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$50K bond set for alleged Athens hit-and-run driver

[quote][b]CharlotteLadyGardner[/b] -
The cover up of this man's actions is a major issue! [/quote]

Being a little generous there? He hit an innocent young lady while driving drunk. And then he fled the scene. And then he cowered for weeks, stalling the investigation. Calling Will Heaton a "man" is a bit of a stretch.

posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:19

$50K bond set for alleged Athens hit-and-run driver

What smug, tough guy look on his face. I hope he can keep that up next to his 275lb cellmate.

posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:15

UGA professor: Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea might actually be helpful

@Pologize: The irony in that quote is just too much to handle.

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With all due respect to Mr. Park, there is a glaring lack of correlation between those involved in the two meetings he arranged, and the imbecile who went to North Korea last week. Dennis Rodman, claiming that Kim Jong Un is an "awesome and honest guy," only further shows the absolute lack of intelligence he displays.

To veil the truth of his regime (while they perpetuate lies, destroy human life, and oppress their people relentlessly), is beyond morality. Rodman should be condemned for his statements.

There is no promotion of understanding with people of Jong Un's background. He deserves to suffer worse than the people he rules.

posted @ Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 15:14

Coupon book trashing continues, even at sheriff's office

@otlndr: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-02-26/discount-coupon-books-tras...

The initial report..which doesn't exactly paint the picture as black and white. Still very pro-D4D without any response from the other side. The only reason I had some insight is a prior confrontation with the owner of Dime4Dollar regarding his solicitation practices and his defensive stance on them.

posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 - 14:12

Coupon book trashing continues, even at sheriff's office

@avenger: If you'll check the last article written on this, Dime4Dollar doesn't exactly have the cleanest hands when it comes to marketing practices in the eyes of the federal law. Not in regards to dumping, but how they are distributing their material.

It's extrapolating to say that this is occurring with their physical media as well, but due to the events that have happened prior to this it's really not a hard jump to make.

While I in no way, shape, or form condone the actions of the other firm, it's tough for me to feel sorry for Dime4Dollar after interactions with them, and the reporting here is marginal at best with regards to the bias presented towards the dumping situation.

posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 - 12:34

Coupon book trashing continues, even at sheriff's office

I'd like to chalk this up to tragedy of the commons...but that would constitute these books as being paramount to our well being. And that's just not the case. Tongue

posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 - 09:24

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

[quote][b]Someone has to say it[/b] - are you aware of how long it takes to have someone name removed from a list[/quote]

Yeah. With CAN-SPAM Act they have 10 days to legally fill the opt-out requests. It really is that simple.

Honor opt-out requests promptly. Any opt-out mechanism you offer must be able to process opt-out requests for at least 30 days after you send your message. You must honor a recipient’s opt-out request within 10 business days. You can’t charge a fee, require the recipient to give you any personally identifying information beyond an email address, or make the recipient take any step other than sending a reply email or visiting a single page on an Internet website as a condition for honoring an opt-out request. Once people have told you they don’t want to receive more messages from you, you can’t sell or transfer their email addresses, even in the form of a mailing list. The only exception is that you may transfer the addresses to a company you’ve hired to help you comply with the CAN-SPAM Act.

Laws. How do they work?

posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 13:50

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@Someone has to say it:

My actions are sad, or is the fact that you took time out of your day to create an account on Athens Banner Herald to write a bunch of diatribe about what I spend my time doing sad?

I think you may be a bit confused. Just because you like their services doesn't mean much to me. I was one of many students that were impacted and notified them to honor our requests to stop contacting us - me giving them my identifier information wouldn't solve the problem on the whole. Couple that with statements he made saying "you can't harass me, I have your phone number,too!" then why in my right mind WOULD I directly give him the information?

They're acting illegally, and I'm a student with free time and happy to point that out. I'm not going to bowl over and be a sheep - I started my own business and I played by the rules when it comes to marketing. I don't see why anyone else should get special treatment, especially when it comes to my privacy.

You getting hurt and subsequently hypocritical over my actions is icing on the cake. Take your own advice: find something else to do.

Also, I work in an orphanage in Mexico two weeks out of every year. In high school, I lived there for three months helping build that orphanage. Take your schtick elsewhere, bud.

posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 13:48

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@mpd0.59:

Too be fair, I think J.C. Penney's failure was a lot of them doing too much and too little at the same time. They changed up their management structure, store appeal, and pricing scheme only to find out that they hadn't changed up their target customer base.

So they had a million things different and subsequently alienated the same customers they had previously relied on while not attracting any new demographics.

I remember my girlfriend and I going into a J.C. Penney where she actually found a dress that she liked. At first we were impressed with their new image. Looking through the dresses though, we couldn't find many that were even close to her size. Later an associate told us that "they don't really carry many brands that [cater to a younger market]." They stagnated themselves.

I think ultimately the CEO had a decent base idea, however the lack of attention towards market expansion was frighteningly small.

posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:29

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@anonymous1: The owner of Dime4Dollar admitted to me that he had been having an issue with Little Coupon Book, of which he thought I was an employee and just trying to cause trouble. Once he verified I wasn't, he seemed fairly embarrassed.

If this happened to be LCB as the competitor in the article, I'd venture to say this has been going on for quite some time. I'm fairly certain by the tone he took with me that both sides have been stirring the pot.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 23:53

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@E.J.: And that's why those companies will continue to circumvent the correct channels. With a marketing scheme like that, each "opt-out" client they allow is one less potential customer for the companies they advertise for. To them, that's the final nail in the coffin for operations.

So instead they continue to operate illegally in regards to CAN-SPAM because it interrupts their business model completely.

I assume this is why my actions got the owner of Dime4Dollar so riled up in my conversations with him - it exploited a detriment to his entire practice. However, when it comes to my privacy I could care less about his income.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 23:36

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@Athens_Rottweiler:

I'm not well versed enough for the "they can do as they please" thing. I don't think that can be blanketed over much. UGA does acknowledge they have the ability to monitor emails both inbound and outbound, but I'm not sure how much leeway they have in disclosing information that students are required to divulge.

As for the SPAM, Dime4Dollar's emails GENERALLY did not have an opt-out link. The fourth email was the exception, as it included a hyperlink text saying "Please click here if you do not want us to contact you with information about services which we feel may be of interest to you."

The hyperlink directed to info@dime4dollar.com, and the emails just kept on coming. So not only were they spamming, but they were incredibly shady about it, too. I'm all for legitimacy in business practices, but that's trashy.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 23:20

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@E.J.: I'm with you on this. I am generally pretty good with reading through all the stipulations of my personal information when signing up for programs. At UGA we were required to sign up for a MyID, which in turn automatically created a uga.edu email address. At no point do I recall UGA saying that information is divulged to buyers, and the lack of insight from EITS about it makes me much more skeptical.

From UGA EITS Access and Security:

4.18 Email and other electronic messaging technologies are intended for communication between individuals and clearly identified groups of interested individuals, not for mass broadcasting. No one without prior authorization shall use University facilities to distribute spam messages--the same or substantially the same e-mail message to more than one person without prior evidence that they wish to receive it.

Furthermore, nothing in "Security and Privacy for Email and Messaging Systems" says otherwise.

Given that many public universities have been skewered in the press over the past few years, I don't know why UGA would be interested in doing this when much of their literature is about protecting privacy. On that note, I guess their sales of information can offset me not donating money.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 23:11

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@BehindEnemyLines: Oh! I'm sorry I misunderstood. I thought you had referred to moving to Athens and getting into the restaurant business - I hadn't realized you meant it from the customer perspective.

But yes, after the owner had calmed down from his previous day's phone call with me, I was told by him that he (Dime4Dollar) had purchased the student emails from UGA on a 6-month rotation/license. I reached out to some members of UGA EITS program and have yet to receive a response about whether there was merit to this claim.

Dime4Dollar has been sending out pdf and embedded pictures in these emails with deals and patrons they serve, as well to visit their website to a majority, if not all UGA students. Up until this point, I was unaware they had any physical presence via flyers whatsoever.

Honestly, I think the claim that UGA is apparently selling email addresses (as the owner claimed with me) is a bigger story for this. Otherwise, he received the student email addresses illicitly. I have 6 emails from Dime4Dollar using three different email accounts and my 5 replies asking to be opt out of the program or to stop emailing. MANY other students have also done the same.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 21:28

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

@BehindEnemyLines: And that may be a fantastic opportunity for your restaurant, however now the clients are dealing with the bad pr from how these companies are behaving. As far as the group of students I was with were concerned, we weren't going to patronize any of the businesses that advertised with Dime4Dollar until they acknowledged our complaints regarding the spam emailing.

And especially with issues such as that, potential clients can, under the CAN-SPAM Act, be financially liable for the activities of those firms.

Marketers whose goods, services, or websites are advertised or promoted in a message can designate one of the marketers as the “sender” for purposes of CAN-SPAM compliance as long as the designated sender:

-meets the CAN-SPAM Act’s definition of “sender,” meaning that they initiate a commercial message advertising or promoting their own goods, services, or website;

-is specifically identified in the “from” line of the message; and

-complies with the “initiator” provisions of the Act – for example, making sure the email does not contain deceptive transmission information or a deceptive subject heading, and ensuring that the email includes a valid postal address, a working opt-out link, and proper identification of the message’s commercial or sexually explicit nature.

If that's the risk you're willing to take with some of these groups because it's worked for you then I can't blame you. But I wouldn't be willing to take those chances, especially if the firm has the previous experience in non-compliance with the law.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 20:36

Discount coupon books trashed by competitor, Athens police say

Contrary to what the article says, last week I spoke numerous times with the actual owner (not the VP Robin Coffey) of Dime4Dollar. I contacted him in regards to the email blasts that were sent out to nearly every UGA student without the opportunity to opt out, amid repeated attempts to get them to stop emailing. Blocking as spam would not help, as the emails were sent from multiple different accounts and listed different titles.

His initial response was a slew of curse words and eventually led to him hanging up on me as I refused to give him identifier information, other than that he honor multiple student's requests - not just mine individually - to opt out of receiving the email blasts.

Some other students and I sent emails to their clients they advertised for letting them know that what Dime4Dollar was doing was in direct violation of the Federal CAN-SPAM Act, and under the law Locos, Menchies, etc (their clients) could be held liable for their actions as Dime4Dollar was advertising for them.

Over the next two days he called me three times through a Google Voice number. When I finally picked up, he threatened that he had "5 lawyers looking over it, ready to sue me." (Later, he apologized thinking I worked for this rival company).

It's too bad that it's come down to them physically damaging each other's property, but don't be silly here - both companies have muddied the water significantly. If I was looking to advertise for my small business, I'd steer far clear from either of them.

posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 18:04

Arrest made in rash of downtown Athens bar burglaries

A bit awkward after Dirty Birds announces that they suspected it may have been an employee. If you have that little faith in your staff, why hire the lot in the first place?

Either way, I'd hope not too many employees read up on the management's initial accusation. The proper thing to have done would've just spoken to the police and have the managers keep their mouths shut.

posted @ Friday, February 8, 2013 - 17:48

Today's editorial cartoon

Yeah, Adam needs to know that Obama has missed his legal requirement for a budget deadline to propose to Congress yet AGAIN.

Obama has missed the budget deadline more than any president since the 1920s. Obama’s first budget was delayed until May, while his second budget was delivered on time. The last two budgets were late but came in February.

posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 13:32

UGA business dean leaving for job at Virginia Tech

Dean Sumichrast did wonders for the academics in Terry and UGA, helping boost the University on a national and global level. He will definitely be missed, but best of luck with those Hokies.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 19:34

Teen threatens Athens-Clarke officers with knife

@Joe Johnson: Thanks for the clarification, although it makes me somewhat leery. That seems like a very suspicious precedent to only be applicable to public employees.

If I'm involved in an incident where I am not the offender, I don't get that special treatment.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 17:08

Athens man arrested for assaulting partygoer with crowbar

@avenger: If you think "shouting fire in a public theater" and ranting are synonymous, you're setting a dangerous, moronic precident.

If that's the case, you should make sure none of our legislators try to fillibuster anything for fear of arrest.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 17:02

Deputy's teenage son threatens Athens-Clarke officers with knife

Can someone explain to me why the officer's name is blacked out on the report, as well?

I don't mean it out of disrespect, I just don't feel like having a protected class here is warranted, considering "John Smith" would be identified through his role in the incident if he were a plumber.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 16:51

Athens man arrested for assaulting partygoer with crowbar

@avenger: Rant control? That sounds a bit close to advocating an end to the First Amendment, too. Today you've proven you are more than one kind of stupid. Congratulations.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 16:33

Athens man arrested for assaulting partygoer with crowbar

@avenger: Quite the opposite - my point clearly is that you anti-gun clowns want to ban weapons for all, that are used for illicit purpose of the few. Even when @catman shows you that graph that nullifies your ridiculous stance.

But you take it a step forward, being incredibly hypocritical about what guns we should have, and what we shouldn't.

You know when the most massacres take place? After civililians are left without guns. Keep smilin'.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 16:08

Athens man arrested for assaulting partygoer with crowbar

@avenger:

Amish school shooting in Lancaster, PA in 2006. Not a massacre, but Lee Harvey Oswald.

But let's get this straight. Here is one mentally unstable clown who walks into a school and shoots kids. I get it, that's bad. And you want to ban the weapon class he used.

BUT an idiot kills and injures dozens a few decades ago, and you're all for that weapon being used for protection? What kind of backwards logic is that?

Who are you to tell me that assault weapons are exclusively for war? I use mine at the range. I have neighbors who use theirs to hunt on single-fire. And it's my God given right, being born in the US, to own and use that in any way I see deem appropriate, bar infringing on another's God given rights.

Oh those EEEVVILLL BLACK RIFLES...screw that noise buddy. Don't give me BS on extended clips. Anyone who knows how to use that bolt action you favor can spew out shots just as well as that AR.

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 15:49

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