i’m a little bit of a scatterbrain, so sometimes when i’m lied to, especially about something plausible, well, i’ll entertain a moment or two (or more) of self-doubt. it’s a most disconcerting feeling.
so this morning when i got a big, bright, busy spam saying ‘pepsi welcomes you’, well, i figured i had it coming. “In the recent past, you signed up to get some fun emails and fresh surprises from Pepsi… like this one!” it tells me. “Enjoy it. Want to unsubscribe? Just click here.” and and for a moment, i believed pepsi.
you see, awhile back while we still had a soda machine, i had a pretty bad diet mountain dew habit, and they had this under the cap game where you would login and put in your cap codes. i did pretty well with that, you know, got a keyring and a big beach blanket, had some thrills seeing if maybe i’d be an instant winner. but i’m ever so sure that i carefully evaluated all the potential spam signups. “uncheck this checked box if you don’t object to us sending you some exciting offers!” i don’t check lightly — i am always careful to make sure the message i’m sending is, ‘i don’t want any’.
but this morning pepsi made me doubt myself. what if i asked for it? what if, in a moment of weakness, the exciting offers sounded too tantalizing and i gave in? but in my mind, i knew something was wrong. i knew that this pepsi affair came long after the days i used to foolishly sign up for free things and complete the ‘tell us about your interests’ part. i’m not the gullible newbie i once was. i wouldn’t have opened my inbox to this. i didn’t say yes.
i feel so violated.