Granted, the weakest of the bunch. But can I really be blamed? ‘Tis September…
No one may care about them again until they break up or until the next season of The Bachelor begins, but Bachelorette Ali’s birthday celebration from Roberto last week included a cake presented on-air during her morning TV segment for Fox 5 San Diego, dinner at Nobu and champagne at the Hard Rock Café.
All in all, not a bad way to ring in 26. I just made plans to go to Atlantic City and try Bobby Flay Steak to, err, not ring in 26. Birthdays are good excuses to let yourself eat whatever you want or to try out a new place. And…we could have asked readers about their most memorable birthday cakes or meals?
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A McDonald’s Foursquare campaign in April upped foot traffic by one-third by offering $5 and $10 gift cards for check-ins.
I wrote a story about a Barbie Foursquare campaign a few months ago and that was the first time I ever played around with it. It’s interesting, but I haven’t gotten into it as much as Twitter or Facebook. Then again, I haven’t seen any $5 or $10 rewards anywhere on Foursquare…and the idea of a free meal would certainly be motivating.
There’s also an iPhone app called ShopKick that rewards “kickbucks” to users when they check in at various retailers –- including grocery stores (and big box stores) – in four major markets. Kickbucks can later be exchanged for gift cards and other rewards. And, according to the NYT, you don’t have to alert the world to your whereabouts with ShopKick.
Had I been given a green light, I argued this would have enabled us to ask readers if a comparable meal discount in exchange for a check-in would prompt them to eat at a particular location? Or if discount groceries would motivate them to try out ShopKick? Or if location-based anything, no matter what the reward, is off-limits? But, alas…
Granted, I hadn’t settled on a *precise* angle quite yet…but I still think this Time story about Harland Sanders is really interesting.
I probably would have used it as a hook to write something on other interesting little-known fast food facts. Alas, the world will never know…but I CAN still promote this super-interesting piece on the founder of KFC:
Did you know, for example, that he failed at over a dozen jobs?
And he really wore white suits every day — with a lighter jacket for the summer and a heavier one for winter?
And he drove a Cadillac with his face on it to promote his chicken?
And he once SHOT a man?
And that he was a lawyer and a real honorary Kentucky colonel?
Put *that* in your pipe and smoke it, Taco Bell.
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Wow — totally useless response from Lucky Brand Jeans regarding my defective purse.
Lucky, if you really wanted to piss me off, this is how to do it:
Thank you for contacting Lucky Brand.com. We are always interested in hearing from our customers!
We apologize for your experience with our product(s) and appreciate you bringing it to our attention. We assure you that this is not standard for our product(s). Unfortunately, we are unable to process refunds or exchanges for product(s) purchased in stores. At this time, we do not have a repair service available. Please contact our Store Customer Service for additional assistance at: 888-943-2653 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require a more urgent reply please call us TOLL FREE at 1-866-975-LUCK (5825), Sunday-Saturday 7am-11pm CST or email us at email@example.com. Thank you for contacting LuckyBrand.com. Sincerely, Lucky Brand Customer Care
1. I don’t think you can say that “this is not standard for our product(s)” as this Macy’s review clearly mentions that there is a problem with the handles. I am not alone.
2. No refunds, exchanges or repair services? In other words, nothing? Buyer beware? This does not inspire confidence.
3. An automated response? My complaint is not worthy of the attention of an actual human being? Sheesh.
I loved my first Lucky purse, but between the crappy handle and the crappy customer service response, I’m done. I wrote Consumerist, too. They may not publish anything, but at least I’ve done my part to warn the world of Lucky’s shoddy craftsmanship!
PS: I found a Fossil bag I like very much. I think it will be my new signature bag…