Atlanta Journal Constitution - Greed Over Common Sense

Lost and Found - Complaint
Review by laberg30501 on 2012-07-13
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I recently found a cockatiel that apparently had escaped it's home. I was able to catch it and bring it to my house and I was very anxious to return it to it's owner. I called several local newspapers and they let me post " found " ads for no charge.

In a effort to widen my range of search I called the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION. I spoke with a woman who identified herself as Tina. Tina told me that I couldn't advertise a cockatiel in Lost and Found because it was a pet and if I advertised it the cost would be $50.00
I am trying to get a lost animal back to it's owner and they want to charge me?

Triumph of greed over common sense.
Comments:13 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-07-14
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-07-13:
Real community minded aren't they?
Posted by Nohandle on 2012-07-13:
Although I can certainly understand your frustration, I actually recall the days any listing under *lost and found* under the pet section the person placing the ad was charged for it. That policy was relaxed locally a few years back and there's no charge now. That's not to guarantee they won't start it back.

Have you checked in the Atlanta area if there is a website that provides listings of pets either lost or found? We have several here (free of charge) and many use it. Your information is shared almost immediately which is better than waiting several days for an ad to appear in the newspaper.
Posted by frak on 2012-07-13:
While I applaud the OP's efforts at reuniting the bird with its owner, I really wonder when it became the Atlanta Journal Constitution's responsibility to do the same? Running those ads cost money and take up the paper's "real estate."

I remember when all my local papers stopped running free obits - based on the outrage people expressed, you would think the papers were CAUSING all the deaths. But the papers are a business - struggling businesses at that.

Don't forget to alert the local animal control - they may have a place to list such found animals as well.
Posted by unhappy999 on 2012-07-13:
If you or anyone you know has Facebook, put it on there.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-07-14:
Frak, and you see where more & more newspapers are cutting back, online only etc. because they are loosing customers to electronic print.
It's not a responsibility, but a community service. It would help sell papers for small investment.
Posted by Nohandle on 2012-07-14:
I agree JKT but the Atlanta area is huge. Heaven knows how many pages, pages and pages it would require to print the ads if they were free. Some might expect to look up the ads for free as well and never purchase a newspaper.

Back when our local paper charged for those types of ads many found their pets that way and I ran several myself. Some individuals wanted to *reward* me for finding their pet. I merely laughed and told one that reimbursement for the ad would be nice, but the accommodations and food were free. When you see children crying with joy it is worth every penny for the cost of the ad.

People, put some identification on your pet. I don't care if it's an inside pet. Things happen. I don't know how someone would put identification on a bird. I guess a little anklet.
Posted by D. on 2012-07-14:
I see a lot of 'found' pets posted on Craig's List, you might want to try that as well...
Posted by frak on 2012-07-14:
You cannot fault someone for not giving away their services for free.

Well, you 99-percenters do that every day, but you are still largely employed by the one percent you demand so much of.

If the community wants a free lost and found service, let the community figure out how to do it - don't demand someone else do it for you.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-07-14:
Wait a minute, no one is demanding Or faulting anything. This has nothing to do with the percenters, but reasonable suggestions for solutions to a problem.
Good points NoHandle
Posted by frak on 2012-07-14:
Pardon me, but this whole thread is based on the complaint that the AJC is greedy - and therefore bad - for wanting to charge for its services.

Even your first comment, jkt, is a slap at the AJC for wanting to charge the OP.

All that is fair to some kinds of people, just not to me.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-07-14:
The complaint is based on that, but not the comments. Slap in the face..not really, just a coment. Newspapers are leary about contributing to the community and particular causes, since they believe it would "taint their outlook on news". We all know that news outlets are known for not doing "slanted" or one sided reporting and honestly report the news with no side taken.
Posted by frak on 2012-07-14:
True enough, jkt.

I remember reading John Lennon's last interview. The reporter suggested that if the Beatles reunited for one televised concert, they could raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help the people in Central America.

Lennon replied with something like: "Since when did it become the Beatles' responsibility to take care of the people of Central America?"

Where I live, there are at least three billionaires. (Considering there are only about 1,200 billionaires in the world/600 in the U.S., that's quite a lot.)

These folks are barraged with requests for financial help for this and that. City has no money for fireworks for the 4th, ask them. No money to keep the pools open for the poor, ask them.

One of these guys helped fund the local arena (for sports/concerts), and when he was asked why he didn't pay for the whole thing, since he could easily afford it, he said something to the effect that if the community wanted an arena, the community should get together to make that happen. If only he worked to build the arena, who is to say the community would later support it? Maybe it would stay empty most of the time.

If the community wants it, let the community get it. He's happy to help, but only when the community helps to.

I believe all my comments stand in line with that logic, and that the AJC is not greedy or in any other way not community-minded by charging for their services.

And, yes, all the other suggestions for getting the word out aboout the bird are excellent. But why does the AJC have to be torn down to get there?

Posted by DELL Hell on 2012-07-14:
Two words and one URL:

Craigs List, http://atlanta.craigslist.org/laf

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