Consumer Joe: Harassing Corporate America, One Letter at a Time

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Broadway Books, 2003 - Humor - 212 pages
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In the bestselling tradition of "The Lazlow Letters" and "Letters from a Nut," screenwriter Paul Davidson has been firing off humble but humorous letters to Fortune 500 companies to find answers to such hot-button questions like why hasn't Minute Maid begun to sell an all pulp, juice-free product yet, and whether it's safe to microwave a bowl of Marshmallow Fluff on high for ten minutes. And the funny thing is . . . consumer-care departments everywhere have been writing back to him, addressing his queries with deadpan seriousness.
Collecting dozens of selections from Davidson's funniest correspondence, "Consumer Joe" uncovers why a box of fifty envelopes only contained forty-seven and how colorblind people are supposed to tell whether their Ziploc baggies ("yellow and blue makes green") are properly sealed, while making numerous product-improvement suggestions along the way (such as adding Tuna Melt flavor to the Jamba Juice product line).
Taking aim at the increasingly advertising-sponsored society, "Consumer Joe" features utterly absurd but irresistible missives to companies ranging from Barnes & Noble and Fed-Ex to Southwest Airlines and Taco Bell. Full of kvetches we all can relate to, "Consumer Joe" is poised to become the patron saint of every beleaguered shopper.

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This compendium of oddball customer query and complaint letters should tickle the ribs of anyone who's ever considered writing a letter to protest an inferior product or solve a merchandise mystery (e ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
7
Section 3
25
Section 4
32
Section 5
53
Section 6
55
Section 7
85
Section 8
107
Section 10
141
Section 11
143
Section 12
171
Section 13
188
Section 14
196
Section 15
203
Section 16
209
Copyright

Section 9
119

About the author (2003)

When not writing important letters, PAUL DAVIDSON writes for various film and television companies. His past projects have appeared on VH1, USA Networks, ABC, and DreamWorks TV. He lives in Los Angeles.

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