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Now if you have a computer in your home you will probably listen to this guy and say, you don't know what you are missing. And in one respect, he will agree with you. He is missing a lot by not having a computer because many companies offer deals online, and he wants to know, is that discriminating against people who don't have computers? This is why we bring in Help me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

WSVN -- In a world where it seems everyone is tweeting what they had for breakfast, or announcing on Facebook that they wore a green shirt to work that day, there is John Don Angelo.

John Don Angelo: "Twitter, Facebook, Google. These are just words. I have no idea what they are. Or 'I just put this up two days ago. I got 8 million followers.' 8 million followers of what? What are they following? Do you tell them your whole life?"

John is 80 years old, sharp as a tack, and healthy as a horse.

John Don Angelo: "I like the theater and I like art galleries and museums travel a lot. I've been all over Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Central America, all the states."

A happy smiling guy. And if you want to wipe that smile away, bring up computers.

John Don Angelo: "I've lived all these years without it. I don't feel I need one."

John doesn't miss Facebook or Google, but he is irritated about one thing he is missing.

John Don Angelo: "They give you really good deals if you do everything online, and I can't since I don't have a computer. I feel I should be entitled to discounts."

John says he often gets an offer in the mail, or sees a deal on TV he would like. But, to get it, you have to go online.

John Don Angelo: "My complaint is that I don't get none of these promotional things that are offered to other people because you can only get them if you have a computer. I want these things without a computer."

John says he is not alone that many people, young and old, don't have a computer or don't want a computer.

John Don Angelo: "This is for millions of people, even young people who don't have computers. Not just senior citizens. This is for everyone without a computer that may like these things, or maybe they don't care."

John says companies should offer a way to mail in to get their product, or have a 1-800-number that you don't have to sit on hold with for a month. But he says, many don't.

John Don Angelo: "Its very frustrating."

Frustrating, but Howard, is it discrimination against people who are elderly and don't like computers, or poor and cant afford one?

Howard: "Legally you can discriminate against a group of people as long as it's not because of their their race, religion or ethnic background. A business can have policies that block someone from benefiting from their sales the customers only recourse, do what John is doing and complain, or go to a business that is more accommodating to them."

John Don Angelo: "I don't want it for me. I want it for all senior citizens, or all people without computers."

John says maybe others like him will stand up and tell the companies, if you don't want us, we won't use you.

John Don Angelo: "You know how many millions they would lose? With the money they'll lose they can pay an operator to answer our calls."

John is a character . Now you may be thinking, John get with the times. But, he doesn't want to. And for companies, not having to answer mail or phones saves them money. So that makes sense. By the way, John is booking his next big cruise. Not online, by calling his travel agent, who will do it online for him.

Online issues left you out of line? You don't need a laptop. Call this number. We do Twitter, but we arrant twits. We still return calls as well.

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Reporter: Patrick Fraser at pfraser@wsvn.com

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