Archive for September 2007

Yellow Pages Humor

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over 10,000 satisfied clients indeed!

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USDirectory.com is a scam

USDirectory.com is a scam.

US Directory says that they’ll “put you in Directory Internet Yellow Pages, Superpages, Switchboard, MSN, and Area Guides.” and “Create a Promo website”. It’s a scam. First, there is no such thing as “Directory Internet Yellow Pages” or “Area Guides”. Yes, they capitalized them in their letter to her.

I’ve been selling yellow pages to folks. In my travels, a business owner (business initials K.C. in San Francisco) showed me the service she had signed up for with US Directory. The business owner had signed up for their services about 90 days prior to my visit. I went online and checked to see if her rank on various websites had been increased. Nothing. Nada. Niet. Nuffum. The search for USDirectory’s footprint was made easier because they actually misspelled her company’s name in the letter! While it’s true that she got a listing on USDirectory.com’s website with a little heart next to her company’s name, (spelled incorrectly), there was no sign of her company anywhere else on the internet.

The Dallas, TX Better Business Bureau has an alert about USDirectory.com, saying it’s a scam
http://www.dallas.bbb.org/news_20061115a.html

Phony Directory Callers Targeting Businesses
Watch out for this scheme against business. The BBB in Fresno reports that businesses there have been receiving calls from USdirectory.com, also known as Directory Billing LLC. The callers say they would like to verify the business’ address and phone number for the Yellow Pages. Then the business receives a notice that their service is activated as a “Preferred Merchant of Directory Billing Internet Yellow Pages,” at a cost of $49.95 a month, bill through the local phone company. The company is based in Boca Raton, FL, and the BBB in West Palm Beach reports USdirectory.com has an unsatisfactory record due to unanswered complaints and a pattern of responding slowly to complaints.

They had a 90 day money back guarantee that amazingly, they honored when she called and canceled her service.

Man Beheads Tame Hotel Duck, Ducks Outlawed

http://tjic.com/?p=7238

ST. PAUL, Minn.

…Scott D. Clark, a guest at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul, cornered the [ tame duck that lived in a hotel lobby’s ornamental pond ] early Saturday morning, grabbed the bird and ripped its head from its body while a hotel security guard and others watched, police said…

“He was allegedly drunk,” Wuorinen said.

Tim Shields, general counsel with the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies … said…

“I think Embassy Suites needs to take another look at this and review how they keep ducks safe, or use fish like most hotels would use,”

I just sent a fax to Mr Shields… I’m looking for Embassy Suites contact info now…

Minnesota Federated Humane Societies
Tim Shields
6613 Penn Ave. S., Ste. 100
Richfield, MN 55423
612-866-8663
Fax: 612-861-1786

Lee C. Sonko
[redacted]

Mr. Shields,

I recently read your comment about the extremely unfortunate incident at the Embassy Suites Hotel in St. Paul.

“I think Embassy Suites needs to take another look at this and review how they keep ducks safe, or use fish like most hotels would use,” Shields said. (http://www.boston.com/news/odd/articles/2007/09/23/police_man_beheads_tame_hotel_duck/)

I must assume that your remark was taken wildly out of context. I cannot comprehend what you mean by the statement as it stands. Are we to keep ducks behind bullet proof glass windows from now on for fear of snipers? The ducks in this hotel, and in many hotels around the world, have done perfectly well for countless years much to the benefit of the ducks and people that appreciate them. The only fault lies in the person that chased and killed the poor animal. He is solely to blame. Otherwise, are we to take your comment to its logical conclusion and outlaw all places where ducks and humans might interact?

It would be a terrible shame if hotels were persuaded by your comment to keep people away from animals because of this one unfortunate event, which was perpetrated by one person.

Thank you for your time,
Lee Sonko

Webkinz

I’ve been having a very good time playing with Niece Julia on Webkinz. I went out and got a Webkinz pet at a Hallmark store and we’ve been playing online. Julia has 4 webkinz pets, and several rooms and all kinds of stuff and clothing. My poor little Jason (a very well behaved Chihuahua) just has a cowboy hat and a belt that Julia gave me.

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