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I got ripped off...so I sent the company a letter, dammit

Old 02-11-05, 01:29 AM
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I got ripped off...so I sent the company a letter, dammit

Well, not really...I bought a pack of 100 count brass paper fasteners earlier today and my roommate and I were having a discussion about how much the company would save if they only put 98 or 99 fasteners in each box, considering probably NO ONE counts how many are in the box.

So we counted.

Lo and behold, only 99 fasteners were in the box. So I decided to send the company an email...with a twist, I guess. Maybe it'll give them a laugh and they'll hang it in the office. Either way, here it is...

For my son's birthday party this year, I had an idea...a guessing game. It was a fantastic idea, drop one box of your 100 count 1 1/2 inch brass plated fasteners into a jar and let the excited children guess how many were in the jar.

When it came time to the guesses, one boy picked 99, while my son picked 100. My son won the contest, and $20 plus the clown hired for the party made him a super special balloon stretched in the form of a sword, the winners prize. The boy who picked 99 decided to count the fasteners, which I helped him with. We were shocked and appalled to find that there were indeed only 99 fasteners in the jar, whereas I'd payed for...you guessed it, 100.

Now, not only have I lost the trust of this boy and his parents, who publicly lambasted me for allegedly rigging the contest in my son's favor, but his office themed birthday was completely ruined.

I thought you'd like to know about the inconvenience your company has caused me, and I'd like to know what you plan to do about it. At the very least, I'd like the one missing fastener, since I have some papers to fasten and I'm running low.

Thank you for your time.

- Jason
Old 02-11-05, 01:41 AM
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you sick bastard....

j/k

i want son's office party pictures.....



next time just buy one of those sweet red swingline staplers



i believe you have my stapler
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[randal] I don't appreciate your ruse ! [/randal]
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my brother had a friend in college who had a sick habbit of dreaming up all these upsetting or dissapointing scenarios and writing a very strongly worded letter to the company about it, and insisting that they compensate him for his trouble. He got ALL kinds of free stuff. He got a free golf driver, and a PS2, and a 100 $ gift certificate to some restaurante.


so, .... it could work i guess
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He accused Johnson & Johnson Dental Floss of stiffing him for 100 yards of floss. (He wrote he uses exactly 10 inches a day and ran out in only 172 days when it should have run out in 180 days.)
http://thepost.baker.ohiou.edu/archi...1896/paul.html
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Originally Posted by greg9x
[randal] I don't appreciate your ruse ! [/randal]
[lady]My what?[/lady]
Old 02-11-05, 11:01 AM
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[randal] Your ruse. Your cunning attempt to trick me. [/randal]
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Back in the day I used to write letters to companies claiming to have been wronged when I hadn't been just to get free stuff. It worked more times than not and still does today; Though now I only write if I actually was wronged.
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Funny. I bought a box of 100 count brass paper fasteners right before you and it contained 101 fasteners. Take that, Republicans!
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It doesn't surprise me that companies do this, aparently its been going on for years.
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Well fuck............there goes my day.
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I wrote to Just Born before when my Mike and Ikes were very hard. They had me give them a number off the box and then sent me a box of each product they make. Mr. Born even signed a letter. I hadn't ever had really fresh ones before. They were real and they were fantastic.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I wrote to Just Born before when my Mike and Ikes were very hard. They had me give them a number off the box and then sent me a box of each product they make. Mr. Born even signed a letter. I hadn't ever had really fresh ones before. They were real and they were fantastic.
"Did you say fresh Mike and Ike's?"

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That letter was awesome. Let us know the results when you hear back. LOL
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Please keep us updated on what happens.
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Rain man to the rescue.
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Originally Posted by Fok
It doesn't surprise me that companies do this, aparently its been going on for years.
There is nothing sinister going on here. I'm sure there are just as many boxes with 101 as there are 99. It's impossible to mass produce something like this with machines and have 100% accuracy. They have what they consider an "acceptable " range of error which is probably something like +/- 2.
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Damn it Green Jello - STOP bringing common sense into the forum!
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an aside: tarantino, i presume you use these to bind scripts? you can have them special order "solid brass fasteners" which are stronger (and more commonly used to bind screenplays)
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
Damn it Green Jello - STOP bringing common sense into the forum!
I fully realized that this whole thing was a joke, and I found it very funny. It seemed that Fok didn't get it though.
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Originally Posted by Green Jello
I fully realized that this whole thing was a joke, and I found it very funny. It seemed that Fok didn't get it though.
Evidently you didn't catch the humor in my post......


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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
Evidently you didn't catch the humor in my post......


Oh, I got it.......





Oh forget it. Great letter man!
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My friend thought he would do something like this, but instead of complaining about a product, he wrote to companies praising their various products. He wrote this nostalgiac letter to Nerf about how their foam weapons provided him with so many fun childhood war games, and to Nestle about how he goes crazy for their chocolates, among others. He never got any letters back, nor any free products. Just goes to show, if you want something, bitch about it.
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"package sold be weight, not by volume."
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In one of my bathroom reader books, there is a short story about how Heinz or some other katsup company got busted for filling their bottles 1oz short everytime. They had to pay a fine as well as overfill their bottles for 1 year.

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