Or at least a proofreader. A fat envelope in today’s mail contained a sheaf of pages requesting my “immediate” attention. Apparently one of my clients wants me to fill out a “Material Declaration Data Sheet.” They seem to think I am handling dangerous goods. Admittedly, words can be pointed, but I don’t think I’ve ever made anyone bleed.

As I peruse the form, I see cadmium, mercury and polybrominated biphyenyls listed. Nothing about my stock in trade – commas, semicolons, dashes and dependent and independent clauses.

More seriously, the form says I should contact “XXXXX at XXXXX@myclient’s name.com” if I have any questions. The XXXXXs actually appear on the form, which means that no one checked it before it was mailed to probably hundreds of suppliers like me.

My free advice to the client was: Have someone check every letter sent out on the corporate letterhead. Hey, on second glance, the person in charge of mailing this thing didn’t even use corporate letterhead. In this case, maybe that’s a good thing.


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