A Washington, D.C. resident on the Adams Morgan Listserv named “Sidney” is hopping mad about his view that the Washington Examiner is trashing up the neighborhood. The “DC Examiner Littering our Residential Streets – Again,” he writes. “Is there anything that can be done to sanction the DC Examiner newspaper for their repeated littering?”
Over the years, Sidney the resident charges, he has called the paper repeatedly, asking that they not drop the paper on his doorstep. He says the whole block is “being littered with copies wrapped in plastic.” He says the paper responds kindly when he phones in and is passed from one employee to the next, but the alleged trashing continues. Finally, he asks, “Can anything be done to ding these people so that they feel at least a little pain for their actions?”
We asked Editor Stephen Smith for his reaction. He wrote: “On our Commentary page, we list the phone number (800-531-1223) and email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to suspend delivery. Our circulation staff does its best to quickly handle complaints such as this.”
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DC Examiner Littering our Residential Streets – Again
Posted by: BLANK
Thu May 19, 2011 11:27 am (PDT)
Is there anything that can be done to sanction the DC Examiner
newspaper for their repeated littering? Over the years, I have called
them several times to request that copies not be left on our doorstep.
Each time, I have been passed from person to person, finally reaching
someone who apologizes profusely and assures me it won’t happen again.
Then it stops. Then it starts again. We are now in an “on” period,
apparently. Our whole block is being littered with copies, wrapped in
plastic, and often left where they are dropped for days on end.
It strikes me as ironic that a supposed community newspaper should
show such practical contempt for the residents of the community. But
that aside, are there any regulations against this kind of littering?
And if there are, can anything be done to ding these people so that
they feel at least a little pain for their actions?