At the weekend, the 7yo received a letter. Very exciting, always nice to get something addressed to you in the mail. Even us adults get a bit excited, if it’s not a bill.
Welcome to the “Sticker Club”. Please send one pack of stickers to the person listed in the #1 spot. Next move my name to the #1 spot and put your name in the #2 spot.
If you can’t do this in 6 days, please let my parents know because it isn’t fair to all the other kids who have participated so far…
I’m sorry, but this is at best a chain letter, at worst encouraging our children to participate in a pyramid scheme! Am I alone in thinking this is a really bad idea? But then, do I want my child to be the one that ‘breaks the chain’?
And, isn’t it rather reminiscent of the ‘if you don’t send this letter to fifteen people by tomorrow, terrible things will happen’ nonsense of the chain letters of our youth?
Within two weeks, you should receive 36 packs of stickers…
Not a chance! Remember the knickers one in the nineties anyone?
Am I overreacting, should I just suck it up; send off some stickers, make my twelve copies of the letter and annoy six other mums?
At the moment I’m erring towards sending a pack of stickers to the child in the #1 spot and also the 7yo’s friend who sent him the bl*%*y letter in the first place (along with a note to her mother) and leaving it at that.
I may also take this as a learning opportunity for the 7yo and explain why various forms of pyramid schemes are illegal in many countries, including the UK and the US…
Am I just being a grouch?
I would be perfectly happy to take part in a Sticker Club where my son’s friends sent each other stickers. I have no issue with the time or effort involved in getting stickers and mailing them out to other kids. I just don’t like chain letters!
P.S. to the parents: please take the time to do this quick project. It is worth it to see the smile on your child’s face when they open their own mail…
I don’t like being made to feel guilty, and I also won’t like having to explain to my 7yo why he didn’t get lots of mail to open!
I would really appreciate your thoughts on this one, my six days are nearly up! What would you do?
[As an aside, hubby (who is a bit of a geek!) decided to work out how many people would have to be involved in the Sticker Club after 10 weeks to ensure that everyone ‘above’ them in the scheme is getting their stickers… 12 million! At a very conservative estimate of cost of stamps and stickers, this would amount to over $54m… And, in the US chain letters that ask for money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants are illegal, and while Sticker Club may be just a bit of fun; I still don’t like chain letters :)]