From The New York Shitty Inbox: An Open Letter To IDT

April 19, 2009 by
Filed under: Area 51, Asshole, Greenpoint Magic, Manhattan, Williamsburg 

This offering comes from a Harlem resident who would prefer to remain anonymous. We’ll call him/her MS:

On Wednesday, 4/15/09, after being asked to leave, your IDT Agents refused to leave my building, located at [West Harlem address here]. They remained in the building after over 25 minutes of being asked to leave, even though I clarified I was an owner. They also refused to stop bothering my elderly neighbors, after being asked to do so.  Additionally they refused to give me a phone number or phone numbers to allow me to call a supervisor to assist in asking them to leave.  Then I took out my video camera.

There were two female agents, once wore a pink shirt under her coat and the other a gray beret. The agent in the pink shirt said her brother was her boss and he wouldn’t like it if she gave out his phone number, nor could I use her phone and use her minutes. (I offered her $5 to use her phone, but that offer was refused.) Your agents stated I could not make them leave even if I was an owner in the building because someone on the 4th floor buzzed them in. I said if they are guests of that person, they are now out of their apartment, so they need to leave my building. The girl in the beret said something like: Oh it’s your building, yeah right. And I clarified again, that I am an owner in the building and I want them to leave immediately. They said that the last building they were just in someone also called the police and that the police came and said they were allowed to be there. That of course is not true.

After asking the agents to leave for over 10 minutes, I called my super at 1:29pm hoping a man’s presence would convince the agents to leave but he was not available.  I then called IDT at 1:37pm @877-887-6866 and they said they could not call off their agents, and that I’d have to call the police. At 1:41pm I called 311 who transferred me to 911 because your agents were trespassing.

They continued door-to-door and I told each neighbor I saw that I have asked these agents to leave and that I called the police. One agent had already convinced my elderly neighbor to bring them their Con Ed bill and I also told that neighbor I had called the police.

Your agents pretended they called the police to report me and then they began knocking on doors on my first floor, and that is when I went to get my video camera. When officers from the 30th Precinct arrived they said they had received my call but had not received a call from your agents.

Here is the video that I put on youtube, as you will see, per request of your agent Sheena (excised) #6706306.

So far I’ve submitted it to Channel 7(“7 on Your Side”), Fox (“Shame, Shame, Shame”), The Consumerist, The Gothamist, Curbed, NYC bloggers/websites (if they have articles about problems with your agents), and the NYS Public Service Commission.

Under § 140.05 of the New York Penal Law, “[a] person is guilty of trespass when he knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in or upon premises.”

If indeed these are legitimate agents from your company, they have not represented you well.  This is the third time in a few weeks your agents have entered my building and have gone to door-to-door. Please stop sending your agents to Harlem.

And north Brooklyn too for that matter. This person’s experience with IDT’s “professionals” is not terribly unlike a number I have had. When asked to leave they just laugh. This is not a matter of mere youthful impertinence. It is OBNOXIOUS— and constitutes trespassing. Simple as that.

Miss Heather


8 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: An Open Letter To IDT

  1. Tania on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 11:54 am
  2. Good entry, these people are annoying and shouldnt be allowed to sell door to door… in the Brooklyn police blotter some guys are posing to work for the energy company or maybe they do, heres the link under Energy Scam

  3. missheather on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 1:55 pm
  4. I am very familiar with this “article”. The following post of mine, not the Police blotter is what broke this story:

    How do I know this, you ask? Very simple: a colleague of mine forwarded the above post to Gersh Kuntzman.

  5. rowan on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 2:00 pm
  6. One of their employees made kissyfaces at me while I was walking past the building they (unsuccessfully, I might add) were trying to buzz themselves into. Charming.

  7. Tania on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 2:22 pm
  8. Oh it looked like another robbery happened in addition to your former post about the poor dog…

  9. missheather on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 2:26 pm
  10. It’s the same incident. It happened just down the block from Tacobite (which a great place to grab vittles!). The owner told me all about it. The dog was in the hallway one minute, the next it was gone.

  11. Tania on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 2:33 pm
  12. haha ok i am getting confused, this is a different story, some person stated that they stole $800 and a laptop from their house while they where looking for their current energy bill…

  13. missheather on Mon, 20th Apr 2009 2:36 pm
  14. Make that two of us. 😉 I have spent a great deal of my afternoon trying to clean this here apartment. It ain’t pretty. I’m off to grab a beer. I need it!

  15. AMOJA on Tue, 21st Apr 2009 11:14 am
  16. Miss Heather,

    I wasn’t sure how to throw this your way, and you’ve probably heard about it already (though I haven’t seen any mention of it here) Anyhow, this seemed the most appropriate post to attach it to.

    Bill de Blasio is on the IDT hunt!

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