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The Royal Mail and spam.

August 30, 2006

While we are all desperatrly trying to stop spam of all kinds getting into our homes, the Royal Mail is doing its very best to deliver more and more, because it’s fast becoming the only agency that can do so with impunity. And it does not take very kindly to anybody, especially an employee,  who might think that recipients should be given a choice about whether or not they want the stuff through the letter-box.

LONDON (Reuters) – A postman who gave people advice on how to stem the rising tide of junk mail into their homes has been suspended and could lose his job.
Roger Annies, 48, wrote and delivered leaflets to people on his round explaining how to block letters offering loans, credit cards and other services. While some people welcomed the unofficial advice, Royal Mail bosses took a dim view of the apparent bid to undermine a lucrative and growing part of its business.  

Each year, it delivers more than 3 billion unaddressed promotional letters, charging advertisers up to 91 pounds per thousand posted. Annies, from Barry,
South Wales, was suspended on full pay pending a disciplinary inquiry into an “alleged misconduct issue”.
The postman’s leaflet read: “Royal Mail plans to increase your advertising mail. This will mean a lot more unwanted post. “If you complete the slip below and send it to the Royal Mail delivery office you should not get any of the above-mentioned unwanted advertising.” The Royal Mail said it was responsible for less than a quarter of
Britain‘s unaddressed mail.
“If we do not deliver this mail then rival companies will,” the company said in a statement. “A great many customers respond to the information in unaddressed mail and it’s a highly effective form of advertising.”

 Well done Royal Mail!!!