I was saddened to note recently the response that the blogger Zeno had, following his complaints to the General Chirorpactic Council (GCC). Detailed in full in this post, it seems that a chiropractor (or, worse, possibly even someone who is an employee of the GCC) has signed Zeno up to various catalogues and websites.
Some of these websites and catalogues are in dubious taste. Rather than simply harrassing Zeno by signing him up to ordinary websites and catalogues, the subscriptions include the British National Party site and an adult fetish entertainment website.
It’s an incredible way for someone who is presumably either a medical professional (or a member of a regulatory body for medical professionals) to behave. How can these people possibly expect to be taken seriously if this is the way they respond to criticism of their making unsubstantiated claims?
All the subscriptions were signed up to using a unique email address that Zeno had provided to the GCC. As he states in his letter to the GCC: “The only place I have used that email address was on my complaint letter to you. It would appear that either my details were used by someone at the GCC, or it was one of your members after having received the complaint letter from you.”
I’m rethinking my GCC complaint now – if this is the result of going through the GCC with complaints, then I might be better off reporting chiropractors to Trading Standards or the Office of Fair Trading and pursuing them through the courts. I bet they didn’t consider that possible consequence when they were signing a blogger up to various catalogues and websites in order to inconvenience him.
[The picture is from forums.techguy.org, the caption at the bottom is mine. For the full story of Zeno’s complaints to the GCC, visit his blog at http://www.zenosblog.com/ and read through his recent posts.]
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EDIT 4.30pm, 29/06/09: Since posting this earlier, I’ve had an email from the GCC (at 16:24). Text reproduced below:
I recently sent you a copy of our Complaint Information Pack. I do note that I have not heard further from you in respect of the complaint you wished to make.
If you wish to submit a complaint against XXX XXX, in line with our normal procedure you will need to submit your complaint in writing, by letter, which should be signed. In the absence of a complaint from you, no further action will be taken in respect of your email dated 10 June 2009.
Coincidence, or do you think they read my blog?