I walk in the house holding the magazine by its corners, as if it's carrying a disease and yell "Someone want to tell me WHY my 15 year old son is getting MAXIM MAGAZINE?!?!?!"
My son raises his hands in front of him to ward off my ire. "Whoa, not me!" he exclaims. My husband David just looks confused. No one knows what this is about apparently.
As most of my Facebook friends can attest to, I was mad. The cogs in my brain start to grind. His DAD! No wait! One of my crazy sisters!! I text message my sisters and nephew while Jacob calls his dad. They all deny it (and I'm pretty sure I offended them in the process. Sorry sisters and nephew - although one of them did joke "Why didn't *I* think of that?).
The magazine had a website I could go to, to check out the account. I go on, enter some random numbers from the front of the address label and see my son's name, MY e-mail address and a one-year subscription having been paid in May 2009 through May 2010. WHO did this? WHO knows my e-mail address?
I fire off an e-mail to their customer service department, asking them who had decided that my 15-year old son would be getting a subscription of Maxim magazine and to cancel it immediately.
Next day, I receive this reply:
Dear Ms. M,
A review of your account shows that the reminder of your Electronic Gaming
Monthly subscription was transferred to Maxim. We cancelled your subscription as
you requested. You may receive one or two more issues.
Wow. So, because the magazine we did subscribe to, EGM, went out of business 6 months into our paid year, rather than ask me, rather than getting something like this
they send him THIS???
FOR REAL?? What brain trust at the publishing company decided this? How many mothers of 10, 11, 12 year olds are getting this "surprise" as well?