The Emotional Pumpkin


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

On the perils of living in California: item #58

It must be the newest thing in cheap marketing, but for the last year or so, I've been noticing that local businesses have been hiring people to stand along major thoroughfares waving signs and arrows advertising them: Quizno's Subs, Computer Repair, Fresh Flowers. Some of these sign-wavers really get into it; they'll bring headphones and some portable music device and be dancing around, waving their signs, waving to passing drivers.

As a way of getting people's attention, it's both low tech and amazingly effective. It's also a dangerous distraction to drivers. This may have something to do with my unfortunate tendency to look with the entire car and not just my eyes, but I can't imagine that anything that suddenly takes a driver's attention off the road can be good for the overall accident level.


Blogger K said...

"my unfortunate tendency to look with the entire car"

Thanks for a good laugh.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Richa said...

We aim to please.

11:16 PM  
Blogger jinnie said...

i've seen these..
i think i was in your car when i saw a Quizno guy dancing with a headphone on. he was quite happy and enthusiastic. well, he made me smile and laugh!
good thing i wasn't driving. and i'm still alive, so richa, you did good.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Richa said...

Not so good. That was the time I nearly rear-ended the car in front of us. So consider it blind luck that you're still alive.

9:13 PM  

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