Viking Cruises continues to send unwanted, unsolicited mailers despite my numerous requests to their customer service to desist.

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Jul 26, 2019
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One would think Viking's attempts to communicate with you, no matter how unwanted, are protected by the First Amendment.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits THE GOVERNMENT from infringing on its citizens' free speech. It has no authority over communication between private entities. E.g., I can tell my teenager to "be quiet," and despite his vehement protests that I am violating his alleged "first amendment rights," I am correct and he is not. Likewise, he enjoys no protection from "unreasonable searches" of his room and "seizures" of his dirty clothes by me under the Fourth Amendment, because I am not doing this as a government agent, but merely as the owner of our home who is trying to keep it from becoming a complete shambles.
 

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I find the incessant flyers from Michael's, my local grocery store, and McDonald's to be a massive nuisance, but I wouldn't get myself into such a state that I start calling the CEO of McDonald's to make them stop. OP needs to relax a little bit. Junk mail is a fact of life. Just pitch it into the recycling bin.
 

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I find the incessant flyers from Michael's, my local grocery store, and McDonald's to be a massive nuisance, but I wouldn't get myself into such a state that I start calling the CEO of McDonald's to make them stop. OP needs to relax a little bit. Junk mail is a fact of life. Just pitch it into the recycling bin.
I think her concern is the impact all that junk mail has on the environment. Many towns won’t recycle items such as those mailers so they end up in landfills.
 

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I think her concern is the impact all that junk mail has on the environment. Many towns won’t recycle items such as those mailers so they end up in landfills.
I’m sure this is not the only junk mail she receives. I receive so much I wouldn’t have enough time to write to every company that sends this junk. I understand the frustration but surely Viking isn’t the only offender.

It might be better for the OP to write to her government officials asking for some type of legislation about unwanted junk mail. That is really the crux of the problem.
 

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I’m sure this is not the only junk mail she receives. I receive so much I wouldn’t have enough time to write to every company that sends this junk. I understand the frustration but surely Viking isn’t the only offender.

It might be better for the OP to write to her government officials asking for some type of legislation about unwanted junk mail. That is really the crux of the problem.
If she is anything like me, she gets more from Viking than any other solicitor. I have never been on a cruise, never inquired about a cruise, never intend to take a cruise yet we receive about two mailings a month. I would say, in my case, they are the worst offenders. I intend to do as @VoR61 suggested.....collect the mailers over time and mail them to the CEO. Since I can't recycle them, maybe they can!
 
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I think her concern is the impact all that junk mail has on the environment.
Once upon a time, I bought a T-shirt from the Environmental Defense Fund.

They proceeded to bombard me with fundraising pleas for years - every.single.one. of them paper mail, as this was long before the Web and email were generally available. Neither was recycling much of a thing, either - so all those materials ended up in a landfill somewhere.

As young as I was (and certainly in no position to make any further monetary contributions), the irony was not lost on me.
 
Mar 8, 2018
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My wife went on a Viking cruise and started to get these mailings when she returned. I called Viking and asked them to stop, a total of 7 times. Each time they were very friendly and promised to stop. Each time I had to explain the previous time I called, and they would always said she was definitely off the list. Finally on the last call the agent was able to figure out that she was in a second database and finally fixed the problem. So my advice would be to be persistent. they do seem to want to help.
 
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I’m sure this is not the only junk mail she receives. I receive so much I wouldn’t have enough time to write to every company that sends this junk. I understand the frustration but surely Viking isn’t the only offender.

It might be better for the OP to write to her government officials asking for some type of legislation about unwanted junk mail. That is really the crux of the problem.
Would love to know if the OP buys recycled products, drives an electric car or takes public transportation and has electrical panels. I mean if one is going to go this far over junk mail, better go the extra mile on everything.
 
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My neighbor is fighting a one woman war on junk mail. (Her words). Everytime she receives a mailing that includes a postage-paid reply envelope, she carefully stuffs everything that was sent to her into the envelope and sends all of it back to the company.
 

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Would love to know if the OP buys recycled products, drives an electric car or takes public transportation and has electrical panels. I mean if one is going to go this far over junk mail, better go the extra mile on everything.
What is frustrating for someone who cares about the environment, apparently it is very difficult to opt out of receiving junk mail whereas in other aspects of environmental damage, you can opt out of the behavior. Examples are taking a bus, buying items that are locally produced, reduce and reuse, etc.

Here are some facts about junk mail:

Nearly $320 million of local tax money is used to dispose of and recycle junk mail each year.

The paper for junk mail comes from more than 100 million trees each year.

The carbon emissions from junk mail each year are roughly equivalent to those of nine million cars.

Junk mail produces 51.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases each year. This is roughly the same amount of emissions produced by heating 13 million homes in the winter.

Upwards of 28 billion gallons of water is used on junk mail production and recycling every year.

When almost 50% of those that receive junk mail never even open it, doesn't this all seem a bit excessive?
 
Jan 30, 2018
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If it is any comfort, we used to get tons of brochures from Viking, even following us through several moves. Now, inexplicably but happily, we seem to have fallen off their list.