McAteer criticizes ‘tactless’ Navy recruitment texts

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Friday, January 9th, 2015
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SDLP Councillor Kevin McAteer has branded mobile phone providers who have started advertising for the Royal Navy as ‘tactless’. McAteer made the comments after receiving complaints from Newry residents who have received unwanted messages advertising jobs in the British Armed Services. Speaking to Newry Times, he said, “We have all at some point received an unwanted advertisement through our phones from various companies trying to grab our attention. “Most of us find them irritating but it is evident from the number of complaints I have received that far from being an annoyance, these texts have offended a number of people within the Newry community. “These messages advertising the Royal Navy are insensitive when they are sent directly to people who have suffered due to the actions of the British Armed Services. Those who sent them have demonstrated a complete lack of awareness and tact. “What is perhaps more baffling is that it was not the Royal Navy distributing these messages but was in fact the service provider who has offended their customers. The local Councillor added, “Advertising via phone is invasive enough without including cultural insensitivity. I would advise this service provider to discontinue any further blanket marketing of this kind.”

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