My wife got a great shot of our cat Butterscotch in the Christmas tree. I know some amusing people. Let’s have a caption contest in the comments!
I got some funny ones too, but Bethany‘s shot takes the cake:
I sent this to DFW via their contact form…
I wanted to write to let you know that my wife & I had an excellent experience with store manager Matt Walker at DFW in Pittsburgh earlier this evening. We left a Value City nearby wholly disgusted with their salesperson, and our experience at DFW was such a great relief.
I blogged about my experience here: http://wp.me/pwqzc-y2
Please pass my praise on to Matt and his boss. I hope that such excellent service is rewarded!
Thank you for your time,
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(Contents of my blog below for your convenience…)
…and got this back:
From: Andrew Robinson <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, April 25, 2011 8:11:15 AM
Subject: Re: Contact Form
Eric. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. We hope you don’t mind, but we have posted a link to your blog on our Facebook page.
PS. We are giving away a FREE sectional on our facebook fan page. http://www.facebook.com/DFWFurniture#!/DFWFurniture?sk=app_121121694568521 just “like” DFW to enter….On Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 1:41 AM, CustomerSupport <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Here’s the post in question… if you follow, them please “Like” it or leave a comment: http://www.facebook.com/DFWFurniture/posts/110773852342054
Even better, Bethany’s on their email list, and this was in her inbox today: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=66b31c192a78cb1962439b620&id=58954895aa&e=fed37b6f6a
Just part of the email…
…but we want to encourage feedback and interaction from the community on Facebook.
Example : The recent story from Eric in Pittsburgh about his shopping experience at Value City Furniture vs. DFW Furniture in Pittsburgh.
We realize that advertising is always SUSPECT…But customer testimonials are PRICELESS… and credible.
How awesome is that?! I’m famous! Ha ha.
In all fairness, Value City did indeed reach out in the comments of the original blog, and as requested… I did follow-up:
From: Eric Carroll
Sent: Mon, April 25, 2011
Subject: Blog about couch buyin experience…
Hello Mr. Snipes,
I’m responding to your comment on my blog. I’m not sure what else you would need detail-wise, or any way of resolving anything. Did you first read about my blog through your submission form? I don’t really have any other details then what I expressed in my blog. What else would you be looking for, exactly?
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And, this was the response:
To: Eric Carroll
Sent: Tue, April 26, 2011
Subject: Re: Blog about couch buying experience…
I just wanted to make sure to reach out to you regarding your experience in the store. I apologize for your experience with one of our sales people. I will be in contact with store management in order to address your concerns. I am glad that you found furniture that you are happy with, it is just unfortunate that you were not able to so with our store.
If you need anything going forward, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for your time
American Signature Inc.
Customer Service Coordinator
Again, there’s not too much to do at this point, is there? Although, they did have some cool pop-bottle looking bar-stools there…
Heh. Twitter is also a powerful tool:
I know “allergyism” isn’t a word, but it ought to be. I haven’t blogged directly about food allergies in a while. In this case, I don’t even really feel the need to rant. It’s done with a touch more class by the people at AllergyEats, so I just wanted to share a link to their blog, along with a few excerpts…
…how do I handle a wait person’s rudeness when he or she tries to belittle my request in a loud enough voice to catch the attention of the rest of my dinner companions? (“Oh, it only has a little butter – what’s the worst that can happen?”)
“Bottom line: if you have a sensitive allergy that will send you to the hospital or kill you, don’t eat out.”
Yes. We should also be chained in the basement, not fed after midnight, kept out of bright light and not allowed to get wet.
“Allergens are proteins. People are not allergic to potatoes and tomatoes. This is just neurosis.”
Would you like to speak with my Allergist?
Making people feel special through this kind of a**-kissing is one of the services that a restaurant can provide to people who need it, but it’s not a service that I want to provide… Some people tell me that they’re deathly allergic to something and that I have to make sure it’s not in their food. I kick them out. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone’s life-or-death situation. I tell them they should go eat at a hospital.
That guy is an assclown.
So far, Troy is the only one to reply. While Troy’s submission is a valiant effort, I’d like to see more.
This is my second request, in which I will simultaneously be more stern in my request, and shamelessly plead for your participation. I know you’re out there reading. I hear things. I see traffic. I get notes/comments on other sites. I get comments here. Let’s pull it all together here, shall we?
This is what I need: I’d like a chart, graph, illustration, photos of a diorama, cartoon, audio recording, video, whatever you want to create… depicting the “whole new level” of snacking noted in this letter. Is it a top level? A side level? A hidden level? A secret level? A low level? You can even use some of my past McDonald’s-related posts for inspiration. Is the McGangBang on the map? Does snack level have a correlation with restroom cleanliness? Is the ketchup station a mess? Does Heinz’s opinion count?
Here’s what you get: Bragging rights. Well, that, and one of my “Be Our Guest” Cards that entitles you to a free Mac Snack Wrap. Why only one? Well, because I already used one… and really, do you need more than one Mac Snack Wrap? Plus, the letter suggested that I share one… so I am. Also, it gives me a twisted sense of satisfaction knowing that McDonald’s is (albeit indirectly) sponsoring their own ridicule.
How do we decide who wins? Well, again, this depends on you… the readers. I believe that I have the option to put up a poll… so once all submissions are in, the voting will go on for a week or so.
How it will go down: Let’s give it to Friday, Feb. 5th, 2010 to get submissions in to me. We’ll vote the following week, closing & announcing a winner on Friday, Feb. 12th. You’ll have your free Mac Snack Wrap just in time for Valentine’s Day… so you can show someone you love how cheap you are. You can get submissions to me by leaving them in the comments here (if you’re ‘net-savvy) or you can email them to email@example.com.
So, we’re all clear on this, right?
Heh. Stats are amusing to me. I love relatively useless information, and I love that they’re built in to WordPress. I don’t even have to do anything. They’re just… there.
First off, thanks to all the readers, posters, and all 3 or 4 people brave enough to comment here on the blog. I really dig comments.
You can see over the weeks, the views have been up & down each day, generally according to whatever was posted that day… but steadily over the weeks, the number of views has climbed. (That last drop is because it’s meed-week, I believe…)
Apparently, the goofy emails go over better than the other stuff. I’ll have to try some more of that… but this is really my only outlet for anything, so it may stay a mixed bag for a while.
Not only are the graphs funny to look at, but I can tell what people have been reading…
Apparently the shortcodes are still a problem with Sprint. Wonder why this isn’t a news story yet? Others are wondering why they can’t get Yeungling Lager Sauce any more. Me too. People are still inquisitive about Quiznos, Kmart, Wendy’s, and apparently a naked Asian Mrs. Claus. I hope any of you that landed here randomly were amused, apologies for the lack of naked Asian Santa’s wife.
This is what you’ve been reading recently…
So, the Data vs. C-3PO thing was read (or at least clicked on) a lot… No real interest, or just nothing to say about it? Subway is still apparently amusing. Still haven’t heard anything further from Quiznos once I let them know that I had a blog, and the allergy amigos must not find alliteration amusing.
Here are the URL’s if you missed any of the stuff the 1st time and want to read it now…
Title Views Data vs. C-3PO? 6 Sprint, Shortcodes, SMS, Service, & 4 Wendy’s in Dormont (Pittsburgh, PA) – W. 2 Allergies, Alliteration, and Annoyance. 2 Think of the Kmart employees this holida 1 So, we have a response from Subway! 1 Stuffing Recipe – Thanksgiving 2009 1 The Yuengling Sauce and the LaChoy Teriy 1 If we’re keeping score, that’s Subway 1 1 Mellon Arena – Customer Service WIN. 1
Title Views Data vs. C-3PO? 40 The Creepy Mrs. Claus 3 The Yuengling Sauce and the LaChoy Teriy 2 If we’re keeping score, that’s Subway 1 2 Mellon Arena – Customer Service WIN. 1 The Quiznos Toasty Torpedo™ and the dimi 1 Stuffing Recipe – Thanksgiving 2009 1 Impressive. 1 Think of the Kmart employees this holida 1 Sprint, Shortcodes, SMS, Service, & 1
At any rate, thanks for reading!