please! oh please! don’t send me this

i know we’re all inundated with spam every day. thank goodness i’ve got a good spam filter. (between deb and i, we get about 400 spam messages a week!) anyways what really gets me is the “cutsey-wisdom-filled-touching-story-something-should-be-done-about-this” spam messages i get from people i personally know.

and the part that gets me the most is the endings. they usually go something like this:
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>> Send this letter to all the people you care about, Including the person who sent this to you.
>> If you do so, You will certainly brighten someone’s day and might change their perspective on life, for the better.

or promising some good fortune if you do. (or some threatening omen if you don’t)

>> Send this message to ten
>> of your friends including me.
>> If you get 5 replies, someone you love will surprise
>> you. Happy days! Don’t break this; it’s
>> working!

now i know some of you get a kick out of these sort of things, and some of the stories will actually make good sermon illustrations some day. but please oh please don’t send me this junk every day! or every week for that matter. in fact if you have to, limit yourself to one (a really good one) a month. and for pete’s sake delete that last part tag line. and while your at it delete all those annoying >> marks. otherwise you’ll force my hand and i’ll have no choice but to block your email permanently from my inbox.

you know who you are. so in advance . . . THANK YOU!

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