and the way it works, people even discuss companies on the internet for free, and through their discussion evoke interest in them.|
If you are aggrieved with advertisements post them back without postage! AND..vote with your feet, just don’t shop there!
Lidl is a fantastic supermarket(for those who use it) catering for the masses at very reasonable prices, they offer obscure brands and goods which makes them different from “chavvie” Tesco and Asda ...All in all they are fine and generally well liked “apart from the owner of one letter box in Bedford”
Oh, btw, I have no association with any of the above.
Reply #744. Aug 18 10, 3:43 PM
"If you are aggrieved with advertisements post them back without postage!" |
Thought of that - may actually get round to it one day. Probably quite soon if LIDL continue not caring who they annoy.
"AND..vote with your feet, just don’t shop there!"
I don't. Haven't for a few years. It's a long time since they looked like they had anything I wanted. :(
Reply #746. Aug 18 10, 5:16 PM
I have never been to Lidl, although it is 10 minutes´ walk from my home. I heard they sell local fruit and vegetables. This is one of my small and annoying things that fruit and vegetables are from Italy and Spain and God knows from where else, although we are perfectly able to produce our own apples, peaches etc. I wonder who pays for the petrol. We, probably.|
Reply #747. Aug 18 10, 5:48 PM
Every supermarket in England sells fruit and vegetables from much further away than other EEC member states: and sadly England does not produce its own peaches. New season English apples are in the shops now (including Lidl). Far more irritating are the likes of M&S and Waitrose (scions of the retail supermarkets) selling strawberries and cherries from the USA when there is a European alternative - perhaps not as big and brash, but smaller and tastier (small is often beautiful). Could not for the life of me understand why Tesco locally were (are) selling asparagus from Peru when we are in the centre of the biggest asparagus producer in the UK.|
Lidl do sell local produce, but why spend £1 on a cucumber when you can buy exactly the same one for 29p. OK Lidl may not be Waitrose, but it doesnt purport to be: for many items it is cheaper, and often better. No Asda (Wallmart) in Cheltenham so Lidl is a good alternative. Their German potato salad with creme fraiche rather than mayo is delish.
Why not post all your junk mail to Lidl in an unstamped envelope - sure they would mind paying the extra postage, but may make you feel a bit more satisfied.
Reply #748. Aug 19 10, 1:15 AM
With every university applicant in the UK poised to log on to the UCAS website at midnight to find out whether they'd got their place, couldn't the boffins who run the bloody thing have anticipated this and perhaps arranged things so the site didn't crash?|
Reply #749. Aug 19 10, 2:28 AM
I had always wondered what the rather smart building by the park and ride was in Cheltenham - doh moment, UCAS flag flying!|
They were in before 7 this morning apparently though... lots of luverly overtime!
Reply #750. Aug 19 10, 2:59 AM
Today I had a phone call from someone in customer services in LIDL. She's the third person I've spoken to in that department, and the first one who's apologised. She said the distributors were not doing their job properly, and what I described was not up to their required standards. |
It seems that I'm not the only person who's complained. That's nice to know!
She said they've passed my address to the advertising department, who will tell the distributors to take it off their list. Be good if it works.
Oh and if I change my mind, all I have to do is phone them, and they'll reinstate deliveries. That's *really* good to know!
Reply #751. Aug 19 10, 1:05 PM
LITTLE SISTERS, big time.|
Reply #752. Aug 19 10, 10:11 PM
That someone consistently does Word Wizard in 29 - 30 seconds when it takes me that long to read the blinkin questions alone. Going to give up as guess its not my strong point.|
Reply #753. Aug 20 10, 4:24 AM
That someone changes my topic in Expert game to something as boring and repetitive as "Alphabetics", so he (she) can prove that s/he is so fast in the Champions Division, where there are no badges anyway.|
Reply #754. Aug 20 10, 5:53 PM
People who smack their mouth when they eat, I was taught to eat with my mouth closed and so glad I was.|
Reply #755. Aug 20 10, 7:17 PM
URGHH! Hate that,too!
Reply #756. Aug 21 10, 5:31 AM
People who put the soap powder in the bit where you are supposed to put the fabric conditioner. Then little half-dissolved bits of soap powder get left behind because they went through the rinse instead of the wash!
People who do this shouldn't be allowed to wash their clothes with anythng but a scrubbing board and a mangle!
Reply #757. Aug 21 10, 6:25 AM
You can get round that by using gel capsules or liquid detergent... |
Reply #758. Aug 21 10, 6:26 AM
In my local hospital, the Cardiology department, and Cardiology appointments, answer the phone between two and six. Perhaps it takes them five hours every day to find the phone. (I've had disagreements in that department when they've "been unable to trace" my appointment, and I've thought I didn't need to take the appointment letter with me. They were only disagreements because of where they were. In any other department, they would probably have turned into stand-up rows and general slaughter.) |
Reply #759. Aug 23 10, 6:02 AM
People who have lost touch with simple courtesy. |
There are people (or computer programmers) who think that because I've asked their company for a quote, or accepted the quote, or decided to buy something off them, they can automatically use my first name.
One boy was on the phone a few years ago, trying to sell me "cheap" printer ink. (It looks like a good deal but, by the time you add carriage, and VAT to everything, and have to wait for delivery, it suddenly doesn't look quite so cheap.) As we were talking, he was using my (first) name ten times in every sentence. I could probably take once every ten sentences, but this was overkill.
I asked him why he was doing it, and he told me to move with the times. I bought my ink cartridges in the local stationers.
Years and years ago, my H and I were buying our first flat, and he asked his bank for a loan of a few hundred pounds. They were very awkward about it, which annoyed him, because they'd had the family's personal accounts, and the family business accounts, for longer than anyone could remember. I asked my bank. They'd had my account for about eight years, and they said OK, as long as we get your husband's account too.
This was in the early 70s, before legislation enabled women to borrow money, just like real people, without getting a man as a guarantor. It was also a neat way of getting more customers!
Almost immediately, I stopped getting bank statements, and it didn't take long for the penny to drop. They'd started sending everything to him. I complained - nothing to do with sexism - it was keeping me in the dark, and it was just plain rude! The bank agreed, and started addressing everything to both of us.
A few years later, we needed a bit more life assurance, and we took out a joint policy with the company I was working for. So why wasn't I seeing newsletters and bonus statements? Because they were all addressed to him!
I remonstrated, and was told that there was only enough room in the address field for one name. So, as before, nothing to do with sexism - just lame computer programmers. :(
Reply #760. Sep 11 10, 11:58 AM
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