As with all complaints, yadda yadda yadda

Posted May 26th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Possible, I suppose, but in view of my recent experiences with your office I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I don't believe it.

Dear Rob,

I found this statement on your website regarding the recent Amazon investigation concerning their “print on demand” policy changes . . .

As with all complaints regarding a business, we have advised of these concerns and have asked the company to respond to us.— Office of the Attorney General
April 08, 2008 Press Release

Not true. No, not even close.

“As with all complaints”

Nobody from your office ever contacted my partners or me prior to being served with your demand to appear and be deposed.

Apparently, you decided a response wasn’t needed, you knew all you needed to know, and “what happens next” was nothing more than a formality . . . go get ‘em.

So, the “as with all complaints” statement isn’t really true, is it?

It’s just more of the same from your office where you get to pretty much make it up as you go.


Case in point . . .

Your Press Release Update regarding the Amazon policy changes states, “the Washington Attorney General’s Anti-trust Division has received many complaints . . .”

Possible, I suppose, but in view of my recent experiences with your office, I’m going to go out on a limb and say “many” is a handful or two, at most.

Let’s find out.

Please be advised that under the Public Records Act, I request copies of all complaints filed with your office regarding Amazon’s new print on demand policy. Kindly provide same as required by the act.

How Many is “Many?”

Readers, what does “many” mean to you? I’d have to say 50 or so complaints to qualify as many, but you may have a different perspective.

Would three be “many?”

I’d call three a few, not many. It’s actually the exact opposite of many.

How about 12? Is that enough to qualify as “many?”

I’d call that a dozen and twice that, a couple dozen, but I wouldn’t call it many, (especially when considering number 20 on your Top 20 Complaint Categories is “Travel,” with 314).

Now, 314, that’s “many.”

Prove me wrong

I could be wrong, and I hope I am . . . but I doubt it, Rob.

My guess for the number of complaints your office actually received regarding the new Amazon policy?


Please send me copies of those “many complaints” and in doing so, prove me wrong and restore my faith in the integrity of your office.

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

P.S. Anyone else care to guess how many complaints against Amazon were received? Take a shot.

6 Responses to: “As with all complaints, yadda yadda yadda”

  1. anemonehead responds:
    Posted: May 26th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Let’s see Joe,

    You had how many complaints again?

    I’ll go with one for Amazon, they’re a lot bigger target than you.

    Might be a good idea to contact the good people at Amazon. They might be interested in what they’re doing to you. Better yet, when all this ends, compile the blog into book form and sell it.

    What would be a good title?

    How I took down an out of control Attorney General.

    Then there’s the movie…

    Keifer Sutherland as Joe Kaiser


    Warren Weasel as Rob McKenna

  2. DaveD responds:
    Posted: May 27th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    A simple misunderstanding.

    Yep, that’s what it is. You see, words have meaning, and you just aren’t getting it right, Joe.

    “… what we’ve got here… is a FAILURE to communicate…”

    You just don’t understand AG-speak.

    As a public service, we need to set up an AG-speak translator – you know, sort of like an English-Spanish dictionary. Here is a start, but frankly with this concept you can begin a whole new series of posts.

    AG-Speak… English translation

    Many… One
    Few… None
    Flooded… Four
    Swamped… Four
    70,000… incidental
    Fine work… Cheryl Kringle
    Scam… RE investor making a profit
    Big scam… Foreclosure investing making a profit
    Scammer… Ugh, you would be the poster boy ;-P
    Complaint… Opinion
    Simple… HB2791
    Owners overage… County’s slush fund

  3. Loya responds:
    Posted: May 27th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    DavidD——I could not have said it better!

  4. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: May 27th, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Too funny, fellas. If it wasn’t so painful to endure, I’d be grinning from ear to ear.


  5. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: May 27th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    And DaveD, my all-time favorite movie, Cool Hand Luke, of course.

  6. DaveD responds:
    Posted: May 27th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    We have a row of parking meter posts outside one of my title companies… with the heads chopped off. I laugh like hell every time I drive past them. Cool Hand Luke lives on!

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