Adult Magazine Subscription Offer to 10-Year-Old Girl Leaves Mother Upset
Posted August 23, 1999
WENDELL — Junk mail is a fact of life. Everyone, including children, get it. However, one little girl in Wendell received some junk mail for an adult product, and it was more than her mother could accept.
"It's 'The 50 Hottest Nudes' and 'Playboy's Tanned and Topless,'" said Carol Perry.
Perry still cannot believe a subscription card from "Playboy Magazine" showed up in her mailbox, but the card was not for her. It was addressed to her daughter, Ashley.
"I'm only 10 years old, and they're already sending me stuff. It's not right," said Ashley Perry.
WRAL contacted "Playboy Magazine" to find out what happened. Communications Director Bill Farley said, like lots of publications, "Playboy Magazine" rents mailing lists from outside distributors.
Ashley has bought only two things through the mail, a toy from a cereal company and a magazine about Girl Scouts. Someone somewhere mistook Ashley for a potential customer.
"Any of the kids can go to the mailbox, and they see this card addressed to them. All they've got to do is put it in the mail, and they'll get two hot issues of "Playboy" at their house," said Carol Perry.
A written request to the major publishers can keep this from happening to you, but nothing can guarantee that junk mail will not show up at your door.
"I didn't think it was right for me to keep it anywhere or hide it anywhere, so I said 'Mom, take this thing or keep it away or whatever cause it's not right for me to have it,'" said Ashley Perry.
Perry's letter is in the mail, and she does not expect to see anything like this again.
You can limit your junk mail by sending a request in writing to: Mail Preference ServiceDirect Marketing AssociationPost Office Box 9008Farmington, New York, 11735