The Pizza Flyer - Scourge of the Modern Metropolis
If you don't live in a major metropolitan area, you may not be familiar this modern form of advertising. It's basically a restaurant menu, pizza, Chinese, Indian, Thai, whatever, that somebody attaches to your front door. Sometimes they leave a few. Sometimes they dump 'em by the dozens in your entryway. Maybe they slip them through your mail slot, but regardless of how or how many they leave, hundreds end up in the streets.
And how do you fight back against this scourge? Well I've tried signs saying "no flyers". I've called restaurants to tell them not to distribute the things on our block. The usual response being, "F*ck off. We've got a right to run a business!" or "Nothing I can do. Call the guy who distributes them for me." Though they never tell you who that is. One lady even accused me of targeting her restaurant specifically, of trying to drive her out of business. The police aren't helpful. Unless you've got a photo of someone actually dumping flyers in the streets, they don't want to hear about it. I've even gathered up all the flyers on our block and then tossed them into the lobby of an offending restaurant. I'm a popular guy at that place.
So the question remains, how do I get rid of this problem? All I want to do is clean up my feakin' block. Any suggestions?
This one seems unsolvable. I guess Lew is right, you could see if the other neighbors were sick of it too. This would drive me batty. I love the way you put the flyers in the lobby of an offending restaurant. I least you felt better.
Lew, wouldn't help. As far as I can tell, nobody orders from these places anyway. I did get one restaurant who was more than happy to stop--didn't want to distribute on a block where their flyers would be "wasted".
Karena, the distributor that time dumped about a dozen right into our entryway (we have only 4 flats in the building), and boy was I pissed.
We get a few of them, but it's more labor intensive to distribute them here where you have to walk a little between doorways.
Julien, knowing the people who inhabit my fair city, they'd probably overturn the bin just to be spiteful.
Harangue these city servants about the litter problem, the annoyance and propose a recycling tax on businesses that litter your door-way.
Not that much will done, but it will make the local news... Then, who knows?
Maybe the/your crowd can go out for pizza and beer to celebrate their civic "de Tocquevillian" participation.
Make civitizenry activism interesting, or at least entertaining. It's cheaper than a movie...
There might be a fairly easy solution. First, consider that a lot of trees are gonna die anyway (before someone jumps on that). Then consider that their door hangers aren't much for free thinking (hey- it's drone work).
Then, you have to be around when they're making their drops (the tough part). Intercept them and explain to them the problem you and others have with the flyers and that regardless of whether they're getting paid by the hour or the job, if most of the flyers somehow end up in a dumpster across town, they'll still make their money and have a lot more free time on their hands.
Just in case, let me tell you that I'm sorta joking, but you never know. If I told you I've used this idea successfully, would you believe me? :)
Chuck you have a point. Because, let's fact it, what do I do with the flyers? Throw 'em away.
OUT-annoy your annoyers! Viva la revolution!! ;)