Seeking stories of consumer citizen warriors who have crossed swords with commercial and governmental behemoths.
CONSUMER STORIES OF CITIZEN WARRIORS
The purpose of this web site is to seek input from fellow CITIZEN WARRIORS who have crossed swords with major corporations or government departments, and who have the documentation - back and forth snail mail correspondence, form letters, e-mail, on line chats etc., that tells the story of their battle or battles. I am writing a book on the subject, basically consisting of a collection of too funny for words or too ridiculous to believe consumer experiences. I call it
BATTLING THE BEHEMOTHS
And I need help. I need the stories of your experiences.
To give you an idea of the flavor of the "BEHEMOTH BATTLES" that I'm looking for, take a look at the INTRODUCTION that I've written for the book and the titles and brief descriptions below of a few of MY battles. I've included the full text of two of them to illustrate a couple of techniques that I have used to record my battles.
None of this is to be confused with web sites that show complaint letters or promote books on how to write complaint letters. My book, to which I'm inviting contributions, is about STORIES of clashes between individuals and corporations or governments that can be told by back and forth correspondence, e-mail, on-line "chats" all held together with personal narrative - like these samples.
THE CONFOUNDED CABLE CAPER or AT&T THE HORROR YEARS
This is the one that made me decide that there needed to be a collection of these stories in a book for the whole world to read. It's the tragic/comedy story of trying to get AT&T Broadband installed, then RE-installed after a nationwide disconnection of the service. 18,000 words. You'll find it hard to believe that a major corporation can operate like the Keystone Cops and stay in business.!! Just to give you an idea, take a look at the OPENING SALVO - TWO LETTERS
It goes downhill from here!!!
FUN AND GAMES WITH THE LITERARY GUILD Illustrates the combination of back and forth correspondence and connective narrative with me using English and the Literary Guild using "Behemoth Speak.". Full text. 2,600 words .
A Transatlantic billing mix up, utilizing back and forth correspondence, presented as (I hope) a humorous article about a mythical disease named HERZOPHOBIA. Full text. 4,000 words.
BRING ME FOOD AND BRING ME WINE
Food and Wine Magazine made us an offer we couldn't refuse. Or did they just want our money? The correspondence and narrative that found the answer. 1600 words.
WHERE'S GEORGE WASHINGTON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?
A two year battle with the BRITISH ARMY in the 1990's, trying to find and collect a bonus that they owed me from my teenage service (age 15 to 18) in the 1940's!!! You'll wonder how they finished up on the winning side of world war two!! 5,000 words
Those are capsule descriptions of a few of MY Battles With Behemoths. How about yours? Let's get together and expose Behemoth Behavior to the world!! I'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you'd like to know who I am, take a peek at
ABOUT THE AUTHOR