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Aaron N. Tubbs

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Ok, so I go and try enter the Dr. Pepper contest to win a free mini cooper. I enter my 15-digit unique code, and try to enter, giving them gobs of personal information they can use to profile and sell to me, and my one-time email address.

“We’re sorry, your email address is not valid.”

The email address I used was xxxxxx.nnnnnn@xxxxxx.com, where x are all lowercase alpha characters, and x are all digits 0-9. This is a created email address designed so I can avoid the spam, and detect who violates their supposed privacy/notification policies. There is nothing wrong with this email address.

So I tried to use their feedback form, writing the following:

Your contest entry form says “xxxxxx.nnnnnn@xxxxxx.com” is not a valid email when I try to submit a keycap. Tell me WHERE in http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc0822.txt (the standard, since superseded by http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2822.txt) my email address is invalid. Fix this now. I would like a response confirming when this is resolved so I might enter your contest without paying to send registered mail.

I attempted to submit this form, and got the following:

Due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we are unable to process your request.

Please call us Toll-free at 1-800-696-5891 or write to us at: Brands People Love, Attn: Consumer Relations, P.O. Box 869077, Plano, TX 75086

Fuck the children! How am I going to get my mini cooper cabrio now?