by Joe Bentley, special to AJCReach.org
I had an exchange with Amy from AJC Reach via the StopAJC Reach Facebook page. Amy from AJC Reach wrote:
“Mr. Bentley, we are working with our delivery vendor as well as the city of Atlanta and other municipalities to identify vacant homes. If you want to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the addresses of the vacant homes in your neighborhood, I’d be happy to add them to our list and discontinue delivery.”
Unfortunately, Amy, that plan does nothing to address the biggest problems:
1. Your company is trashing our neighborhoods on a weekly basis, and we already have to volunteer our time to clean up your mess. I simply will not take more time out of my life to compile a list of vacant homes for you. Honestly, while I realize that you’re just doing your job, for you to even consider that a solution is enraging.
2. Vacant homes are the less critical issue. What is more important is that the AJC Reach is signaling, to each and every criminal in the area, which homes are easy targets. Many of those homes are not vacant…they are occupied by elderly people who can’t get out and clean up your mess in a timely matter. Your company is endangering the safety of our elderly residents, and no list of vacant homes is going to remedy that.
3. I, myself, have called 6 times over the past 3 months to have this nonsense stopped. With each call, I’ve been assured that it’s been “escalated” and a supervisor promises me that the AJC Reach will stop littering my property. And, each and every Sunday morning, another piece of your trash is in my driveway…and all over my street…and in my neighborhood storm drains…and in the creek that runs through the neighborhood. I cannot tell you how angry our whole community is.
The only solution is for your company to stop breaking the law and stay out of our neighborhood!! Why can’t you just mail them??