You gotta admire Burger King’s chutzpah. Its ad for the new BK Super Seven Incher, as you can see, is about as over-the-top as it gets. Anyone care for a BJ with their BK? The copy at the bottom of the ad was clearly penned by someone who’d rather be writing for Penthouse Forum. “Fill your desire for something long, juicy and flame-grilled with the new BK Super Seven Incher. Yearn for more after you taste the mind-blowing burger that comes with a single beef patty, topped with American cheese, crispy onions and A1 Thick & Hearty Steak Sauce.” Upon further investigation, we discovered that this poster appears in Singapore only. Surely, some cheeky copywriter is in for a caning.
Lifeline for auto dealers? Desperate auto dealers and equally desperate politicians are hoping to drive home legislation that would force U.S. carmakers to honor their franchise agreements with independent dealers, according to this report. The bill, called the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act of 2009, would preserve franchise agreements that took effect before Chrysler and GM went bankrupt. And maybe this bill could magically get people to start buying American cars again. Nope, didn’t think so.
Frivolous lawsuit or just plain cheesy? NPC International, a major Pizza Hut franchisee with some 1,150 restaurants across 28 states, has been slapped with a lawsuit. The class action suit claims that NPC violated labor laws by failing to pay minimum wage stemming from their refusal “to adequately reimburse drivers for automobile costs and other job-related expenses.” The lawsuit also alleges NPC failed to reimburse delivery drivers for “cell phone charges incurred for job-related purposes, uniform purchases including pants and shoes, dry cleaning and laundering services.” Dry cleaning? The pizza guys we know don’t even shower, let alone get their pants pressed.
Hunks have a heart. College Hunks Hauling Junk, a junk removal company with more than 15 franchises nationwide, refuses to profit from the mortgage meltdown. Recently, the company’s San Francisco franchise was hired by a bank to help with evictions. The sensitive Hunks had to pile up furniture while desperate residents were kicked to the curb by the sheriff’s office. But this didn’t sit well with the emotional men. “They said: ‘Hey man, this sucks,'” owner and founder Omar Soliman told the San Francisco Chronicle. “They had to move someone’s baby crib out on the street.” The hunks have since turned down 15 eviction jobs.