This guest post is from Hoydenizen Raelene of Sydney.
Hi there, hoydens. Here is a true story for you:
I started university this year, and during one of our orientation programs (a day at the beach), representatives for various clubs were going around signing students up who were ”interested in club promotion”. I put my name and mobile number down, along with many others.
Since then I’ve received about one text per week advertising upcoming club events, and never paid enough attention to them beyond annoyance at their not having any apparent way to unsubscribe, as every other text message notification service I’ve been subscribed to has (usually short instructions at the end of every message).
This evening, I received this from a sender my phone identifies only as shindig:
”Making less sense then an abo with a job, melbournes shittest night showcases sydneys hardest rocking duo, ACT YO AGE!Oh god please come,we havnt eaten in weeks”
I had to do a bit of hard googling to find out who shindig is: a venue in Prahran. This is their website: http://www.shindigparty.com.au. It’s likely that this same text was sent to who knows how many other ’subscribers’.
I am almost lost for words about this. I have already sent an email to the address provided on shindig’s website calling them out for this offensive behaviour, but I also want to spread the word about this, and am hoping that you can help do so. They should not be allowed to get away this sort of thing. I’m not too sure what else to do, so any advice etc. would be welcome. Mostly, I am afraid my sole dissenting voice will not be enough to make them take this matter seriously.
Act Yo Age on Myspace (WARNING: plays bad music at you) *Note: A commenter, “Tim”, claims to represent Act Yo Age, and has publicly distanced the duo from this promotion.
– on Myspace
– on Facebook