Dear Robo-callers, robo-texters, robo-emailers and robo-signers

If I leave my front door open, that is not an invitation for you to enter on my property, enter my house and find someone to sell something. That is called “entering,” and it is a felony. It isn’t breaking and entering, but it is entering. I don’t want you or whatever you are selling to enter upon my property or go into my house or distract someone from whatever they were doing, forcing them to escort you out or call the police.

If my door is unlocked but closed, it is still breaking and entering, just the same as if you came through a window with brochures. The fact that you did not intend to steal anything directly is no excuse or defense against the criminal charge of trespassing, breaking, and entering. The fact that I left it unlocked does not mean you are invited to come in and sell something or bother anyone in my home.

If the door is locked and closed, then it is a higher offense. The fact that you found a way to get in any way does not excuse the crime of interfering with my quiet enjoyment of my property and my privacy. It is trespass, breaking, and entering. You belong in jail.

And if you manage to trick me into signing a document that I have no chance to read does not mean that I am bound by that document. All valid contracts require reciprocity and a meeting of the minds. My mind didn’t meet you or your mind. I want you out of my life. If there is a clause that says you can enter into my home, I have not consented to that if I knew nothing about it and if I never had a reasonable chance to find out.

That is the law, by the way not just my opinion.

The fact that I possess a telephone and a number does not give you or create my consent to call me — I don’t care what documents you have hidden away with microscopic writing. We both know I did not invite or even consent to your call, text, or email.

And for those who robo-sign documents for people who tell them to sign documents they don’t read or understand, I didn’t consent to you executing documents that could alter the trajectory of my life.

All of this is about caveat emptor, and people still believe that is the law. It isn’t. The people and the government figured out that it doesn’t help society, and it isn’t capitalism if you get money from people through false pretenses. It’s theft. And it isn’t good for society if you can trick people into buying services that discretely commit them to keep paying for a service they only wanted once.

One Response

  1. Wells said Neil. But not just the robo-signing itself. It is the fake authority that the robo-signing is derived from. Thanks.

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