Saturday, January 29, 2011

Marlboro Man

I do not smoke. Nor, in fact, have I ever been tempted to smoke.

When we lived in Peoria I got a letter in the mail, addressed to me, one day from Marlboro. Junk mail sure is getting strange, I thought to myself as I tossed it in the trash.

Then I got another letter from them.  And another.  Then I started getting small packages.  I just kept throwing them in the trash.

Then we moved to Lincoln.  I didn't think much about the Marlboro mail issue. Until I got a large box in the mail, addressed to me.  They had found me.

I was dying of curiosity to know what was inside, but in the end I never opened that one either.  I still get small packages every couple of weeks from them.  I have yet to open a single one.

So my question is, why does Marlboro think I smoke?  Did they target all Amy Roses across the country, or did they actually follow my move from Peoria to Lincoln? Does anyone else get mail from Marlboro?

In other junk mail news, Devin gets a lot of coupons for baby items addressed to a Kevin Rose.  So, did the baby-items-coupon-people get his name wrong, or was there a Kevin Rose living here at one time who also had a baby?  Strange, strange.

And last but not least twice a week, every single week, I get a credit card offer - for a credit card I already have.  That makes me a little nervous about their competency.

All in all though, I get a lot of mail.  How nice.


  1. I can't say that I've ever gotten anything from the Marlboro Man, but the curiosity is killing me. I'm going to need you to open one of these mysterious packages, if nothing else perhaps there will be information as to how to get of the mailing list.

  2. I got a phone call from Marlboro a month or two ago. They started off by telling me they wanted to do a survey and I was still trying to decide if I really heard "Marlboro" right, and then the lady asked me if I was still a smoker and I said, um, I have never smoked, and then she apologized and I asked how she had my name and number and she said someone must have submitted the information (?????) and apologized again. And then we hung up.

    And now this to you.

    Very suspicious, Marlboro. Very suspicious.

  3. lucky you. i keep getting aarp cards--with my full name correctly spelled--on them, telling me i just need to send in my payment to activate my card. and here i was thinking not even 30 was still quite young. *sigh guess not.
    don't you love getting mail though?!

  4. Haha. I had forgotten about how you got the smoker mail. I can't believe the curiosity hasn't gotten to you yet. If it were addressed in my name, I'm pretty sure I would have to open it. :)

  5. I laughed at your Marlboro mail. Only thing is, I thought that I got
    letters from everyone that sends out ads by mail, and Marlboro has
    missed me. Nice to know there is one that I don't get! Grandma

  6. i love mail. and i would totally open those packages, if it were me. haha!

  7. Ames, if you don't open the next one, I will! Send it to me and I'll tell everyone what it is. deal?
    I don't get mail from them, but ever since I was a teenager I get mail for nursing homes and assisted living, head stones, etc. Apparently I'm 90 years old and didn't know it! I always did feel older than my real age....

  8. I started getting mail from Marlboro as well. I've been married 6 years, but they addressed it to my maiden name and my new address where we have only lived for 1 year. The maiden name and current address have never been together on anything, so I'm not sure how they got my information. After several random packages including Marlboro playing cards, I got annoyed and called them demanding to know how they got my information. They said I had signed up for their mailing list either online, by phone, or at an event. Of course that was not true and I've never smoked. They had my name, address, and full birthdate on file. I'm very upset by this and still do not know how they got this information.

  9. I've also gotten the AARP stuff and I'm 28. It's so annoying that these companies can get your personal information.