Okay, we all hate junk mail, or, at the very least, find it mildly annoying. But, would you sue a company for blocking up your mailbox? One US resident has done just this! Lauren Miller is upset that Urban Outfitter’s subsidiary company, Free People, asked her for her ZIP code when the debit card she used didn’t require it, and then used that zip code to send her junk mail. Miller is now seeking a class action lawsuit against the company.
According to the lawsuit;
“Plaintiff and class members suffered damages, including the invasion of their privacy and the profit or other economic benefit that Free People obtained from the misappropriation of [their] personal identification information.”
It’s not the first time US retailers have come under fire for collecting ZIP codes of its customers. In California alone, over 50 class action lawsuits have been filed against retailers. The Californian Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that shops cannot require customers to provide their ZIP code and since then, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has made a similar ruling.
What Miller’s lawsuit may come down too, is whether she was merely asked for he ZIP code, or whether it was a requirement in order to purchase items from the store.
Remember, people -if you don’t want junk mail, don’t give out your details!!