It's been a rather quiet time, although Stop Junk Mail has set two new records. I've have sold a 'No Junk Mail' sticker to a resident in Curl Curl, a suburb of Sydney - that's a distance of 16839.06 km, well above the old record of 462.41km (Llanfairfechan in Wales). And yesterday someone from Canada (5414.48 km, assuming that the person lives in the capital) used our report service [which has since been scrapped - JB] to complain about Ramada Plaza Resorts, who continuously send her vacation vouchers and refuse to remove her address from their mailing list. The previous record holder was Glasgow (605.23km).
I had heard of neither Curl Curl nor Ramada Plaza Resorts before. I now know that Curl Curl comes from an Aboriginal word meaning lagoon and that its beach is popular with surfers. Entering 'Ramada Plaza Resorts' into Google taught me it's a company known for all the wrong reasons. According to itsbadbusiness.com Ramada is
a vacation scam to avoid; ripoffreport.com warns people to
stay far away from this scam company; and consumeraffairs.com states it has been
deluged with complaints about the company for years.
So, when you get a voucher with a text along these lines…
This Official Registered Document confirms [Name], of [Address], is the Fully Registered recipient of the enclosed $[Amount] travel voucher. We are pleased to provide you with this special travel voucher to purchase your family's Spectacular Florida / Tropical Caribbean Cruise vacation package. In return, we request that you fill out a one-page survey evaluating your hotel and cruise accommodations at the conclusion of your vacation.
…you've been warned.