Monika’s Musings

miscellaneous tidbits on marketing, advertising, and life in general

Normal people don’t do that

April5

As the weather is nice and cozy and my thoughts drift to the Sicily seaside where I plan to go this summer, I remembered a funny story which should start with a disclaimer: I work at a bank (although, I normally avoid admitting this fact).

So, last summer I was making reservations for a hotel at the beach. Amongst my friends we figured that I will transfer the deposit, since it is easier for me (see the disclaimer above). So I talked to the hotel, we agreed on a 30% deposit, I wired it and that was that.

The vacation was short, but absolutely lovely. The last day, we go to check out and pay for our stay. The receptionist looks quite bewildered as she’s looking at our bills so I ask what the matter is.

- I am just trying to understand what happened with the deposit – she says.

- Something wrong? I ask.

- It’s just … the amount is really weird, she replies. I remember it being something like 96 EUR and 27 cents. At this point I honestly have no idea what she’s talking about and confirm that they asked for 30% and that’s what I transferred.

- Well, see, normal people don’t do that – she explains. They just round off the amount to the next whole number.

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Словоред му е майката

July25

От няколко дни из БГ ефира се върти една родна реклама на бисквитки. На пакшота се изписва (а и дикторският глас го изговаря, в случай, че някой пропусне): Мечето, което обича да яде детето”.

Съвсем сериозно.

Не чух името на продукта, но Веско (който по принцип има алергия от мечки и когото отдавна юркам да си направи Beware of the Bear blog) предположи “Бисквити Детски страх” с brand extension ”Вафлички Кошмар”. Всичко това на фабрика “Разгром”.

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Souvenir FAIL

April20

Two weeks ago I bought a souvenir from London.

It looks like a teapot:

lookslikeateapot

It feels like a teapot:

feelslikeateapot

But is it a teapot???

isitateapot

Nah! See, the genius who designed the teapot forgot to drill a little hole for the liquid to flow out.

Best paper weight I ever bought!

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