Quite a few readers enjoyed the story in last week’s column about Cape Town attorney Rudi Ackerman billing a company which kept sending him unsolicited marketing SMSes.
Despite him telling the company to stop and warning that he’d charge his hourly rate for wasting his time if it persisted, the SMSes kept coming, so he sent the company a bill for almost R1 000, which, surprisingly, was paid without argument.
Thanks to the criminals of this world, all of us are routinely subjected to security procedures such as bag searches, scanning machines in airports, and pat-downs if our bling sets them off.
Bank fraud is particularly rife; almost daily I get e-mails from people who have lost thousands thanks to card skimming or cloning, many blaming their banks for not doing enough to prevent or minimise their losses.
South African companies can’t take pot shots at their competitors in their advertising – the Advertising Standards Authority code forbids them from attacking, discrediting or disparaging competitors’ products, services or adverts, directly or indirectly.
But that doesn’t stop them from trying to get away with it, which makes for interesting reading in the rulings the ASA publishes on www.asasa.org.za