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[Picture of Evil Build-a-Bear] I WAS IN A BUILD-A-BEAR SHOP RECENTLY, AND WAS GIVEN A FEW SURPRISES.

The first one to take my notice was a Build-a-Bear version of the evil genius, Darth Vader from Star Wars! Now I am not quite sure what it would mean for a child to select this bear from the others on offer. I may be an old fuddy-duddy, perhaps these days playing with the baddies is fashionable or popular.

Picture of a Wheelchair for a teddy bear]I then noticed that you could get your Build-a-Bear disabled! Yes; they do wheelchairs for the bears.

They also do spectacles and much more. It really is a revelation; I thought it was simply a shop that made and sold teddy bears and accessories.  Who knew?

It could be argued that a disabled child might like to have toys that were also disabled, but I am not so sure.[Picture of a teddy bear earing spectacles] I am not entirely convinced that able-bodied children would like to play with disabled toys, and if they were, it would certainly raise my eyebrows as much as if they wanted to cuddle up at night with Darth Vader. Call me old-fashioned, but I think things are still getting worse.

 

 

Leaf McDonalds

Mcdonald leafsPOOR SPELLING IS RIFE.

Things are getting worse. A walk around the city is always marred by signs and notices containing spelling errors and apostrophe abuse.

Bad education may explain hand-written errors, but we have always maintained that if a poster or notice is produced on a computer (irrespective of company size), it is not terribly difficult, nor too much to ask, to run a spell-check program.

When it comes to van livery, shop signage, and mass-produced marketing and advertising campaigns, then it is, we think, even more important to check and double check the work, especially if you are selling a service that claims to provide attention to detail. This site is full of examples where this has not happened.

With all this in mind, imagine getting it wrong on a grand scale — a large franchise’s make-over for all it’s branches. Something rolled-out across the country.

Imagine a place that attracts children, families, and which is trying to educate in its very décor.  This is happening with McDonalds.

Click on the image above to enlarge.

Looking at a pillar in a local restaurant, it is clear that McDonalds are trying to educate customers about their ingredients and philosophy. Note how they spell LEAVES.

Yes, they have a spelling mistake — “leafs”.

This fact was brought to my attention by a school child (aged about 7) who mentioned it to her mother.

Things are getting worse indeed.

Way of Life

[Picture of fan heater]I WAS TAKEN ABACK BY THE DISCOVERY OF A FAN HEATER IN MY LOCAL SHOPS.

It showed a fan heater, but described it as a “Way of Life”.

“It’s a way of Life”  [click on image to enlarge]

Since when has using an electric fan heater a “way of life”?

Really? This item is a consumer lifestyle choice? Ooo Things are really getting worse indeed.

Wine Madness

[Picture of wine shelves at supermarket]I WAS SURPRISED AT THE WINE SHELVES AT MY LOCAL SUPERMARKET RECENTLY.

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There were wines priced at £3.99, £4.09, £4.49, £4.69 and £4.99. So, basically we can say between £4 and £5. Fair enough. But what caught my eye was the £13.19 price tag.

This stopped me in my tracks.

Further investigation showed that this wine was priced at 225 cl. The others would be the usual 70cl wine bottle. This means that this wine would be just £4.10 for a 70cl bottle.  I have to admit that I could see no 225 cl bottle or boxes, so this must be some computer madness.

I wonder that the person putting on this ticket did not stop and think.  Things are definitely getting worse!

Don’t Buy Condoms

[Poster about Free condoms]WE WERE INTERESTED TO DISCOVER THAT CONDOMS COST NOTHING IF YOU LIVE IN GLASGOW.

All you have to do is pop along and pick up as many as you need. No questions asked. This seems to be an endeavour to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

[close up of condom poster - with information]What we found more interesting is that the posters for this are located in Gents’ toilets in pubs and restaurants – next to condom dispensing machines! (see also this post)

From what we have heard, chaps would still rather pay a few quid to get dispensed condoms in a toilet than get free ones – and this is a great surprise to us.

We always assumed that men would fall into two camps, those who use condoms and those who refuse to. It had not occurred to us that the condom user camp would be divided into those who would rather buy them and those who like freebies!

BBQ Wine

[Photo of barbi wine bottle]WINE LABELS AND NAMES THESE DAYS TRY TO ATTRACT A CERTAIN TYPE OF CUSTOMER.

I wonder who would buy Barbi wine?

Still, if you click on the image to enlarge it, you will see that the wine looks quite serious and not at all what one might expect from the name.  I wonder how it tastes? Perhaps it would go well with barbecue meats?

It could be that the family name of the wine producers is Barbi, in which case (excuse the pun), it would be unfortunate, particularly if they have daughters at school.

 

Soup Seasoning

[Picture of winter soup for summer]IT IS SUMMER, BUT THE WEATHER IS VERY WET.

How nice of the folks at Wholefoods to offer us Winter Minestrone Soup for “quick Summer suppers”.

Yeah, thanks for that!

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