A few days ago, I posted about SMS spams - my (ex) friend Foot Locker, in concert with that new kid S'lifter.com, decided to text me some vital info, and I wasn't feelin' it. Well, as it happens, the punks responded to my q about how and why they got all up in this bidness:
To answer your question about how we received your number and to ensure you understand that we're not a telemarketer or a firm that obtains cell phone numbers illegally, here's the explanation: We recently partnered with Foot Locker and the only way we would have been able to send you a message is if you willingly gave it to Foot Locker (or one of their subsidiaries Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and/or Footaction) to be a member of their loyalty program. As you know, membership in the Foot Locker program is completely optional, and people provided their cell phone number to them in order to be notified of special events, promotions and the like in exchange for coupons and member benefits. Our text message would fall into the promotion category, which is why you received our invitation. Importantly, we very much wanted to make it very clear that anyone who received our text message was given the option to opt out of receiving future messages (same with Foot Locker, and if you want to opt out of their membership program, you'll have to contact them directly.) Also, along with the introductory message was an option to "opt out" of this particular promotion. However, if he wanted to opt out of Foot Locker in general he should contact them directly.
Get that? The only problem, though, as I have written this oh-so-caring gang, is that I never submitted my phone number to Foot Locker. As I've stated, that cat's persona non grata, yo, and he always has been. So now Slifter's doing some high-class P.I. work to see where they got my digits. Updates to follow. In the meantime, think twice before answering that text. A-train out.