Menu Police?

8/14/2008:

One Hoboken411 reader was obviously very “angry” about the menus that are delivered to her building despite the “No Advertisement” sign she put up.

“Hey do you have the info on how you report when menus are left when there is “no soliciting”?”

What to do when solicitors disobey signs?

hoboken-no-advertisements-sticker.jpgEven though the Hoboken City website proudly displays the “No Advertisements” sticker on the home page (and instructs you how to obtain one), I couldn’t find any actual ORDINANCE online that punishes those that choose to ignore the polite request. (Please correct me if there is actual restitution for a violation).

My suggestion to the reader is, that if it bugs you so much that you’re willing to “report” the offenders, why not try and call the establishment, or if you can catch one of the offenders, kindly explain what that yellow sign means (perhaps they don’t know?) But it’s likely they won’t understand English the minute you complain.

Another way of managing this “I can’t control these guys” anger, is to try a different approach, and simply just toss them in the garbage.. How long does that take? 3 seconds? You’ll be on to the next most important thing in your life before you know it.

However, we certainly could have some fun with this, rather than “reporting” it, right?

Revenge of the Menu-Haters!

Think outside the box.

What are some fun, creative, witty, genius ways to “get back” at that those menu-doling robots?

I’ll get a lame list started, and you can continue your brilliant ideas in the comments section!

  1. Pull a juvenile stunt and order food and have it delivered to another offending restaurant! Kill two birds with one stone!
  2. Grab the 1000’s of unread Hoboken Reporters and drop them off at their restaurant every Monday! If they say “no,” respond with “I don’t see any ‘No News Rag’ signs in your window!”
  3. Call up and claim you’re Mayor Roberts, and to put it on your “house account.”
  4. Order a gallon of soup. Insist that it gets delivered in one container, and you’re REALLY hungry. Ask for a giant spoon, too.
  5. Next time you spot a person stuffing the menus, ask for a few hundred of them. Say they’re for your friends at work. Proceed to place dozens of them on each Hoboken Police car. That’ll stop the menus in a hurry.

How would you approach this situation?

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14 Comments on "Menu Police?"


kal-el
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kal-el
8 years 1 month ago

K B is right i looked into it and that’s all we have to do. Thanks KB for the info.

Redstorm
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Redstorm
8 years 1 month ago

My wife and I followed a pizza delivery man into our condo building (he got to the door before we did). He proceeded to dump about 10 menus in the lobby. I immediately picked them up, asked him to “please do not leave menus” and we got on the elevator with him. On our way up he looks at my hand holding the menus and asks “what are you going to do, throw them out?”. I promptly replied “yes”. He then says, with an attitude, “who are you? What do you own the building or something?”. Do you believe the nerve of this guy to say that? I told him that a condo owner I did own the building and not to be a wise ass. We won’t be ordering from that pizzeria ever.

skateparkmom
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skateparkmom
8 years 1 month ago

Sometimes they get an overzealous delivery guy. He thinks he’s doing right by the restaurant but doesn’t realize he’s annoying the clientele. I remember one of the Chinese delivery guys took the menus and decorated the lobby, plants, elevator, light fixtures, paintings, each apartment, and on the fire extinguishers. I made a call to the restaurant and told them to send their delivery guy back over to clean it up. I then told them I would arrange for the building to boycott their restaurant if it happened again. The guy came back, cleaned up, no problem since – from that restaurant. Now another 50 to go…

bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”99496″]If you write to the City (Joseph Peluso, I think) and ask them to fine the business, they will issue a ticket for violation of City Ordanance 1110-44 as long as you also send supporting evidence. The two caveats are that (1) you must have the “No Advertisements” sticker conspicuously displayed, and (2) if you live in an apartment building with more than three units, you must get everyone’s signature in the building stating that they do not want to receive advertisements/menus. When I sent in pictures of Domino’s mess and asked that they be fined, Joe was very nice and explained that I’d first have to get everyone’s signature in the seven-apartment building (with the sticker displayed) stating that no one wished to received any further menus. Once that was complete, each time there were menus left, anyone in the building could write to Joe with supporting evidence and ask that the business be fined.[/quote]

amazing how there are actually solutions to the problems we have (well, some at least). but how many people do you think will actually do this?

Litterboken
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Litterboken
8 years 1 month ago

Wait, we already had this thread. It was only a few months ago.

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