phasing out it's spam carpet-bombing plastic bag campaign because everyone hates them and the advertisers have figured out that taking dump on people is a bad way of finding new customers or something?
has written a long tell-all internet confession about his time behind the scenes of the #zeeckbag tossing industry which is as follows...
I'd like to start this off with some good news for all of you. The
News Tribune Extra advertisement in Tacoma is being phased out by the
end of July. Now I will tell you what I know.
My last day as an employee with *NAME REDACTED* was yesterday. The timing couldn't be more perfect.
You may have noticed the content of the Extra thinning out recently.
The advertisers are pulling out one by one, and it is a direct result of
the noise being made by groups like this, and I've heard this exact
Facebook group's name quoted by "higher-ups" within the The News Tribune
and *NAME REDACTED* as a "panic point" for them. This is also
why the Red Plum inserts went back to USPS. You have been heard, and it
has worked, so I would like to offer my congratulations.
*NAME REDACTED* is the company contracted by The News Tribune to
distribute the TNT Extra (Monday-Wednesday), the Puyallup Herald
(Wednesday-Thursday), and the YES "subscription" advertisements
The Extra and the Herald are "TMC" products,
TMC standing for Total Market Coverage, which is exactly how it sounds.
Their aim is to blanket your neighborhoods with this product in hopes
of earning new subscribers. There is an option to "opt out" of TMC
products, which no doubt many of you have tried several times, as I was
privy to internal complaint emails from customers. It takes weeks, if
not months, for your address to make it on a list of residents not to
deliver to, and even then, it is left in the hands of the independent
contractor assigned to that route to pay enough attention, or care
enough, to not deliver to your address. Most DND (do not deliver) hits
merit a fine of $25 to $50 to the independent contractor that delivers
to these "DNDs". However, the most noticeable issue with the delivery
of these products is what they call "placement", or basically where the
product ends up. Many people in the Tacoma area have complained
endlessly about product ending up in yards, sidewalks, roads, creating
an eyesore distributed weekly to their neighborhoods. There is no
consequences set in place to prevent ICs from lazily delivering this
way, short of a slap on the wrist. The Tacoma market in particular has
been so desperate for personnel due to turn-over that they retain the
sloppiest delivery drivers simply because they cannot be replaced, and
they would rather satisfy the client than to be concerned with their own
Many of these ICs actually don't deliver the bulk of
product they pick up, and would rather earn some extra cash by taking
their bundles of paper straight to recycling centers that pay for paper
Ever wonder why your Extra, Herald, or YES smells like
spray paint? Before dispatching product, we were ordered to color code
each route of papers with spray paint. This is to identify the IC when
they decide to take their bundles straight to dumpsters and bins in
alley ways throughout town. Some of you may have even been so lucky to
receive some pigeon feces on your ads as well, since dispatch takes
place in a pigeon infested warehouse on TNT premises, where pigeons
regularly get trapped behind rolls of paper, die, and decompose, but not
before crapping all over the product that the News Tribune wants you to
unwrap on your kitchen table with your morning coffee or evening
*NAME REDACTED* obtains key codes to gated
communities throughout western Washington, likely through the USPS. I
always felt this was invasive and unethical. You can make your own
decision on that. ICs are encouraged to sit at the gate, and wait for
someone to enter and follow behind them if the code does not work. ICs
are encouraged to ignore 'No Soliciting' signs posted at the entrance of
these communities, as *NAME REDACTED* uses the excuse of "we are not
soliciting, we are offering a free product". Sheets full of gated
community codes are freely distributed to ICs assigned to those areas.
Many ICs are ex-cons, recovering drug addicts, registered sex offenders,
etc. Very comforting.
I could go on and on, but I feel like
I've given the most pertinent information at this time. You can find
contact information for *NAME REDACTED* at *NAME REDACTED*
Most importantly, I am here to confirm that your fight is most
definitely worthwhile and is certainly working. A small victory in a
large war. The Herald is set to continue in all of Puyallup and
surrounding areas (Graham, Spanaway, Frederickson, etc), the YES is set
to continue in all of Tacoma, Puyallup, and surrounding areas, and the
Extra is set to continue in Olympia and surrounding areas. Don't give
in to the small victory, as it is time for the citizens of Puyallup and
Olympia to also make noise, and put an end to the distribution of this
product that I can finally openly call an unsightly, unwanted, and
useless piece of trash.