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Posts Tagged ‘meanies’

Bam-BOOO: More Bad Press for Pandas

Hate to break it to fans of the San Diego Zoo’s Pandacam, but those big guys are more overexposed than Macklemore.

Yes, we know that they’re adorable and majestic (which is kind of incredible, considering that they subsist on the Regina George “all carb” diet of bamboo followed by more bamboo and topped off with a little bamboo chaser). But Bloomberg‘s Timothy Lavin isn’t having any of it, and yesterday he wrote a piece titled “I Hate Pandas and You Should Too” to explain why.

See, Lavin doesn’t think everybody should get so excited about the National Zoo’s newest and cuddliest resident, because pandas are really just…marketing tools!!

That’s right.

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PR Fail: Applebee’s Fires Server Who Shared Obnoxious Tip-Free Receipt

Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant should be able to relate to this viral story: Last week a pastor at a St. Louis-area church took her congregation to dinner at Applebee’s after the service. Apparently unaware that 18% gratuities are standard practice for parties of six or more at every restaurant ever, the pastor refused to pay the total.

Even worse, she scrawled a note on the receipt explaining her decision. It read: “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18″. The understandably pissed server took a picture and a second waitress shared it on Reddit under the headline “My mistake sir, I’m sure Jesus will pay for my rent and groceries”.

Then things got a little crazy.

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PR Fail: Worst. Job Description. Ever.

Today in Horribly Offensive, Poorly Planned Metaphors: Crossroads Consulting, an “executive search firm and employment agency”, recently posted a job listing for a gig at one of the “fastest rising Public Relations firms in the New York New Jersey area”–and it should land someone in very hot water.

In describing the ideal candidate for a…damn, we can’t even really explain how bad this listing is. We’ll let the screenshot speak for itself. They key line comes at the end of the second paragraph:

Someone very wisely removed the listing,* but we’ll reprint the key line again for dramatic effect: Read more