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Greatest Shoplifter Ever?


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 29, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime, Retailing, 1980's

Car Vending Machine

Thousands of dollars to buy a car, hundreds more to travel to the location, picking up your new car from a vending machine priceless.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Nov 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Retailing, Transportation

The Front Line:  Supermarket Checker

Soldiers in the war on shoppers! I mean, soldiers helping shoppers!

Look at how much more intelligence was needed for this job then, compared to this age of scanners and credit cards.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Food, Work and Vocational Training, Retailing, 1960's

Party At Kroger

Kroger is expanding the number of stores that offer craft beer on tap for tasting and for sale in growlers, like the ones pictured above. Now cops can start setting up DUI checkpoints up the street from the local grocery store.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Aug 31, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Retailing, Alcohol

Genitalia Vandalism

Genitalia vandalism, the funniest phrase I have ever seen, is how they refer to someone going through an Ikea drawing penises on everything, in Denmark. Not the first definition I'd have thought of but it works. Also, no, it was not some kid who was bored while mom shopped. A 31 year old grown man went through an Ikea and drew 30 penises on various items in the store. Bet his Mama is proud.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 25, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Stupid Criminals, Retailing, Genitals

Rampaging Bible Seller

A Bible salesman who wouldn't take no for an answer.

Source: The Massillon Evening Independent - Nov 6, 1957
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 07, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Religion, Retailing, 1950's

Breaking Bad Toys

Toy'sR Us is going to carry Breaking Bad action figures and accessories which include bags of pretend crystal meth. I think the pretend crystal meth should be pop rocks!
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Oct 20, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Cult Figures and Artifacts, Drugs, Products, Retailing, Can't Possibly Be True

Frog Protection

It is always embarrassing when a credit card is declined, but one would imagine even more so when you are the leader of the free world. Good thing Michelle had his back. I guess he ordered the frog legs.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Oct 18, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Retailing, Couples, Goofs and Screw-ups

Follies of the Madmen #224

All the fake employee singing in the world could not save the Robert Hall chain from bankruptcy a mere 4 years after this commercial aired.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Retailing, Music, 1970's

Passion Lube Reviews


The latest outbreak of "Humorous Amazon Reviews" centers around the product depicted above.

I couldn't resist adding one of my own. Click for readability.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 15, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Sexuality, Retailing, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Internet
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