Telemarketing Chiropractor’s Cellphone Called

Yesterday we told you about Dr. Kirtland Speaks, a back-cracker who’s suing for his right to telemarket to accident victims, using phone numbers from public accident reports. He’s alleging that preventing this marketing plan violates the First Amendment.

We also published his celllphone number. Beth, a Consumerist reader, called it.

What did Dr. Kirtland say? Find out, after the jump…

Beth writes:

    “Hi Ben-

    That number would, er… be his cell phone. Which was answered by a woman who seemed to not know anything about his lawsuit.

    However, she did put him on the phone. When I asked him if he truly believed it was a perfectly ethical practice to call victims of car accidents to peddle his back-cracking talents, he confirmed his position and when I asked him why, he seemed a bit flummoxed and couldn’t – or wouldn’t – give me an answer.

    He asked how I got his number and I let him know it was on the Internets. He argued with me a bit about it saying he really doubted that could be possible. I assured him that yes, it was entirely possible. I think he was more stunned by that than by someone questioning his ethics.

    And that was pretty much the end of the call. The majority of the conversation was with the nice lady that answered and me trying to explain to her why I was calling.

    My impression of Dr. Speaks can pretty much be summed up in one word- curmudgeon.

    Thanks for the number!”

The number was found here, in the Parker Professional Opportunities Newsletter. Do a word search for Speaks and you’ll find his listing to sell his old office setup, along with his phone number.

That’s right, Doctor, someone took your information from a publicly available record and called and harassed you without invitation. Shouldn’t there be a law against that? As ever, we kid, but to make a point.

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  1. Spr1dle says:

    I’m surprised that this lawsuit has not gotten any press whatsoever. The practice just seems so unsavory.

    I know there are Lawyer’s Codes of Ethics in every state, preventing attorneys from soliciting accident victims. In fact, an attorney can’t even send an unsolicited letter to a known accident victim, advertising their services. The policy behind these laws is to prevent a victim, in a compromised emotional state, from making a costly decision they will later regret. I would assume there is a similar regulation for “real” doctors. Why should chiropractors be allowed to prey on accident victims?

    I’ve never been to a chiropractor but have read some interesting things about them. Apparently, it has historically been a profit-driven enterprise, less about healing and more about getting return customers. If memory serves, their marketing techniques have, in the past, been suspect. I’m not saying that chiropractors can’t do any good. I’m just curious: has anyone been to a chiropractor and been told that there was nothing wrong with them?

  2. non-meat-stick says:

    Yes. I hold Chiropractors in very high regard. (I’m related to one) I have never paid for their services, but always find them healing and comforting. Can I survive without them…yes. Do they heal…absolutely.

    Do not question Chiropractic in this posting, question the actions of Dr. Speaks. Would it be any different if Speaks were a Dentist or Dermatologist? No, he would still be an asshole. This should be illegal, even in Louisiana…

  3. Bubba Barney says:

    No you dih-hint! That’s awesome. I think I will put his number on my blog too.

  4. It’s entirely fair to mention the considerable portion of the chiropractic industry, particularly in the USA, that is well known for legally or at the very least ethically suspect “practice building” activities. This is because dentists, dermatologists and practitioners of scientific medicine in general are not known for having “stars” who’re proud of being able to pump people through their offices at such a prodigious rate that they spend less than a minute with each patient, and of course rake in truly awesome profits as a result.

    The “areas of concern” with chiropractic as it is practised today can be summarised as “everything that makes it different from modern osteopathy”.

    The differences, in the case of modern orthodox chiropractors, can be very serious indeed. It is not difficult, for instance, to find chiropractors today who seriously question the idea that germs cause diseases.

    (I shit you not.)

    Much more information on the subject can be found here.