Thursday, December 10, 2009
Elizabeth Espinal Wants To Hit Spammers Where It Counts, In The Pocketbook!
Can you blame her? After all, unless you have an unlimited plan, text messages cost money. They can also be disruptive and annoying. So why the outrage when Elizbeth Espinal sues Burger King? Espinal filed a lawsuit against Burger King in April alleging that Burger King flooded her cell phone with annoying spam text messages. Miami New Times.
Elizabeth Espinal claims that she started receiving the annoying texts in April 2008. The plaintiff alleges "actual harm" and requests $5 million in compensation. Therein lies the rub. While most of us support stopping spam of any nature, the amount of money sought seems a bit high. One of the texts allegedly read: "Kick it up a notch with a loaded steakhouse burger. Try one today at BK." Another said, "Stop by BK for a refreshing Mocha BK Joe Iced Coffee. A perfect mix of rich coffee and chocolate syrup." Granted, not real offensive messages. However, spam flooding e-mail inboxes, text messages and blogs is getting out of hand. Something needs to be done to ground the spammers.
Rather than filing a million lawsuits, Legal Pub suggests that the consumer begin by signing up for a do-not-call list. You can also call your cell phone service provider and ask to block any number which provides spam. And perhaps most of all, don't provide fast-food chains or other advertisers your cell number. For more, read The Miami New Times.