It all began right around the time of the first Santa parade of 2019. As we turned into our rural driveway there it lay, all prettily packaged in pink plastic, a large bundle of colourful commercial flyers.
How strange I thought. Many years ago when we used to have our own mailbox, there was a period when flyers would periodically appear in it along with my then frequent personal mail. I remember mentioning to our friendly mail lady that I preferred not to receive flyers and that’s all it took. I never received one again. Why would someone suddenly start throwing them into my driveway now? And if they kept doing it, what would I do about it?
Over the next few days I was successful in reaching a customer service representative at the Times & Transcript (1-800-561-7166) who accepted responsibility for the flyers and offered to put me on a list of people who do not want to receive them. She said it would take at least two weeks to take effect so we left the sign in place. Imagine our surprise when a few days later, as we were walking up the road to our house, we were stopped by a very nice man in a car who introduced himself as John and asked if we wanted to get the flyers or not. Evidently he had already left one in our driveway, but promised it would be the last! I asked if he had seen our sign and he said no. That mystery was solved when we reach our house to find the sign covered with a thin coating of snow from the night before and completely unreadable!
So far this week our driveway is free of plastic and paper. Fingers crossed that we have seen the last of the flying flyers.