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You can be prosecuted for harrasment and go to jail for behavior like that.
That's super-douchey and an extreme over-reaction to a minor inconvenience.
Baloney, name one case.
Some of the people who send stuff out like this are real hucksters in their own right. My late father-in-law had dementia, and a**hat scam artists and super-douchey political operatives (I won't say which party) were bombing him with three to four of these per day. We found garbage bags full of this crap in his house. I went through the stack, and exchanged the contents, sending them each others steaming crap. I reserved the brick trick for the prepaid FedEx envelope. I figure that my doing this cost the political hacks enough money to take one radio ad off the air. That was the best contribution I gave to our nation for that year. And DG, I agree with lipnstac - name ONE case where idiots got prosecuted for that. Credit card scammers like the ones in the story deserve it even MORE.
I can't name the case but we were warned about such things on a sales job I had several years ago. The employer said the guy was prosecuted for using the mail to harass a particular business.