Stuff That Sucks 2: More Pictures Worth 500 Words.
I was in the Safeway on the corner of Richter and Bernard in Kelowna the other day when I noticed, conspicuously placed on the bottom of the doors was the above sticker, notifying those who saw it that the store was being monitored by Acme Protection Systems, Ltd. My immediate thought was, of course, HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM WILE E COYOTE? Why do people continue to buy products from people dumb enough to name their company after people who supplied a cartoon Coyote with ineffective, often defective, and always deadly products for catching a roadrunner? Why would you, as a business owner who could choose any name in the world, want that stigma attached to your products? Is it worth the nostalgic reference? I can just hear the Safeway manager saying to himself, “You know, the company I want to trust the millions of dollars worth of product and property in this store can only be safe in a company called Acme. That makes sense to me. Let me get my name on this contract right away.”
The Marketplace IGA in Glenmore recently supplied me with evidence of the
engagement of one of most epic battles of our time. Yes folks, the people at General Mills have taken their flagship product of Cheerios into head-on warfare with Toucan Sam and his mighty Froot Loops. Apparently, the Honey-Nut, Multi-Grain, Frosted, Apple Cinnamon, Yogurt Burst, Berry Burst, Oat Cluster Crunch, and Banana Nut Cheerios varieties have not been able to corner the market on the very lucrative colored-circle-shape-cereal gravy train that ever lovable/possibly high (have you noticed how much sniffing he does? Always following that nose of his…) tropical bird king of Kellogg’s has monopolized for so long. Just you wait for the unauthorized biographies and movie rights from this one…
Kelowna’s Capri Centre Mall recently supplied me with this gem in the men’s washroom. Yes, you are seeing it right, there is a paper cup dispenser IN THIS VERY PUBLIC WASHROOM. Apparently so many people were running in, cupping their hands under the tap, trying to corral a mouthful, that the big-wigs that make the big decisions around there decided to put a stop to the whole thing. Instead of installing, say, a drinking fountain, this must have been the next logical cost-cutting step. I knew there was some reason those guys were in charge…
And last but clearly not least, Calgary’s Centennial Arenas, home of my sworn enemy Mt. Royal Cougars, has been working ever so diligently to install a new wheelchair ramp to improve the arena’s disabled accessibility. At completion, the ramp will allow disabled spectators to enter the arena without having to navigate the stairs– they just have to figure out a way over the brick wall at the end of the ramp.