Stopping Direct Marketing To The Deceased

from the why-just-the-deceased?? dept

There’s apparently a new company (why do we need a company for this?) that is working to stop direct marketing towards the deceased. They’re partnering with funeral homes, trust and estate attorneys to put together their list. I’m wondering what the company is getting out of this that it’s worth creating a whole company around, and why only the deceased are allowed to get out of direct marketing hell? Of course, it doesn’t stop spam. Just phone calls and mailings.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Stopping Direct Marketing To The Deceased”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Bill Kearney says:

Ha! Try dealing with jury duty!

My father passed away in ’96. The local jury commissioner insisted on continuing to mail jury duty notices to him (and my also recently deceased mother). Phone calls to them insisted that I had to bring a death certificate to them in order to have this stopped. Well, I’m not legally responsible for him and had no intention of wasting several hours trying to get fresh AND notarized death certificates, let alone waste the time coming to their offices. Oh, and paying several dollars per copy.
The hitch, however, is my father and I share the same first name and middle initial. I didn’t want to attempt to argue with the sheriff should some nitwit decide to issue an arrest warrant for my father failing to appear.
So I grabbed his ashes and took a trip to the office in charge of such notices. At the counter I announced “He’s here for jury duty” and put the container on the counter. The look on the clerk’s face was priceless; even more so as the color drained from her face when I opened it and showed the ashes. I suppose the label on it reading “HUMAN REMAINS” added to the effect. She damn near ran out of that office. A manager appeared poste haste. After explaining the predicament, to her likewise horrified countenance, she resolved to correct the problem immediately with no additional effort required on my part.
That and telling the telemarketers how much grief they were causing me to relive every time they called seemed to put a pretty quick stop to the foolishness. It seemed to really get choked up while ranting at them.
I’d suggest this only works with cremated remains. Walking in their brandishing bones would be a little over the top.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...