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OT -- My wife and Discover Magazine

I subscribed to Discover Magazine some time ago. I've noticed that, since then, I've gotten very aggressive phone calls from folks trying to get me to re-up (even though my subscription doesn't run out for some time), and a lot of mail trying to get me to extend my subscription. This isn't coming from Discover, mind you, but from some sort of third party company.

So...recently, my wife started getting phone calls from something called "Reader's Source." She said she wouldn't have answered the phone, but the number comes up "Private Number" on the caller i.d. My cell phone also comes up "Private Number," so she's concerned it is me.

Anyway, "Reader's Source" called a few times asking for me. Once I was here, and said I didn't want to talk to them. They kept calling. My wife told them finally that I wasn't here and didn't want to talk to them. The person calling said, well, too bad, I'm going to keep calling until I talk to Adam.

That was a mistake. My wife is like the "Two dollars!!!" kid on "Better Off Dead." She will spend hours going through all sorts of phone menus and low-level support people to find someone to harangue about things like this. Before we married, she ended up dealing with the president of a phone company called Var-Tec over a billing dispute with them.

Anyway...she hangs up, Googles Reader's Source, gets a number, calls, and gets a supervisor. She tells them that she doesn't want any more calls from Reader's Source, that we are getting calls when our baby is napping, and that she doesn't appreciate the smart-ass comments from the person who just called. She was assured we'd get no more calls.

This morning, she gets a call from...Reader's Source. The telemarketer tells my wife that my subscription runs out in 16 months, and I really should re-new now.

My wife tells them no, I will re-new when I feel like it, and she's already requested that they stop calling us, and I don't want to talk to them, so go away. She asks, "Does he owe any money?" No, no, she's assured, we just want to talk to him.

The woman says, "Well, in order for us to take you off the list, I need some information about your husband. What is his age and occupation?"

My wife says, "Okay...he's 100 years old, and he's a train conductor."

The woman says, "What is his date of birth?"

My wife says, "7/17, 1908. So he's not really 100, he's 99, but we say he's 100 because he turns 100 this year."

The woman then got pissed off and told my wife if she didn't give real answers, she'd turn us over for collections and we'd have to pay the collections department $300 once that happened.

My wife told the woman that she'd like nothing better than to deal with the collections department, since she and I are both lawyers, she knows how to deal with collections people, and what this woman is doing is illegal...that we can sue them under the Texas DTPA and get treble damages. So, if she wants to get her company sued and cause all sorts of problems, turn us over to collections.

The woman from Reader's Source then hung up on her.

My wife called back, and got a supervisor who was very apologetic and assured her we wouldn't be hearing back from them.

We'll see how long it is before they call back.

Anyway, point being...don't do business with "Reader's Source." Googling them, they appear to have a lot of complaints. If you want Discover Magazine (or anything else), just subscribe directly from them.