In November of 2013 she broke her hip (again). For the first time in 50 years she was out of her house for a protracted period of time. My family went to help her out. They thought they would be going to hold her hand, and make sure she was getting better.
The mail was everywhere.
The thing that really freaked my family out was this:
While she was in rehab, we learned that she had a lot more problems than just a broken hip. She has dementia and can no longer be left alone. So the long process of moving her to a long term care facility, and packing up her house began. As they started cleaning the house, the mail wouldn’t stop coming. Over 20 pieces a day. The phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Over 30 calls a day. The phone was easy to fix, they just unplugged it. The mail however… was redirected to my house. At first it was cute, I would open it, laugh at the silly over the top political rhetoric, find the pre-paid envelopes put a note inside “take me off your mailing list” and go on with my day. But it didn’t stop. In March 2014 I snapped. I turned to the only place I thought could help me: The Internet. All I found were jokes and nonsense: “Tape the pre paid envelope to a brick” har har har. Not only does that not work, I would have emptied Home Depot in a month.
That was why I started this blog. I have searched the depths of the internet, to find out what really works to stop the systematic harassment of the elderly through the mail. I have made a lot of mistakes and have been overly aggressive in my tactics but, I don’t care anymore. I just want the junk mail to stop.
Update: She passed away on Valentine’s day 2015. Did the junk mail stop? No, of course not.
I do have a life outside of stopping junk mail: Darthjenni’s Adventure blog. It is trip reports of my husband and I travels, mostly around Southern California deserts.
Are you being harassed by junk mail? Need help stopping it? Want to share a photo of some junk mail (the sillier the better)?
darthjenni AT gmail . com