Classmates.com can eat my ass! (via Shouts from the Abyss)
Am I prescient? I must be. This has happened so many times. I love it when something I’ve bitched about becomes a class action lawsuit. Because of my luck (or lack thereof) I have been in many!
This morning I got an email that informed me, essentially, I am already a winner!
There has been a settlement and Classmates.com has agreed to pay $2.5 million.
In 2008, San Diego man Anthony Michaels sued Classmates.com for using the names of his former classmates to mislead him into upgrading from a free membership to a paid one. Michaels claimed the site had sent him emails to alert him that his old peers were trying to contact him, and when he upgraded his membership and logged in, he learned that it was all a ruse.
As part of the settlement Classmates.com, of course, denies any wrongdoing. Duh. But we all know you’re a bunch of ass weasels.
At least I’ve got one thing in my favor. Unlike Anthony Michaels, I didn’t fall for their bullshit. You see, I already knew it was impossible anyone from high school would ever try to contact me, therefore the Classmates.com fishing expedition was exposed.
The only problem now is where do I go to cash my $2.5 million check? I’m thinking the 7-Eleven down the street.
Huh? My share of the settlement will be approx. $5 to $10? What the fuck?
I want to buy all of my reader a round! The drinks are on me! (As long as they cost two cents each.)
Classmates.com can eat my ass!
In theory, Classmates.com is a neat idea. You can hook up with people you used to know. Fun. Or not. 🙂
I did sign up as a free member knowing full well that some of the “premium” features would be unavailable to me. I did so under the assumption that Classmates.com wanted me to check out their service and, hopefully, later on decide to whip out my wallet and fork over some scrilla.
I have to admit. I wasn’t so moved. I was quite content to remain a free member.
Then I started receiving these ominous notifications. “Someone” had signed my “guestbook.” I was asked, “Don’t you want to know who it is???”
WTF? I visited the site and tried to find a way to view the identities of people, or at least get a preview of their comments. (How do I know it isn’t spam? If I pay to see spam Classmates.com is going to have a much bigger problem on their hands.)
Nope. No dice. They are unwilling to give you even a tiny glimpse.
So now people from my past could be under the assumption that I’m ignoring them and don’t care since I was dumb enough to sign up for a free service. That’s just swell.