Public Intern! Public! Intern! Public Intern! (I'm late)
Praise Public Intern!!
Damn! I just put about 40 of those fuckers in the recycling bin of my apartment building a few weeks ago. I would LOVE to have sent them back. Please make this an annual or semi-annual or however often those things come out - event.
d00d those phone books have been piled up there by the laundry room for years.
Any bets that the phone company won't accept them? Better to find out who they subcontract out the distributing to, and drop them off there!
Whatever you do, don't toss them onto I-5.
I think the front steps of King County and City Council buildings would be far more appropriate.
I'm using a stack of 4 phone books strategically placed under my aging bed frame to provide extra lumbar support. Repurpose!
Why do landlords accept these books. Do the phone companies have some special law on their side that makes them drop off phone books everywhere? They were necessary years ago, but no more.
Someone should start a business of picking up unwanted phone books. They'd make a mint.
Public Intern! Public Intern!
most of the stranger's new ideas are stupid, but this public intern thing is gold.
I can't wait for instructions on where to drop them...they have been sitting in my condo lobby for weeks untouched. Not to mention all the untouched ones at my office!
Please note that Dex is no longer owned by Qwest. Who owns them now? Why Dex Media, which is in turn partially owned by the Carlyle Group. One of Dex Media's agents can be found at:
Dex Media, Inc.
198 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, Colorado 80112
Stacks of unwanted, free paper left around all over the city when the same content could be found online.....Hmm, doesn't that sound familiar to....THE STRANGER all over town??
And by the way, can't your delivery crews just deliver by bus?
Gosh, as the initiator of this public intern assignment I sure hope everything goes right for the him when he dumps those books at someone's door.
I'm going to feel responsible for any consequences...
@13: Nobody walks into my workplace and says "hey, do you have any phonebooks?", but they do ask for the Stranger. Plus, I have yet to see a phonebook distribution guy pick up the last issue of the phone book for recycling (or wherever your distro guys take them) when he drops off the current issue.
SWEET ASS! I expect beautiful pictures of a huge mountain of phone books right on the phone company's door. That will learn em. What a great idea.
I'm in. When and where?
1. Don't forget: The Yellow Pages have two very thin magnets on each and every book. You can save these and paint/draw/screen print or whatever on them. Instant fun!
2. Inspired by Jonah's earlier post, I took my dad to Daly's Drive-In. After we ate, we just so happened to need the Yellow Pages. The guy at Daly's handed me one.They were using it to prop up the cashiers microphone.
They wouldnít save money if they didnít give them to people who donít want them. Fact is, they make money on advertising. If they didnít spam everyone with these things, nobody would advertise with them, because the number of people willing to look at those ads would be minuscule.
Another case of it being more profitable to pretend a problem doesnít exist to maintain an existing, broken business model.
Wow. Just a couple of weeks ago, and ad salesperson for the Yellow Pages came into my business and argued with my business partner about why we should advertise in the Yellow Pages. She was shown our stack of NEVER EVEN OPENED phone books, and seemed shocked beyond all belief when we informed her that the internet is a much better way to go.
I still use the phone book sometimes. It has lots of useful information. AND I'm an internet junkie. I don't know what that says about me or the phone books, but I thought I'd stick up for the phone book. Like, what if you need someone's phone number and the power is out? Your phone book would come in handy then! :)
You know when you sell ads for the stranger, you make more money if you have more newspapers in circulation?
It's got to be something similar with the yellow pages. The more that exist, whether or not they get used, the more money the yellow page terrorists make on ad revenue.
all this semi hysteria is just plain silly
JUST RECYCLE THE FUCKING NOT USED PHONE BOOKS
some of you people need to get a life
if this is the content of your worries, need to go help in a soup kitchen
A) The Stranger is not delivered, unwanted, to every fucking household, apartment building, and office in the state. Its entirely optional.
B) The Stranger is not approximately 4000 pages, nor does it weigh as much as a car battery. Or roughly the size and weight of the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary.
C) Lots of us read the Stranger online. No tree killing necessary.
I routinely get three copies at my house: one for each door. It makes me insane. Since they are unsolicted by me I mark them "return to sender" and mail them....
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