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How very naughty..
I just received a text message from the salon where I get my hair cut, reading:


So first off, all in capital letters.. ouch.. Secondly, they need a spell checker at the very least.. And third, they're totally in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which stipulate:

"A person may send or instigate the sending of electronic mail for the purposes of direct marketing where [...] the recipient has been given a simple means of refusing (free of charge except for the costs of the transmission of the refusal) the use of his contact details for the purposes of such direct marketing, at the time that the details were initially collected, and, where he did not initially refuse the use of the details, at the time of each subsequent communication."

In this context, 'electronic mail' includes SMS. They're also possibly in breach of the following:

"A person shall neither transmit, nor instigate the transmission of, a communication for the purposes of direct marketing by means of electronic mail [...] where a valid address to which the recipient of the communication may send a request that such communications cease has not been provided"

Now I know their physical address, so I could pop over, but I don't think that's quite enough to cover them.. They used an Alpha Tag to send the message (so it just comes from 'creation' rather than a phone number), so replying isn't an option.

I was all set to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office, just because I can, but upon checking it turns out that the salon isn't part of a chain, it's just a single location in Cardiff, and so I'd feel bad about getting them into trouble. It's only fun to mess with large companies, as our customers are no doubt aware.

So instead, I've got half a mind to offer them a deal - for free haircuts (because I need my hair cut every two weeks or it grows out), I'll build them a compliant SMS management suite, that will ideally allow them to go through their books and run targeted marketing campaigns. We're talking messages a couple of hours before an appointment to remind customers when it is, x-weekly reminders to book a new appointment, news, offers, all within the law and all much better handled than the message I got this morning. For starters, I got the message from them twice in five minutes - not ideal!

After all, I do send out a few hundred thousand text messages per month - I know my stuff.. :o)

Somehow I doubt they'd go for it though..

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...Would I get free haircuts too? I'm sure I'd be quite happy to get my hair done at a place like that if I wasn't actually *paying* for a crappy style ;o)

I see you didn't make it into work then ;o)

I can always write to them and ask.. it wouldn't take too long to set up for them, and free hair is always nice, especially when it only takes two weeks for a style to grow out :o(

Could you be any more gay? Not only do you get your hair cut at a Salon (that's a big no-no in the first place), but, criminally, you also do so every two weeks! But yet, you wonder why you don't have as much money as you'd like.

BTW need to chat about next week.

Christ, you misinterpret something I say and make a big deal out of it - you're such a woman!

Just because my hairstyle grows out within two weeks does not mean that I then get it re-cut. Have you ever seen me with good hair? I think not! I only get it cut once every two months if I can help it, but it leaves me looking like a bit of a muppet for six weeks out of eight. Hence why free haircuts would be preferable.

As for next week, certainly.. I'm done by about 12ish, I think.. I'll be in the Camden sort of area, but I can get wherever.. I want to get some shopping done, and see the lights along Regents Street, but I've got hours, so otherwise no real plans..

Ah, it's just fairly easy to interpret this:

(because I need my hair cut every two weeks or it grows out)

as you actually get it cut every two weeks, if one assumes that you're a spendthrift ponce. Which you are, so it's an easy mistake to make.

He may be gay, but his hair does look so very nice for those two weeks after the cut...

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mr Alex :o)

i received your message about my most recent entry. thank you for the kind words and abundance of respect.

I'm sure I have no idea what you could mean - all I told Edward was something like "dat kat iz teh hotz0r, yo!"

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