I just did something I never thought I had to do: Delete a post. I got an email from my web host (Best1Hosting, cool guys and always very helpful.) indicating that they were served with a Cease and Desist from a Law firm regarding a post from this blog made in 2008.
Being that I am not with extensive cash reserves or even very little ones (Damned Florida Lotto still refuses to go my way) and the last thing I want is to harm in any way my webhost who have provided me with a great service for several years now, I took the “Offending” post out. It grates me the wrong way, but sometimes Discretion is the better part of valor.
In that now removed post (legal eagles pay attention, it is removed as per your threat), I describe my saga with a gun company located in the Lower 48 (I am afraid that if I am more specific, I might get sued) regarding a off spec part for one of the long guns they sell, what I considered poor customer support and how I refused to acquire their replacement because of its outrageous price.
Now here is the funny thing: I am (was) an overall defender of this particular company and this particular semi-imported long gun from a former Soviet country. Even though among aficionados the particular model this company sells is known for its rough finish, less than careful re-assembly and with the looks of a coyote ugly date, I thought that it was a great deal for the price it was sold and for people in search of that type of long gun but with restricted budget.
Unfortunately the company or its legal representatives decided that a complaint posted on my blog and documented with their emails was demeaning and hurtful to their business or whatever legal terms they used in their Cease and Desist. If you think about it, the solution is quite stupid, I am sure it is costing them more in legal fees to have my post removed than actually sending me the part I needed for half their quoted price (and that would have brought it about the same price of the on spec parts easily available at any retailer) and have a customer happy.
I am tempted to contact the lawyers and ask them if they are taking legal actions against some major newspapers and less known journalist (but paid in part by the Joyce Foundation and others) in obscure “News” websites that had been beating the crap out of their client in their publications. Apparently, the same long gun I own seems to be in favor by certain criminal enterprises south of the border and it is regularly bemoaned by the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Violence Policy Center and the rest of Anti Gun entities that would love to see them go under and in jail for providing a product protected by the Second Amendment.
I guess it is time for me to start saving for a Colt M4.
To my readers. If I can figure out how to, I’ll be blocking the comments for this particular post just to cover my butt and possibly yours. If I cannot figure it out, I’ll delete any post that guesses correctly the company, the product, the law firm and anything that can be used to identify any of them. It suck, I know.
Sorry about that.