When it Comes to Stolen Papers, the Dallas Morning News is Not Messing Around

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The above photo comes courtesy of Leslie Minora, a freelance journalist and former Observer-er. I'll let Leslie explain:

My newspaper has been stolen every day for over two weeks. I finally asked customer service to put my name on it, then I half-jokingly asked if I could include a threatening message. I was surprised when the woman laughed and seemed excited to help.

I got my paper this morning. Also, the DMN has no idea if my building has cameras, but I appreciate that extra touch.

Newspaper delivery drivers: Not dead yet.

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I find this ironic. I can't get the DMN to stop delivering a paper to me while this resident's paper gets stolen. Wish I could let her thief know he could pick up my paper without risk...

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bifftannen Obviously Leslie gets the paper so that she can tear it shreds to put in her bird cages

everlastingphelps topcommenter

@bifftannen Advanced Pro tip: I can not read the DMN on my computer cheaper than not reading the print version.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter


Careful. I had a nasty go-'round with one of their carriers a few years back. They promised me a free month if I signed up for 6 mos. (or whatever it was at the time) and I subscribed. After the 6 mos. subscription and promised free month is over, the paper continues to arrive.

Eventually, about 4 months later, delivery guy calls and starts making noise about how I owe him for 6 months of unpaid delivery. Long story short - he never got paid, and I no longer read nor pay for the print version of DMN. But I had to deal with the asshole delivery guy for several weeks of telephone harassment.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Very often if you copy the headline to an article and google it you can find it elsewhere and avoid the pay wall.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @amuse2 , I moved into my current duplex, for some reason I kept getting the paper, never paid for it, never even ordered it.  one day a guy knocks on my door, says that I owe for the last 6 months of papers bc I signed up for 6 months of an auto renewing 7 day delivery but had only paid for 6 months and hadnt made a payment for the 2nd 6.  I told the guy, Im sorry but I just moved in 5 months ago and never ordered the paper it just showed and I wasnt paying.  He said that since I was the one that read it, I need to pay for it, and I said hell no, I didnt sign any paperwork for this and my name is not the name on the bill you want me to pay.  He left pissed and of course my delivery stopped.

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@BushwoodSmithie @ScottsMerkin @TheCredibleHulk @amuse2 

If this "independent contractor" is stupid enough to continue to deliver papers to someone that he no longer has a contract with, he is far too stupid to remain in business for himself and deserves to pay for our papers.

And, incidentally, the particular fella' that tried to fuck me over not only cost himself a customer, because likely as not, I would have renewed had he been civil and not demanded that I pay for something I never asked for, but he also cost the DMN a loyal, paying customer.

This "independent contractor" is fucking both sides from the middle, and in the process, himself. 

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

hey dick, I called, but the dmn said they cant helpme bc it wasnt my accout and I had no authority to make changes, it was between the account holder and the contractor, and im not getting up at 4 am to handle it. maybe dont recurring payment deals in apartment and rental duplex neighborhoods where tenets change


@ScottsMerkin @TheCredibleHulk @amuse2 

So you lack the common courtesy to take a couple minutes to call in and stop delivery, instead getting a free ride at the expense of an independent contractor who had to pay Belo for those papers.

Well, if nothing else I guess it's good that we can see the level of your morals -- or lack thereof.

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