Tried To Screw Me Out Of Ten Bucks A Month And All I Got Was This Lousy Post

So, Monday night/Tuesday morning, during the throes of another bout of “I can’t freaking fall asleep to save my sanity,” my cel phone starts chiming with a text message at 12:17AM. Half a minute later, there’s another text message alert. I drag myself out of bed, worried that some sort of disaster has hit friend or family, only to find that some jackasses at a Joke of the Day business had signed me up for their service without my asking. The two messages were congratulating me on signing up and giving me my special pin number. Too groggy and angry to deal with it right away, I just assumed there would be more messages coming and turned the phone off for the night in a vain effort to get some much needed rest.

6 mostly sleepless hours later, I turn my phone back on and find that there were indeed more messages, including the day’s joke. I’m reprinting it below so nobody has to cough up $9.99 for the one-month membership to receive this gem.

Joke of the Day:
Q: What did the doctor say when the patient complained, “Doctor, I feel stiff in the joints?”
A: “Then stay out of the joints!”

They actually wanted me to pay ten bucks a month for this pablum!

I got on the phone with Sprint, and the customer service rep knocked their charge off my ill and blocked them from my phone, no problems. She also told me that these clowns had done the same thing to her recently, indicating that this company is not only unfunny, but they have a habit of illegally creating accounts for people, many of whom likely think that simply opting out via the text message instructions will save them from being billed. Hint: it won’t – the initial $9.99 charge was immediately sent to Sprint.


I hope you choke, you thieving asshats.


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5 Responses to Tried To Screw Me Out Of Ten Bucks A Month And All I Got Was This Lousy Post
  1. Robbo
    January 9, 2008 | 11:36 am

    I actually signed up for one of these stupid services once. I really just wanted the Free Ringtone they were advertising. Their sign up form was filled with “Check this box if yes you do not want to not unreceive your subscription to your daily horoscope or not” type messages. I tried to bail out but ended up getting subscribed and the free ringtone did cost me about $5 in unwanted, useless text messages.

    That situation was more my fault since I did step on the beartrap (unlike Smoovyg above), but still…is it ALL just crappy come ons by thieving bastards? Are there any legit ringtone vendors (other than the phone providers).

    P.S. I notice 4CR is carrying google ads for these asshats below. You should go into adsense and block that shit. That’s how I got scammed in the first place, following the google ads from my own site. I don’t carry those ads any more.

  2. Stephen Gerding
    January 9, 2008 | 11:42 am

    I have JokeMobi in the filter, but I can’t use the Google tool to see who else is advertising because it’s only available for Windows and Explorer. Great move, Google!!

  3. jokemobi complaints
    April 17, 2008 | 6:54 pm

    do a google search for jokemobi and you’ll see results like this:

    looks like there are lots of complaints about jokemobi charges

  4. Steve
    July 21, 2008 | 4:25 pm

    Verizon sued for this. LA County Superior Court Case# BC 387729
    In settlement proceedings.

  5. Marshall Milligan
    December 11, 2008 | 6:15 pm

    Just recieved a check from Citizens Bank for 19.98. Thank You for trying to steal from Honest People Who Care! Also a Big Thank You to Gresham v. Kepler&Associates.

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