Sunday, March 19, 2017

THE TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! FRUSTRATED KANSAS CITY STAR READERS VENT COMPLAINTS WITH TKC BLOG COMMUNITY!!!



Very surprised people still take the paper but today we're compiling some of the TOP KANSAS CITY STAR complaints sent our way that are worth sharing and shed light on the continued struggles of local dead tree media as they look to sell their building and suffer continued circulation and subscriber hard times. Take a look:

Highway Robbery

"I haven’t bought the local paper for a while, but husband had surgery and couldn’t get to the store today to get a Sunday paper (He likes the Harbor Freight free stuff). I went up there and bought one. The Star should wear a mask and carry a gun for charging $3.00 (yes, I said it right, $3.00) for the Sunday paper. $3.27 with tax, actually. It used to be that we would spend all Sunday afternoon reading the paper. We either got to be speed readers or the paper has shrunk. Now it takes about an hour to get through it, and I can’t say that I am more informed after reading it than I was before I read it."
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Clay Chastain: Star's agenda-driven and biased federal funding article leaves out mention of people's rail initiative slated for August vote.

"The Star only seems interested in covering the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) plan to expand the city's existing "Toy train" streetcar system and how it operates - as a limited, slow moving, frequently stopping and antiquated rail system running in traffic.

"It is probably true the RTA plan, if approved by voters, would have trouble securing federal funds because it is solely dependent on small TIGER Grants which may be eliminated from the federal budget.

"Au contraire,' Chastain's proposed (and far more ambitious and modern) junior light rail system (petition initiative) would be far more likely to qualify for substantial federal matching funds (via the Federal Light Rail Starts Program) because it is a rapid citywide rail system that would actually improve the city's public transportation infrastructure. By comparison, the RTA plan is a token rail system that does little to improve transit and is merely designed to be a boon to developers and tourists."
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Delivery Problems In JoCo Cont'd

So how many of you didn't get your Sunday paper this morning? I don't know about all of you but I am really getting sick of either not getting a paper or finding it out in the street . . . The new delivery drivers are completely unenthusiastic and don't seem to care about a subscriber for more than 30 years. At this point I'm a slave to habit and I get my real news from TV and the Internet but week after week I can't help but remain disappointed about lackluster delivery from a formerly great paper that now doesn't seem to care about loyal customers.
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36 Comments:

Anonymous said...

My problem is with Wall Street journal delivery that's is bundled with the Star. WSJ is a WONDERFUL paper that still remains relevant and has more information than what's online and on TV in a form factor that I love. The problem is that The Star delivers it in my neighborhood and there are ALWAYS problems. Everything they touch seems to be getting worse.

Anonymous said...

I get my real news from TV and the Internet


LMAO

Anonymous said...

I get mine from YouTube

Anonymous said...

I read in papee this am, because my neighbor got up late- that the print edition will soon be over with.

They have hardly any writers- Can't deliver it well- and when you call to complain you get upper managements' awesome decision to have people who can't speak understandable English.

Good bye Star!

Hello Facebook news!

Good bye old people who make up The Star!

Is Vahe in his 80's? No local talent and you have to recruit old white guys?

Anonymous said...

McClatchy most likely outsources delviery to independent gig economy contractors. I wouldn't expect the shoddy service to change.

Retro ROCKER said...

Mcclatchy is 1 billion in debt to bank of America you know bankers set on there bord,they cut lay,off shrink the paper don't pay the delivery driver's they are burning cash they will sell there properties and will burn the buyers they will move to Johnson County or Lee's Summit the land lord will be stuck with a high tax burden and no tenants

Anonymous said...

I get my news from Instagram

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading the Star, but it's only worth what it's worth. My complaint is with the complete lack of transparency in the circulation department. I don't remember the exact number but up to several months ago, I was paying, on a month to month agreement, just under $16 a month. About a month ago, I received a letter saying that due to rising costs (blah, blah, blah) they were raising my rate to $26/month. So I called (obviously a call center in foreign land) and offered to pay for a year up-front my old rate. They refused, offered something lower, but still too high, so I let the subscription expire. Less than a week later, I recieved a "We want you back" email offering $14.76 a month. Huh? I called and paid for a year. I'll need to watch my bill to make sure there's no price creep, at month 13. My experience hasn't exactly been confidence inspiring.

Retro ROCKER said...

The unemployment rate is under 5 percent the best and the brightest will not work for the STAR for low pay and layoffs there are too many golden gooses,laying eggs

Anonymous said...

What's interesting is those people who believe their getting actual news from the newspaper. Lol They must be retired baby-boomers.

Anonymous said...

T H E E N D I S N E A R

Anonymous said...

For $1.....ya read it right...FOUR U.S. IN GOD WE TRUST QUARTERS/or TEN DIMES/or TWENTY NICKLES/or ONE HUNDRED PENNIES buys a Sunday Star (complete with coupons, ads, the usual puff and propoganda, at select Kansas Dollar Tree stores for over a year now. Some charge .09 KS sales tax.

(Don't know if MO shops sell $1. Sun. Stars.)



Lately, the DT cashiers, thankfully, guard the $1. rags from the cheapskate coupon kleptos. About 2 or 3 times a year, the ad/marketing firms don't provide Sunday coupon inserts (my 3 local grocers, CVS, WG, and QTrip seem to always have lots unsold when the coupon crowd doesn't buy those "empty" Stars).

I get it mostly for coupons, fireplace/bonfire starter, and oil catch on the garage floor.

Super Dave said...

4:37 is dead on the money about the Wall Street Journal issues. I get missed at least one day a week and when you call in to complain and get credit they won't issue the credit and tell you you will get it the next day. Bullshit they never throw it the next day. Back on the phone again, wish I could find someplace that was easy for me to pick the WSJ up myself.

Retro ROCKER said...

The customer service is in another country they let customer service in the u.s.a go cheep labor you get what you pay for no commutation when a paper is missed and they are answering for 30 different newspapers,

Anonymous said...

The new delivery drivers are completely unenthusiastic and don't seem to care about a subscriber for more than 30 years.

Thirty years is a long time to not care about somebody.

I'm surprised your KICKASS INSIDER can fucking read the way he constructs sentences.

Anonymous said...

THE KC STAR IS A LIBERAL RAG THAT IS ANTI UNION SORT OF LIKE ALL THE LIBERAL POLITITIONS WHAT HYPACRITES

Anonymous said...

YOU CAN READ, STUPOR DAVE? GODDAMN, MIRACLES NEVER CEASE.

Anonymous said...

LIBERAL STATES CITIES AND MEDIA OUTETS ARE GOING BANKRUPT. MAYBE YOU CAN READ THAT FAGGOT

Anonymous said...

Why is it that all of these right-wing morons can't read or spell? 6:19 PM-HYPACRITES, POLITITIONS? What the fuck is that?? PEOPLE WHO USE ALL CAPS WITHOUT PUNCTUATON AND MISSPELLONG ARE IDIOTS

Retro ROCKER said...

OK the solution to the problem have four delivery driver's north south east and west when someone misses a paper have customer service call them and deliver a paper the circulation manager is not on the ball give him a call it's not rocket science

chuck said...

Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press at TKC!!

I get my fuckin news from Tony.

Any other vehicle is a one way trip. You are forced, or, force yourself to listen and are restricted in the comments section.

Liberal-Progressive-Fascists HATE FREE SPEECH!!

Here at TKC, the unexpected contretemps visited on we hoi polloi is cussed and discussed at length. What could be more egalitarian than that?

All the news worth 'printing' in this "wicked little town" is right here.

Fuck the Red Star,

Anonymous said...

Agree with 4:37. I take the WSJ, which is delivered by the Star guy. If I'm really lucky I get the paper shortly after 8 AM. But it's usually later. I usually end up reading it in the afternoon or the next morning.

Super Dave said...

I agree a little with that chuck. But Tony doesn't come close to covering the things that the WSJ does. I got started reading them years ago and they do cover many things the Star no longer even tries to cover.

Tony gives us a good look and taste of the current local news all in one location which is great.

I could solve my issue and just get a digital issue but I get so tired of having to look at some screen all day long to get my information from. Some are okay with that but like last night went to dinner with friends and I think our table was the only table that actually talked with one another the whole time. The rest all except when eating were either staring at their phone or showing their phone to another party at the table.

Anonymous said...

6:19, 6:27 and 6:29 is one irritating scrotum licking goofus.

Anonymous said...

Where's Suck? We have a comment from the REAL Chuck.

Or is he too exhausted to respond, due to chasing all his imaginary Chucks?

Anonymous said...

^^^LOLZ

Anonymous said...

7:42, I think the comment under Chuck's name actually came from Suck. Too stupid to be anybody else.

Anonymous said...

All the lying and twisting of language don't worry you chuckles?

Oh right you're brain damaged.

Anonymous said...

Suck finally enters the fray! And he didn't even call Chuck names (yet).

Anonymous said...

Disappointed in The Star today??

Wait a couple weeks.

Less for more.

Anonymous said...

The Kansas City Star wants to sell the building that the City taxpayers spent millions to subsidize. Pathetic! And what about all of the tax deferments they got, like every other building down town? Pathetic. Wasn't it supposed to spur new development and economic success for KC down town? That is what City official declared when they gave them out tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

Hi folks chuck here, again sorry for the above post and the multiple anonymous ones that followed it. Any post that references an earlier chuck post is me. I just wanted you guys to know. I know you figured it out. You guys are smart, I'm not. I just don't have anyone or anything else in my life.

Anonymous said...

it's strange that everything is falling apart at once.

it must be that the economics just don't work anymore. sort of a who-moved-my-cheese paradigm shift.

it's too bad because good daily newspapers were a foundation of an informed democracy.

internet news doesn't seem the same.

Anonymous said...

@8:46. AKA Suck the fascist Stalker, "impersonating" Chuck for the thousandth time. Yawn.

Anonymous said...

10:46 AM @ chuck "impersonating" anonymous for the thousandth time. Yawn.

Anonymous said...

@10:47 - Fuck you Suck, you OCD-laden pathetic piece of leftist shit.