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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

To discuss examples of texting 21222 for love advice

I can tolerate most commercials, acknowledging that some are so crazy and ridiculous, there's no reason to get upset with them. This is the sole reason I have not set the Snuggie factory on fire.
But I do draw the line at the ones that outright try to scam people, and one of my biggest pet peeves is any commercial enticing 12-year-olds to borrow their dad's credit card and sign up for a monthly texting service.
That's how parents get on the hook for a $200 phone bill because their daughter wanted her ringtone to be "I Kissed a Girl."
And then there's Love Coach. Just text 21222 and get all kind of crappy love advice! You get five messages a month for $9.99. Now, for those preteens counting at home, that's call extortion, since it's about 20 times what you'd normally pay and it's likely near impossible to quit the service.
Evidently, hundreds of thousands of people use this service. But, since these are tough economic times and I hate a scam, I thought I'd spare you all the cost and give you my own samples of two of their popular services. Here are questions answered by their love coach, who I might suspect is related to Miss Cleo, and the name compatibility test, which has all the scientific validation of a Ouija board.


13 comments:

cavy said...

femi/brody: "true bromance" - hahahahaha! brilliant, sir!

~Sheila~ said...

LOL..I like the Jen and Brad one. Hilarious!

You're so silly, Andy!

Jess said...

Jebediah and Laquisha = classic!
Thank you.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

HAHAHAHAAHAAA! I loved this!! Oh, my, you need to do more!!!

And some pathetic "sexting" ones too!!!

Racquel Valencia said...

Pray tell, is there a better way to spend $9.99?!? I think not, sir. I think. Not.

Diane said...

I have some questions for the Love Coach... can you send me his number?

FunnyGal KAT said...

I smell a new business opportunity for WildARS! Oh, and have you seen the commercial for onlinebootycall.com? I thought it was a parody, but apparently it's a real service for people who want to hook up with people who only want to hook up. There's even a dude who claims he's not only the founder but also a user (and has the slutty girl drooling over him to illustrate it).

SouthernBelle said...

Nice work, sounds like you might have had some experience with this type of service?

; )

PS - I second Candy's call for examples of "sexting". An ad agency I used to work for in Oz did ads for this thing called text flirting, where the pathetic loser, I mean customer, would text this number and a computer would randomly generate a flirty reply, supposedly from a slutty girl.

Kellie said...

HAHAHAHAH! U crack me up. I love the commercial about star gazing and you can text 525252 to know if the stars align for you and your lover or if you are destined to fall apart. Duh.

Heather said...

I would subscribe to your service, no lie. Just for the laughs.. that was great!!
And I hate those commercials, too. I feel bad for all those little teen girls who fall for that crap.

TishTash said...

My cellphone allows unwanted people to get ahold of me. I don't think I want it spitting out advice, either.

Sam_I_am said...

Have you ever called the Rejection Hotline? 202-452-7468. It's legit and free (as long as you have long distance.) I've considered memorizing it.

Paula said...

I do seriously wonder about the people who use these services! They must have a hell of a lot of spare time and money on their hands...

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