I was going to hold off on blogging this but since Damien has already mentioned it I thought I’d add my experience.
I received two emails directly from Monster’s Business Development Manager John Burns today. In the emails John said
i want you to delete my name from your blog that is open to the public….
He went on to add
You are putting my name at risk and my character on your blog, remove it ASAP or i will proceed with the legal advice i was given.
You have already damaged my name and caused great embarresment to me.
Please take this very seriously.
Business Development Manager
I received several other emails from John where he tried to recall the spam he sent out yesterday but as Michele noted, that only works with Microsoft Exchange within an organisation.
To make matters even worse, incredibly, in the recall efforts John once again exposed everyone’s email addresses by not using the bcc field.
The real kicker for me though was when John left me a voicemail on the one hand threatening me with legal action, and then on the other hand asking me to
take down what you have put up about me, remove my name and replace it with somebody else’s immediately… I will definitely be taking this forward
Remove his name and replace it with somebody else’s? Just who’s name would John have me use instead?
I’m sorry but does this guy have no sense of responsibility for his actions at all. Not once, at any point did he apologise for spamming me, not once did he apologise for harvesting the data from the it@cork members’ directory and then he asks me to put someone else in the frame while he threatens me with legal action? Unbelievable.
I’m sure John is a nice guy but if he had only put his hands up, accepted he was wrong and asked how he could right what he had done, this would never have become the growing embarrassment it is to Monster’s already poor reputation.
UPDATE – Daithi has created an hilarious re-mix of the voicemail – check it out