As a society, we’ve become pretty much immune to spam emails, since, you know, it’s no longer the 90s and no one believes that an email promising to enlarge your penis size is actually legit. Advancements in technology now allow you to sidestep those cringeworthy emails and store them in the vast wasteland known as your spam folder. Unfortunately, spammers are always in their R&D departments trying to figure out new ways to inform you of che4p v|ag4ra, in this case by moving on to text messages. In a recent class action lawsuit filed in Illinois, the energy drink Red Bull has had its wings clipped for sending unsolicited text messages. The class action lawsuit claims Red Bull violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which prohibits companies from sending unsolicited advertisements to anyone without express prior consent.
The Plaintiffs claim that they received several unsolicited text messages from Red Bull, without any options to opt-out of future messages. The suit alleges some actual harm done to them because of the nuisance involved and the fact that most people have to pay for any opened text messages even if unsolicited. Though I guess you could just ignore the messages, most people just kind of instinctively open them without a second thought. The suit wants Red Bull to shell out $5 to each plaintiff along with a guarantee to stop sending spam to anyone. In short: Red Bull might give you wings, but it also gives you spam. Drink Responsibly.