Thursday, February 01, 2007

Boston bomb scare is just a bad advertising plan

Well I live and work in Boston so I encountered some of the delays because of this whole mess. Wednesday morning I was on the Orange Line train going to work when the transportation authorities had messages on the speakers saying that there was a "Police situation" at a stop so there would be some delays. This got me a little nervous as I did not know what was going on.

Then later on in the day I read online that the boxes that the police found were really just battery-operated ads that were placed around the city by the Cartoon Network trying to promote the TV show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." Apparently these ads were also placed in other major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

This whole situation caused a transportation mess in a busy city. Roads were closed, public transportation was stopped for a while, and now there is talk that Mayor Menino is going to try and take legal action against parent company Turner Broadcasting.

You can read more about this whole situation in an article on

Whoever's idea this was-they will probably be in trouble with the top honchos at Turner Broadcasting and maybe even in trouble with the law. Aren't people thinking? Since 9/11 there has been warnings to the public that if you see a suspicious box or package that you should report it. And the people who put these things out (even the people who thought of this "ad campaign" in the first place) didn't think of that? What were they thinking? Apparently they were not thinking, and now they'll probably be paying for it.

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