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Well, That's A First - Aeropost Demands Equal Time

Internet Shopping and Mail Forwarding By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just received an email from Lic. Edgard S. Muñoz M., a lawyer who works for the firm SUCRE, ARIAS & REYES here in Panama City. In his email he writes: "Dear Mr. Winner: Enclosed to this communication you will find copies of the following documents sent today by registered mail to your office: 1. Letter from our office requesting you to comply with Law No.22 of year 2005 from the Republic of Panama regarding the “Right to Reply” in relation with your comments made about our client during October 7 and 8, 2009 2. Statement from our client, Aeropost International, answering your comments made through your webpage, which is considered under Panamanian Law an Communication Media in the Republic of Panama. Best regards, Edgard S. Muñoz M., SUCRE, ARIAS & REYES, Direct Tel: (507) 204-7928, Tel: (507) 204-7900, Fax: (507) 264-1168, www.sucre.net" Well golly, it will be my distinct pleasure. I mean, really. It's not every day that someone comes banging on my door to demand equal time. Obviously the people at Aeropost want to make this into a case of "he said, she said" and that's perfectly fine with me. I mean, I already have my mind made up - I think I'll choose to believe my wife's Pastor - but that's just me, and anyway it's also encumbent upon me to fully disclose those kinds of biases. Wait - here's another one - Airbox Express has been advertising on my website for years. Anyway, without any further ado, may I present the Aeropost version of events, for what it's worth... (more)

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First of All - The Letter From The Lawyer:

  • Dear Mr. Winner

  • We have been hired by AEROPOST INTERNATIONAL, a company organized under the laws of the State of Florida, of the United States of America, to contact you in order to enforce its Right to Respond according to regulations of Law No. 22 of June 29, 2005 of the Republic of Panama, in relation to your publication made through the webpage "Panama Guide.com" during October 7 and 8, 2009, regarding a commercial disagreement that is happening between our client and Airbox Express.

  • Enclosed to this communication you will find our Client's response to your articles and comments, which in accordance to the above-mentioned law of the Republic of Panama most (sp) be published using the same space and place than the previous news published in your webpage and shall be made no later than 48 hours from it (sp) receipt.

  • Best regards;

  • (Signed)

  • Edgard S. Muñoz M

And Now The Letter From Aeropost: I'm going to publish their letter as they sent it, and then respond with my comments, investigation, and analysis below. I wouldn't want to mess up their mojo, ya' know. If I commented in the middle of the text of their letter, there's a chance that I might not be complying with the spirit and intent of Panamanian Law Number 22 of 2005. So anyway, I'll let them have their say, and then I'll have mine. Here goes...

  • From: AEROPOST

  • Dear Mr. Winner,

  • In reference to your letter, we would like to please let all your readers know that for the last 17 years we have provided Airbox Express with not only its mail and package receiving services, but also access to all of our Aeropost proprietary software, sales development and training tools, as well as participation in all our alliances with regional banks and institutions. We actually had a very good business relationship with Airbox up until the last 10 days.

  • Despite what you have written, Saturday October 3rd was the first time we received any notification that Keith Blume and Airbox Express were asking customers to change their address to a new service provider in Miami.

  • Our Position On The Matter:

    • Airbox Express unilaterally severed its relationship with Aeropost on October 3, 2009.

    • We have turned over to Airbox Express all their US mail and packages from their United States Post Office Box.

    • We respect the right of Panama customers to change their physical package address or maintain their existing address and use our services and systems.

    • We request that Airbox Express please builds its own website rather than use the version they copied from Aeropost line by line, image by image. Copyright infringement is a serious federal offense.

    • We request that Keith Blume please pay his outstanding financial debt to Aeropost Miami.

    • We request that if you continue to write about those of us at Aeropost, that you please do so without the "profanities."

    • While Keith Blume has made his own business decisions, if does not change the fact that he remains a good person. We know him too well and he and his family would not approve of the language you have chosen to use in your publications.

  • Thank you for taking the time to post our reply.

  • Aeropost International Services, Inc.

Man, What A Buffet: I feel like I just walked into the Country House All You Can Eat Buffet after a hard day at work, starving, and I simply don't know where to start. I guess I'll just take it nice and slow, take my time, there's no rush, right? Let's see, I only have an hour to spend on this before I have to be off to another appointment, so that's my only limiting factor. With that having been said, with regards to:

  • "Airbox Express unilaterally severed its relationship with Aeropost on October 3, 2009." No, they did not. As a matter of fact a company like Airbox Express in Panama can have business relationships and agreements with a myriad of service providers. While I understand that Aeropost had provided service to Airbox for 17 years, you know very well that starting in May 2009 Aeropost informed Airbox of their intentions to enter the Panamanian market and to compete with Airbox here. And, quite specifically, there was a mutual understanding and agreement that any kind of an exclusive arrangement was terminated in May 2009. So, when Airbox quite logically hired the services of a different provider to begin to work towards a slow and steady separation and transition to a new company and service provider, in fact Aeropost seized upon and quite literally pounced upon the opportunity to attempt to steal all of Airbox's customers. In other words, if I buy my gas at the same gas station for 17 years, just because I decide to fill my car up somewhere else does not give the other guy the right to steal my furniture, just because he's pissed over the fact that I've decided to take my business elsewhere. Got it?

  • "We have turned over to Airbox Express all their US mail and packages from their United States Post Office Box. Technically correct, however you fail to mention that Aeropost continues to hold sequestered all of the mail that arrived at the physical address in Miami, which makes up about 95% of the traffic. Airbox Express does in fact have a US Mail Post Office Box in Miami, and up until 2 October 2009 Aeropost was authorized by Keith Blume to pickup mail from that box. And, it's quite possibly a true and valid statement to say that all of the mail to that specific box has been turned over. However, at the same time it is also woefully inadequate, considering the situation, to neglect to mention the FACT that Aeropost continues to hold all of the mail that was supposed to be sent to Airbox Express customers in Panama hostage. There is a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, 14 October 2009, in the 11th Circuit Court in Dade County in Miami, and I suspect that at that hearing the judge will grant the emergency request for a Temporary Restraining Order as requested by Airbox Express, and through that order, if and when it is issued, Aeropost will be forced to stop this nonsense and to deliver the mail rightfully owned by Airbox customers without further delay. But, let's wait and see. In the meantime, your curt and precise wording of this very tightly constructed sentence further illustrates the depth of your desire to control the information, spin the story, and only let out those tiny little details that don't do you harm from a PR point of view. How is that working out for you now? You see, when the truth and facts are not on your side, you have to play chicken shit games like this. Slime balls...

  • "We respect the right of Panama customers to change their physical package address or maintain their existing address and use our services and systems. Again, completely ignoring the fact that the only reason the Panama customers have had anything to do with you at all is due to the business relationship they had with Airbox Express, not Aeropost. You, sir, are simply trying to steal Airbox's customers in the lowest possible way. Question - did you or did you not tell Keith Blume to his face that you would never do exactly what you are doing right now? Answer carefully, because I suspect the next time you will be asked that question, you will be under oath. And perjury is also a serious offense. So, while you might "respect their rights" of the Panamanian customers, that's like a crook saying he "respects the rights" of the $20 bills that he stole to stay in his back pocket. Again, slime ball...

  • "We request that Airbox Express please builds its own website rather than use the version they copied from Aeropost line by line, image by image. Copyright infringement is a serious federal offense. Neglecting to point out that about a year and a half ago you basically forced Airbox Express to change their website to comply with the look and feel of your other websites. Now you want to complain about what you forced on them more than 18 months ago? Again, slime ball...

  • "We request that Keith Blume please pay his outstanding financial debt to Aeropost Miami. The answer for this one is pretty obvious - deliver the damn mail and they will pay their bill. Amazing.

  • "We request that if you continue to write about those of us at Aeropost, that you please do so without the "profanities."" Let's see. How about "pound sand." Or maybe "blow it out your ass." There's just so many different ways to say it, that I simply can't make up my mind. Hmmm. "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on" fits well. You see, I sometimes take profanity to a new level. As a matter of fact, I pride myself for calling asshole scumbags like you asshole scumbags. So, in short, no. I call them as I see them, and I think I have your number pretty clearly. You don't like it? I don't care. Not even a little bit. If you're pissed, I'm happy. Understand? Deal with it.

  • "While Keith Blume has made his own business decisions, if does not change the fact that he remains a good person. We know him too well and he and his family would not approve of the language you have chosen to use in your publications." What a lowlife, scumbag, manipulative prick. I'll just take the time to quote Keith Blume himself on this one, who said I was an "answer to prayer." But, nice try. Scumbag.

Time! That's all I can do for today. I now have to take my daughter to get her allergy shots, something much more important. Anyway, I would like to say "thank you very much" to the fine people at Aeropost for giving me another bone to chew on. That was fun. Oh, are you happy now? Good. We here at Panama-Guide.com are always willing to comply with Law 22 of 2005. And for the record, we would have published your bullshit letter, even without all the weak-assed lawyer stuff. Later...

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Well, That's A First - Aeropost Demands Equal Time
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, October 09 2009 @ 06:03 PM EDT

I'm totally confused and very unset about this situation.

I thought that Air Box, Aerocasillas, and AeroPost were all one and all the same. “It’s a hard to tell the players without a program”.

I received a call on my cell phone, in the middle of typical Panama City traffic this afternoon, and someone (AirBox Express?) asked if I received their e-mail, stating that I had to change my Florida address. I went semi-ballistic and told them I received mail from Air “somebody” but it didn’t really say anything. The caller promised to send another e-mail, but it seems that never happened.

I looked at my mail later, and all I saw was an e-mail from Airbox Express on 24 Sept., stating they were having problems receiving USPS mail from AeroPost. Sunday I received a message from AeroPost, claiming that I didn’t have to change my address, although they only mentioned the physical street address in Doral, not the P.O. Box in Miami, which I use for most all people and organizations as my home address.

You can imagine what a hassle it is to change your address with everyone after 3 years. “and how long have you lived at this address?”.

I called USPS and they told me that what I described was not “tampering with the mails”, since there was a 3rd
party contractor involved.

But, keep up the good work Bulldog!

Well, That's A First - Aeropost Demands Equal Time
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, October 10 2009 @ 12:15 PM EDT

Well...

Why not just give them equal time. I said on another post that there are two sides to every story. The calls I've made to AeroPost in Miami have been positive, while I can't seem to get any "first class mail" out of AirBox, even though they were in control of the PO Box.

I was really shocked to see in the legal document that AirBox was doing business under an "oral agreement." In Panama? If true, not a good idea in the USA and an even worse idea in Panama!

Just give them equal time... What do any of us have to lose?