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Watch Out for Magazine Scam
I live in Noe Valley, and recently two teenage boys came knocking on my door offering to sell me a subscription to a variety of magazines. They told me they were home-schooled in Noe Valley and that their parents were trying to get them to raise money for their schooling. So I bought a magazine subscription.
After three weeks of not getting any magazines or confirmations that I'd bought one, I decided to check up on whether the magazine was actually going to subscribe me. I noticed that my check had been cashed, so I went to go to customer service to check the status of my order, only to find that the website on my receipt was conveniently "under construction" and had no customer-service contact information.
However, I did find plenty of websites exposing "Fun Sales Inc." as a scam operation. No wonder the kids didn't come back after I offered to buy another subscription from the second kid at a later date. Some sites claimed that the big companies who are running this scam (Fun Sales Inc. and Great Lakes Circulation Inc.) are scamming the kids as much as they are scamming the people who pay them. Who knows? All I want is for everyone to be warned not to buy anything from these kids, because you will never get your magazines.
No Booths for Dogs at Farmers' Market
All of us at the Saturday-morning Noe Valley Farmers' Market love dogs. We also love kids. But sometimes the two don't socialize well together. I am writing to ask our valuable market attendees to please help us keep the market a safe place for both.
Just as it does with restaurants, the San Francisco Public Health Department prohibits animals inside farmers' markets. They tell me that "some" people don't find it as charming as I do to find dog fur in their salad--go figure!
So I am imploring my fellow dog owners to keep their pets safely outside the market (on 24th Street near Vicksburg) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Noe Valley Farmers' Market's board of directors has posted new reminder signs and has asked our on-site manager and volunteers to keep a watchful eye.
Also, if you have a precious pooch with a low threshold for tiny tots, or if you have a terrific tiny tot who exuberantly approaches dogs they don't know, please do everything in your power to proactively protect them. We want our neighborhood market, and the sidewalk surrounding it, to be a safe and comfortable place for everyone.
Love and licks,
Paula Benton, NVFM Board Member
Dudley, weight-challenged old beagle who bellows "Ahrooo!"
Hello from San Antonio
Hi, this is Rose Contreras. In the early '90s, I used to work at 30th Street Senior Services in Noe Valley. I wanted to say hello to my old friends in the neighborhood and tell you that I enjoy reading the online edition of the Voice. It brings back wonderful memories of my brief time in San Francisco. Thank you for continuing on in your labor of love.
Mike, the kids, and I are living in Texas now. I work out of my home doing consulting and digital publishing and editing, and I do lots of online reading. The Voice is a bright spot in my day.
San Antonio, Tex.
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firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, and phone number. (Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication.) Be aware that letters may be edited for brevity or clarity. We look forward to hearing from you.