Saturday, April 19, 2008

Don't Believe Everything You Hear on TV

   I am guessing you already knew that.  Don't believe everything you hear on TV.  But here are three more examples anyway.

  1.  Carls" Jr. commercial shows a young fellow eating a huge hamburger that is so enormous and sloppy that the chili is dribbling out the back.  A commentator says, "And even if you don't want the get 'em anyway."

   I scootered to Carls" Jr and asked for that "Hamburger that you get fries with whether you want them or not.... ah, to go."  I got the chili cheese burger and paid $3.45 and scooted home.  I scooted on out to the courtyard, I didn't want chili on my carpet.  I opened the bag.

   There were NO fries. 

   It was my own fault.  I didn't look in the bag when it was handed to me.  In fact, I should have known.  Patron in front of me was complaining that there were no fries in his bag.  You'd think that would have warned me.  The clerks were high school age kids, and they were very off handed and indifferent to the patrons.

   There were six paper napkins in the bag though, and that was lucky, because the chili did actually leak out the back of the burger as in the advertisement. The burger was not bad, but it was nothing like the commercial. Don't believe everything you see on television.

   2.  Staples stationary store advertises "one dollar off for each empty printer ink cartridge you bring in."  I gathered my ten or so empty cartridges and went to Staples.  I bought four more cartridges of ink for my insatiable printer. 

   "Sorry," said the clerk, "we can only take three empties a day per customer."

   I stammered and tried to think of an argument and wondered if calling the manager would have helped.  I was buying four, but could only return three empties.  If this policy is firm and my printer consumes ink at the rate it has been, I will soon be up to my butt in empties.

   Nothing was said in the advertising on television about a limit per day.  Don't believe everything you see on television.

   3. Don't believe everything you see on television. Anybody can make a commercial and say anything they want.  For example, there is an experimental promo for Dribble on television.  My friend David Burke made a promo for Dribble, using only our basic stuff, keyboard, laptop, and handheld camera. Frankly, it is only a trial run, but you may be amused to see our first run. It is on YouTube.  A click on the following link ought to get it for you.


madcobug said...

It was a shame that they left out your fries Chuck. Maybe you should complain the next time you go there. I enjoyed the vidoe and also the other video where you played the keyboard. You did a great job on it. Have a nice Sunday. Helen

garnett109 said...

great commercial
have a great sunday

kateh2ocolorart said...

Forwarded this blog and two utubes to family...they will enjoy as I did...especially your story about meeting John T., and your commercial for your journal.  Fun stuff...that Dave is really doing his thing to promote seniors!
Love, Kate

fisherkristina said...

Congrats on winning the "Weekly Sentence With Val" game!

Krissy :)

badge9408 said...

Stopped by for a visit, enjoyed my stop, I also live in a 'Old Folks Home",  and my wife hates it when I say that!!!!!