Sunday, March 29, 2009

KFC Wants to Help Patch the Nation's Potholes

But the city of Chicago says "No thanks."
Chicago Tribune -- The fast-food chain has sent off a letter to the nation's mayors, offering to patch their potholes for free. The company will leave behind a stenciled brand on the patch informing people the road has been "Re-Freshed by KFC."

"In honor of our "Fresh Tastes Best" campaign, we want to come and Re-"Fresh" your roads!" KFC president Roger Eaton says in the letter. "Every patched pothole comes with the Colonel's very own stamp of approval (see picture above)."

Everybody needs a little KFC. But maybe not Chicago. But Brian Steele, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation, which is charged with repairing the city's potholes, said "We don't allow any type of printing or advertising placed on a city street or sidewalk."

HT: Sanil Kori and
Marginal Revolution

6 Comments:

At 3/29/2009 5:17 PM, Anonymous Dr. T said...

"We don't allow any type of printing or advertising placed on a city street or sidewalk."

...We'd rather have someone break an axle or swerve into oncoming traffic than see an ad placed over a repaired pothole. Besides, KFC's special pothole-filling recipe might not meet our stringent standards that require asphalt patches to buckle and crack within 12 months and fall apart completely within 18 months. (How else can we keep hundreds of people on the city road repair crews?)

 
At 3/29/2009 7:42 PM, Blogger Mia said...

No, they'd rather have the taxpayers pay for it. I'm sure they'll find some towns somewhere to take them up on their offer.

 
At 3/29/2009 7:47 PM, Anonymous Ralph Short said...

Well said Dr. T,

Government at work, and we will see more of their tireless efforts to improve all facets of our lives. Why heck, the white house now determines who is the CEO of cos. based on the latest from GM.

I sincerely appreciate the fact that lawyers, bureaucrats and other flunkies who never made a dam thing in their entire lives will now direct the manufacturing sector. What a relief that is.

 
At 3/30/2009 12:24 AM, Blogger 1 said...

"We'd rather have someone break an axle or swerve into oncoming traffic than see an ad placed over a repaired pothole"...

Oh come on now Dr. T!

It isn't nice to try to cut off a revenue stream for the socialists running Chicago... They'll just whine and throw tantrums...:-)

 
At 3/30/2009 12:20 PM, Blogger Marko said...

This would be just like the government running a TV station and saying they don't accept advertising, they would rather rely on government money. Wouldn't that be like the dumbest thing you ever heard. Wait . . .

 
At 3/30/2009 5:10 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

To be fair Ralph, the government only gets to determine who the CEOs of nearly bankrupt companies are.

If you don't want gub'mint interference, don't take gub'mint handouts.

 

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