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.
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