Friday, April 19, 2013

Cold calling


If I recall correctly, this guy was waving at vehicles as they passed by in order to call attention to a laundromat in a small strip shopping center.  He wasn't having much luck.  Perhaps, however, when people need a laundromat they will remember this guy and bring their clothes in for a wash. 

It seems we are getting more and more of these "sales" people standing on street corners or in front of a business with a sign or flag or something to catch the attention of folks driving by.  Some of them dance a jig, contort their faces, jump up and down, and generally act like idiots.

I find them distracting and have often wondered how many people have crashed into a tree or another car while watching their antics.

20 comments:

Kay said...

They're called "sign spinners" around here. They mostly seem to sell pizza. And you don't see them much in winter.

Taken For Granted said...

That young man was trying to drum up some business for the Laundromat. Good for him. Perhaps he will help this business survive and prosper. I have seen people hired by tax and furniture stores dancing with signs. I just ignore them.

Small City Scenes said...

I used to wonder who would actually have a job like that or would even want to do it. But.....it is a job and somebody has to fill their shoes. MB

hamilton said...

I've only seen the ones for a certain $5 pizza place.
And often they are walking along texting with one hand and barely hanging on to the sign with the other. I want to go inside and tell the manager, but I'm not sure they care. And I'd probably walk out with a hot pizza.....

Kate said...

Have seen many of these people, and I usually smile and wave because it must be a terrible job and I'd like to lift their spirits.

Randy said...

So far we have a barber with big scissors, Lady Liberty with a tax form and a big hot dog. We'll if ever end?

Linda said...

I think it is less costly for people to "advertise" this way than by newspapers, radio or television. I don't drive so I can't speak on that level, as I take the bus (as far as how they distract drivers).

longbeachpeninsuladailyphoto said...

I once saw Batman standing on a street corner advertising Halloween costumes. Crime must have been low in Gotham City that afternoon.

Cezar and Léia said...

Never saw this kind of sign here in my city but I guess in Antwerp it can be found.
Léia

llandudnopictures said...

Distracting is the right word, someone waving or/and jumping up and down is bound to catch your eye when you're driving along!

JM said...

It doesn't happen here but, with unemployment reaching numbers never seen before, everything will be possible in days to come.

Birdman said...

When I see them in the streets, I'll make it a point to head to another spot.

Sharon said...

This is very similar to all the guys dressed as the statue of liberty here right before tax day. I wondered how many people are actually attracted to the tax preparation place because of some crazy guy dancing on the street in a turquoise robe and a crown.

Judy said...

We see them here all over town. It doesn't make me want to go into the business but at least the people are working and making some money.

magiceye said...

Can there be a law prohibiting them from selling the way they do considering they are a traffic hazard?

Karl Demetz said...

This kind of job is not permitted here,until now...

RedPat said...

They probably get paid a pittance.

Hilda said...

As long as they don't hurl themselves at cars, I think I prefer them than huge billboards (which Manila's highways are full of).

Pierre BOYER said...

I never seen such human advertising before I went to Florida...
Best regards,

Pierre

EG CameraGirl said...

One good thing about Ontario is we have WINTERS. COLD winters. Standing out on the street with signs during the winter months is not an option.

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