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Trying to Unsuscribe

This post is for no other reason than a good dose of stress reduction. Almost weekly I receive emails from friends and patients advising me that their phone number receives so many spam calls that they’ve decided to bail on the phone company and go strictly to internet phones like Skype with a different number.

I’ve personally had to completely abandon perfectly good email addresses simply because one of my contacts unthinkingly “copied” my address to a bulk mailing of dubious nature. The adolescents behind the check-in counter at major hotel chains swear up and down “we never sell your email addresses.” Yea, right! What do they know about their corporate culture?

Comedian James Veitch has it all figured out – here’s how to unsubscribe …

James Veitch
TED: How To Unsubscribe

It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket refused to take no for an answer. Hijinks ensued.

For James Veitch, a British writer and comedian with a mischievous side, spam emails proved the perfect opening to have some fun, playing the scammers at their own game.

Packed full of Nigerian princes, can’t miss investment opportunities and eligible Russian brides, James Veitch’s correspondence with email spammers leads to surprising, bizarre and usually hilarious results – and a book deal.

Out of this experiment came his first book: Dot Con.

In 2014, his first solo comedy show The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe to wide acclaim.

His second show, Genius Bar, focused on his time working for Apple, chronicles his attempts to fix his relationship using the same troubleshooting techniques he’d been using to fix iMacs, iPhones and iPods.

He is currently writing his third show and preparing to tour the UK.

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