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S.A. Woman Charged $32 For Opinion (one born every minute - and she is blond...)
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Posted on 09/15/2002 5:38:36 PM PDT by chance33_98



S.A. Woman Charged $32 For Opinion
Fax Company Profits From Controversy
Posted: 11:46 a.m. CDT September 13, 2002
Updated: 12:08 p.m. CDT September 13, 2002

SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio woman was recently charged $32.45 for her opinion on a hot topic.

Susan Lyman-Krom (pictured, left) said she decided to respond to a poll from an unsolicited fax whether the phrase "One nation under God" should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.

"I felt strongly about that question," Lyman-Krom said in an interview with KSAT 12 News.

After writing down her vote, Lyman-Krom faxed her opinion to a 900 number.

According to the fax, calls cost $2.95 a minute. The average fax takes about two minutes in standard mode, the fax stated.

"We figured it would cost $6," Lyman-Krom said.

But when Lyman-Krom received her bill, she said she was shocked to see that she was charged $32.45 for an 11-minute fax by Right2Vote Limited, a Canadian company.

"I think it's a scam," Lyman-Krom added. "I think its a way to hit a nerve with the general public on a heated issue. They are turning right around and collecting all this money on a phone call."

Lyman-Krom said that AT&T told her that the 900 number she called belonged to British Fax Directory.

British Fax Directory is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fax, a London-based company that was fined $1 million by the Federal Communications Commission for junk faxes.

KSAT 12 News tried to contact Right2Vote, but there was no telephone number listed. A phone number to remove a fax machine from the company's list was constantly busy.


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I am getting a 900 number and telling people I will listen to their rants for $2.99/Minute. Then I will fax them asking them if Al Gore should be given the next election. Will be sweet to retire early!
1 posted on 09/15/2002 5:38:36 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
What's with the rude comment about being blonde? I am a natural blonde and I am offended by your remark. The woman in the picture is not a natural blonde (you can see her dark roots and her dark eyebrows).
2 posted on 09/15/2002 5:46:25 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
My apologies, but I could not help myself :) It had all the classical elements...
3 posted on 09/15/2002 5:50:22 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: RepublicanHippy
Hmmmm, how do I explain this.

Blonde jokes are just that, they are jokes. I don't think too many people actually think there is a genetic link between hair color and intelligence. Its just a stereotype genre of jokes that has caught on. Kinda like Aggie jokes, redneck jokes, Polish jokes, etc.

Better get used to it, since I doubt that they are going away. Sorry.
4 posted on 09/15/2002 5:50:58 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: chance33_98
Yeah, but which did she vote for?
5 posted on 09/15/2002 5:51:45 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: chance33_98
So let me get this straight. She KNEW that it would cost money to voice her opinion to the company asking the question, but she did it anyway?
6 posted on 09/15/2002 5:54:37 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: RepublicanHippy
I would take it to the Admin Monitor. After all, no one is ever offended around here by others' comments.
7 posted on 09/15/2002 5:54:38 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: chance33_98
...I think it's a scam...

That's my impression, also.

8 posted on 09/15/2002 5:56:29 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: chance33_98
""I think it's a scam," Lyman-Krom added."

Golly..................ya think???

9 posted on 09/15/2002 5:56:45 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Diddle E. Squat
No, I am not ever going to get used to it. It is rude and offensive and terribly hard on young blonde girls in school or in the workplace to have to be the object of "dumb blonde" jokes. I have been collecting data for quite a while now and am interested in filing a lawsuit against websites, etc. that produce blonde jokes if I can find a lawyer willing to take the case. Why should blondes have to tolerate being discriminated against when it is illegal to discriminate against others?
10 posted on 09/15/2002 5:57:26 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
I hear ya. Blonde jokes have been around forever, but my strawberry-blonde wife HATES them with a passion.
11 posted on 09/15/2002 5:57:54 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: RepublicanHippy
"I am offended by your remark"

Thanks for letting us know. Please post your nationality, sex, age, religious affiliation and sexual orientation on your profile so we can be sure not to "offend" you again with some silly offhanded comment.

12 posted on 09/15/2002 6:02:53 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: RepublicanHippy
No, I am not ever going to get used to it. It is rude and offensive and terribly hard on young blonde girls in school or in the workplace to have to be the object of "dumb blonde" jokes. I have been collecting data for quite a while now and am interested in filing a lawsuit against websites, etc. that produce blonde jokes if I can find a lawyer willing to take the case. Why should blondes have to tolerate being discriminated against when it is illegal to discriminate against others?

You have to be kidding! If I thought you were really serious............
But, I know you're illustrating absurdity with absurdity.

;-)

13 posted on 09/15/2002 6:07:07 PM PDT by Thumper1960
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To: RightOnline
Hey, maybe we can start a class-action lawsuit! Actually the "dumb blonde" thing started in the 1950's with Carol Channing and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" which appeared on broadway and later was made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. channing made some comment in a Ladies Home Journal article and the "dumb blonde" thing took off from there. (As I said, I did a lot of research on this topic.)
14 posted on 09/15/2002 6:08:46 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: johniegrad
Well at least I am polite and do not purposely try to offend people, especially those who share the same political views I do.
15 posted on 09/15/2002 6:10:05 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
Thanks for clearing that up.
16 posted on 09/15/2002 6:10:54 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: Thumper1960
You must be some middle-aged white male correct?
17 posted on 09/15/2002 6:11:03 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: Lockbox
Thanks for clearing that up.


Clearing what up?
18 posted on 09/15/2002 6:12:38 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
Maybe I'm desensitized. I'm a conservative who has been in a very liberal work environment for most of the last 8 years, so I've felt the sting of many a barb and cutting joke. I understand where you are coming from, but at what point do we overshelter children, versus prepare them for the battles of the real world? Obviously not my place to decide, but something to consider. I hear where you are coming from, but not sure that there is a very effective proactive solution out there.

As to the lawsuit, gonna be a tough road. If Neonazi idiots can put racial jokes on the web, I doubt blond jokes are going to be deemed as more offensive.

Do you really think that many people actually believe hair color affects intelligence? Gender discrimination would seem to be the more likely explanation. And IMHO, any intelligent woman with attractive looks is usually at an ADVANTAGE in a business setting. Some things are just that way, fair or not. Human nature is a slippery cat to herd.

My guess is that more at the root of the problem(sorry about that) is insecure girls playing the dumb blonde image if they think it is to their benefit. Improving self-esteem would help that, but such is probably more effective coming from parents and peers, rather than the judiciary.
19 posted on 09/15/2002 6:12:40 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: chance33_98
How many blondes does it take to fax something?

20 posted on 09/15/2002 6:13:04 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: RepublicanHippy
Unless your tongue is in your cheek, you have picked the wrong website.

And I am series.
21 posted on 09/15/2002 6:16:32 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: RepublicanHippy
Oh By The Way, be prepared for some major ribbing tonight. That's the direction these threads usually head. Maybe it will be a bit quieter, given its a Sunday night. Post this Monday after lunch and it'll be at 200 replies within the hour.
22 posted on 09/15/2002 6:16:35 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: RepublicanHippy
Clearing what up?

Whether or not if Susan Lyman-Krom was a natural or bottle blond. Hard for me to know.

23 posted on 09/15/2002 6:16:51 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: chance33_98
she was charged $32.45 for an 11-minute fax...

She sounds like a moron, haircolor notwithstanding.

I suppose she missed the ticking of the ol' clock as her charges racked up? Or is she nothing but another American looking to assign the blame to anyone else except the one to whom responsibility actually falls?
24 posted on 09/15/2002 6:17:10 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Dang, I guess I'm officially on the sidelines for this one.
25 posted on 09/15/2002 6:18:49 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: RepublicanHippy
I think you've really picked the wrong forum if you are so offended by humor that you want to initiate a lawsuit. You will need to have a little thicker skin to persist around here.

My wife is a gorgeous blonde and I've always been a sucker for blondes. She is a very intelligent woman who can laugh at a joke and who will play the "dumb blonde" just for the fun of it.

You're taking yourself way too seriously. No one here actually believes in those jokes. They are just jokes.

Please tell me you're pulling eveyones' legs.

26 posted on 09/15/2002 6:18:51 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: RepublicanHippy
Chill!
27 posted on 09/15/2002 6:19:40 PM PDT by Alissa
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To: RepublicanHippy

28 posted on 09/15/2002 6:20:17 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Okay, well you people know how I feel about being insulted by your "dumb blonde" jokes. I have been an avid fan of Free Republic for a couple years now but I guess it's time I find a new hang out. I thought I had something in common with you people because I am a life-long conservative but apparently not. Before I say good-bye can I ask you if any of you have young blonde daughters? Would you like it if they were constantly offended and poked fun of like you are doing to me on this thread?
29 posted on 09/15/2002 6:20:45 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Neither she nor the crook who fleeced her deserves sympathy or admiration.
30 posted on 09/15/2002 6:22:39 PM PDT by Kevin Curry
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To: RepublicanHippy

A life changing experience is only a bottle away!

31 posted on 09/15/2002 6:23:59 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: RepublicanHippy
You must be some middle-aged white male correct?

So? Your point being......?

32 posted on 09/15/2002 6:24:32 PM PDT by Thumper1960
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To: RepublicanHippy
Would you like it if they were constantly offended and poked fun of like you are doing to me on this thread?

That's odd. I thought the thread was about Susan Lyman-Krom. You don't think you've personalized this by any chance, do you?

33 posted on 09/15/2002 6:25:28 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Rebelbase
Up yours jerk.
34 posted on 09/15/2002 6:25:49 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
RepublicanHippy signed up 2002-08-30

And apparently has a short fuse...

35 posted on 09/15/2002 6:26:21 PM PDT by Grani
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To: petuniasevan
perfect !
36 posted on 09/15/2002 6:26:30 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: RepublicanHippy
I'm your age and have a blonde daughter and you're way toooo sensitive. I suggest you get a back bone and a harder hide! Blonde jokes should just roll off your back and not be taken personally. No one thinks you're an air head unless you keep acting 'insulted/spoiled.'
37 posted on 09/15/2002 6:26:56 PM PDT by Alissa
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To: RepublicanHippy
[B]ecause I am a life-long conservative but apparently not. Before I say good-bye . . .

Stick around. You made a valid comment. You're a new poster and almost all new posters go through a little hazing of sorts. Stand straight up, spit back in the eyes of your critics, and fearlessly continue to post.

They'll back off, and you'll start to enjoy being here.

38 posted on 09/15/2002 6:27:38 PM PDT by Kevin Curry
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To: RepublicanHippy
I have been an avid fan of Free Republic for a couple years now but I guess it's time I find a new hang out..

If you had been "been an avid fan" of Free Republic for a couple HOURS you would have known better.

Ta-ta!

39 posted on 09/15/2002 6:28:41 PM PDT by eddie willers
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Ya, when it comes to being insulted by middle-aged white males with inferiority complexes.
40 posted on 09/15/2002 6:29:25 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
Well I hope you won't leave FR because some jokes were directed at you. This can be a tough crowd, but its just the internet.

I don't have a blonde daughter, so can't exactly relate, but remember being picked on as a kid. Many of us could list the horrid things we were called, the harrassment, the ostracizing. Kids can be incredibly mean. I had to hear it for a year in 5th grade because I let a girl beat me up(I was taught to never, ever hit a girl, and my smart mouth pushed one over the edge.) But that's just a part of growing up, learning to deal with the unfair hardships that will come throughout life, often at the worst times.

I'm sure it has to be one of the most frustrating things in the world to see your child be picked on or suffer unfairly. Thank goodness you have the good motherly instincts to want to protect her in any and every way. But I doubt that anyone here is trying to inflict that type of pain by making a joke, and one of our tenets of conservatism is learning to deal with adversity. Sometimes its the tough challenges that build our character and make us stronger, giving us skills that we can return to later in life when similar troubles arise.
41 posted on 09/15/2002 6:30:34 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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"The woman in the picture is not a natural blonde (you can see her dark roots and her dark eyebrows).

I looked again and I swear those roots are dyed black.
I have two blond daughters and I would never think of making blond jokes about them. I just consider certain lapses to be blond moments.

42 posted on 09/15/2002 6:31:08 PM PDT by 1riot1ranger
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To: RepublicanHippy
You must be some middle-aged white male correct?

Hey! I'm offended by that.

You ARE a blond. Correct?

43 posted on 09/15/2002 6:31:55 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: eddie willers
I have been lurking on Free Republic for a long time now but only recently decided to post something. It had to do with asking knitters who post on Free Republic if they would be interested in joining Project Warm the Troops! (as was written about in Vogue Knitting a few months back). So tata to you to jerk.
44 posted on 09/15/2002 6:32:01 PM PDT by RepublicanHippy
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To: RepublicanHippy
DO more luder there, Hool!


45 posted on 09/15/2002 6:32:04 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Diddle E. Squat
This can be a tough crowd,

A girl beat you up?
Bwahahahahahaha

46 posted on 09/15/2002 6:33:19 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: RepublicanHippy
I have been collecting data for quite a while now and am interested in filing a lawsuit against websites, etc. that produce blonde jokes if I can find a lawyer willing to take the case.

Ah, that's the ol' conservative spirit at work. Find a trial lawyer to enforce your sense of political correctness.

Sue to prove that jokes are no laughing matter.

47 posted on 09/15/2002 6:33:21 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: RepublicanHippy
Before I say good-bye can I ask you if any of you have young blonde daughters?

Yes...Twins.

Would you like it if they were constantly offended and poked fun of like you are doing to me on this thread?

Doesn't matter what I like or not...they have a fair sense of humor, and a real sense of who they are...unlike you, thinskin.

Go file a lawsuit, and head over to DU.

Sheesh and good-bye.

FMCDH

48 posted on 09/15/2002 6:33:24 PM PDT by nothingnew
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...but I guess it's time I find a new hang out...

and you are the weakest link...g'bye
49 posted on 09/15/2002 6:33:41 PM PDT by VMI70
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To: RepublicanHippy
Ya, when it comes to being insulted by middle-aged white males with inferiority complexes . . .

See? That's the idea. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

50 posted on 09/15/2002 6:34:46 PM PDT by Kevin Curry
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