- Report: #153777
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Complaint Review: United States Bowling Congress
United States Bowling Congress5301 South 76th Street Greendale, Wisconsin U.S.A.
United States Bowling Congress Targeting minors with sales literature for Oreck vacuum cleaners RIPOFF Greendale Wisconsin
*Consumer Comment: Parents Morals
*Author of original report: USBC responds
*Consumer Suggestion: Think About What You Said
*Consumer Comment: Lighten up Kevin
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My son has been a member of Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) for the past 3 or 4 years and never received mailings such as this. Recently, however, the three different bowling associations merged to form the USBC so that rules and tournaments would be more uniform. It would seem they wasted no time in selling off a mailing list of membership without a single thought as to the age or sex of those members.
While I suppose sex has little to do with the purchasing of vacuums these days, age certainly should have been a factor! No child should have their names and addresses shared or sold without parental consent. While I doubt my child would have returned the order form, as a teacher, I am sure there is a very good possibility that some children will, thereby costing their parents some frustration and monetary funds to return item or argue Oreck for a refund should they insist "all sales are final." And, while Oreck may not make such a claim, who's to say the next mailing isn't from a more unscrupulous vendor.
The point is, the names of children should not have been given to Oreck or any other vendor without the consent of a parent. What is truly odd, and makes me even madder, is the fact that I am also a member of USBC, yet I have yet to receive the same mailing. Makes you wonder if the mailing list Oreck purchased wasn't strictly minors. It also makes me leary of both USBC and Oreck. I will certainly never buy anything they have to sell after this.
Spring Hill, Florida
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/15/2005 10:12 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/United-States-Bowling-Congress/Greendale-Wisconsin-53129-1120/United-States-Bowling-Congress-Targeting-minors-with-sales-literature-for-Oreck-vacuum-cle-153777. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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