This ad really, though, goes way beyond creepy. It’s tremendously threatening and offensive, 1984ish really, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar here, not after the way that NC has been treating Amazon lately*. Even the NY Times has picked up on the story. What the state hasn’t told Amazon (or anyone else) is what it plans to do with the names, addresses and purchase information it is demanding. Do they simply want Amazon to pony up the sales taxes they didn’t (and aren’t legally required to) collect? Or is NC intending on sending a nastygram to every resident it thinks owes taxes? My guess is the latter.