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Confuzed-Monkey
09-15-2006, 03:27 AM
If they have them, that is.

I must say that most of ours are pretty standard stuff.

But there is one lately that irritates me.

It is the one for Lowe's, where they have the guy, and he keeps getting asked about appliances. This isn't in the store, this is apparently during his off time.

The worst part is at the end,
AG - Appliance Guy
SN - Stupid Neighbor

AG - "Hey Mr. (blah), how are you.
SN - "Hey, do you know much about (blah)?"
AG - "Whatta ya wanna know." (slurred pretty bad)
SN - "EVERYTHING"

Plus, the guy seems happy about it.

Gimme a break, I hate getting asked stuff off the clock. Friends and family are a different story, but some random people in the neighborhood, ask me when i'm getting payed.:rant:

[ /\/\

PS. People think that because I work at Lowe's I love Nascar and/or Jimmie Johnson. That's hilarious.

--post your gripe--

BrassCowboy
09-15-2006, 04:03 AM
CVS used to have ads for the "ExtraBucks." They would show people opening their pill bottles and finding cash inside. This led many customers to believe that the "ExtraBucks" was just cash that we pulled out of the register and handed to them, when in reality, it was a coupon for "cash."

I have told many tales of horror regarding this subject.

Spiffy McMoron
09-15-2006, 05:08 AM
I really used to hate the Canadian Tire ads when I worked there-with the Canadian Tire Guy, the Canadian Tire Wife, the Canadian Tire Son, and several Canadian Tire Nephew's. Oh, how I pitied the Canadian Tire Neighbour...

But now the new ads are pretty good, I think-I really like the one where the two old guys are about to duke it out while helping their grandsons shop for hockey equipment.

Worker-Intellectual
09-15-2006, 05:08 AM
For anyone who lives in Canada, I'm sure you are familiar with the commercials that my place of employment makes (well, used to make... they finally found out that they were annoying and a national joke)

Speaking of our commercials being a national joke, lets see what Rick Mercer thinks of them:

http://www.cbc.ca/mercerreport/video_player.html?canvassizer
http://www.cbc.ca/mercerreport/video_player.html?canadian_tire

DerangedHermit
09-15-2006, 05:26 AM
Apparently, there's Stop and Shop commercials somewhere, as they've filmed a commercial for the company at the store I work at about a year ago.

They don't seem to air them in the NY Metro area for some strange reason, though. Too much money for the spots to air, or not enough stores in the metro area to care?

Ryu
09-15-2006, 01:14 PM
i work for a movie theater
the first commercial for their credit card... i hated it although i seemed to be one of the only ones that i knew that did

Primer
09-15-2006, 07:21 PM
The school I work for has been re-running the same commercials for as long as I can remember. *I* don't think it says much for a school to be "advertising" the same person taking the same classes for over 5 years....does't sound very successful to me...

Customer Beating Robot
09-16-2006, 02:12 AM
The worst part is when he pulls into his driveway and his neighbor wants to know some things about ice makers. The guy asks him what he wants to know. The neighbor says "everything." Lowe's is trying to encourage abuse of its employees. How many employees are pissed at the commercials? All of them.

And of course, they always get actors for those commercials. They never get real employees. It is always some guy that has never had to put up with a stupid question and obnoxious customers. He just sets foot on the set for a few hours and then never has to deal with again. It is disgusting. I would never work for a company that encourages harrassment of its employees. ("But the guy in the commercial is so friendly! You aren't being like the guy in the commerical!!")

Cyanocobalamin
09-16-2006, 03:10 AM
OK time to out myself. I work for Office Depot.

Our commercials aren't funny or entertaining. I assure that 99 percent of our stores don't look like they do in the commercials. Perhaps corporate headquarters, but not my scuffed-floor---overflowing-garbage-I-mean-recycle-bins---potholed-receiving-floor store.

lordlundar
09-16-2006, 03:42 AM
Our current "ask the expert" ones aren't bad, but the prior one(s) just stank. It was the exact same add with an annoying announcer saying the promo of the week overtop the actors talking. It was funny once, but after 4 months it was just plain bad.

I like the first ones from our rebranding, Especially the escalator catapult one. (sadly, we don't have an escalator where I work, or I probably would have rigged it like that.:devil: )

Knightmare
09-16-2006, 04:08 AM
Yeah, the Lowe's commercials aren't too bad. I'm glad we don't have to wear a uniform. I wear shorts and a t-shirt so no one knows where I work.

When I worked at RadioShack, we had uniforms. So when I was on lunch at the mall food court, I would get questions all the time about Shack Crap products.
SC: "Hey, I got a question, you have an answer!"
Me: "I'm off the clock. The store is down that way."

As for their current commercials with the big red chair... absolutely horrible! It was better when they had Howie and Terri and all the other "celebrities" doing the commercials. But we used to crack on those too.

The one commercial campaign that really stands out tho, are the old ones for Little Caesars. They always made me crack up.

Oh, and I hate commercials for small, locally owned companies. They almost always feature children - grandkids or the owner's small children talking on camera. "Buy my daddy's wawa. It tastes gweat!"

Ok, I got a little off topic there... sorry

repsac
09-16-2006, 04:24 AM
Don't forget Jeff Gordon. You have to love Jeff Gordon.

Confuzed-Monkey
09-16-2006, 04:35 AM
Exactly, one of the bad parts is that the guy has on a shirt with our logo on it. I can't afford them myself. I make decent money, but they are like 40 to 50 dollar a piece. Yeah Right.

Lowe's Name on it = $50,
K-mart generic same color = $5

And Knightmare, I know exactly what your talking about with the local Mom n' Pop stores doing commercials. I can't stand them, their not cute, just irritating. They might think their kids are cute, I don't. Back when I worked for a locally owned restaurant, our commercial was so bad we had to pull it because of all the complaints. I still don't know who's brilliant idea it was.


Keep em comin.
CM

Lace Neil Singer
09-16-2006, 02:30 PM
The star of every commercial that my supermarket does is someone I hate with all my stored up hatred. -___-

Myra
09-16-2006, 03:50 PM
I work for an indirect cellular store, but the company we sell, their commercials are either bland, or friggin awesome. Like the one we had during the Superbowl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ01sT7DOEE) made my freaking year. There's one with a bunch of guys badly dancing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9JSpVH7exY) in an office that cracks me up. There's one more about their GPS feature with a bunch of guys freaking out "Don't agitate the dots!" that's freaking hilarious, but I cannot find it on YouTube.

If someone here works for Honda and doesn't talk about the crab (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUm9X6e47qU), then seriously. You have no sense of humor! :p

El Barto
09-16-2006, 05:21 PM
I work for an indirect cellular store, but the company we sell, their commercials are either bland, or friggin awesome. Like the one we had during the Superbowl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ01sT7DOEE) made my freaking year. There's one with a bunch of guys badly dancing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9JSpVH7exY) in an office that cracks me up. There's one more about their GPS feature with a bunch of guys freaking out "Don't agitate the dots!" that's freaking hilarious, but I cannot find it on YouTube.

If someone here works for Honda and doesn't talk about the crab (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUm9X6e47qU), then seriously. You have no sense of humor! :p

The "Dont agitate the dots" commercial is great.

I never had the problem BrassCowboy did with the ExtraBucks commercials. They never showed them a lot in my area. I like the new CVS commercials with the Pharmacists talking about what they do to help people. The 2 pharmacists in my store will do whatever it takes to help people, and it doesnt have anything to do with the front store, so people cant get confused by watching them then come in and bitch at me. :D

DGoddessChardonnay
09-17-2006, 01:52 AM
I'll say this much about the commercials for the Kitty . . . if I hear the theme from "The Andy Griffith Show" one more time, I'm going to scream bloody murder. Just. Plain. Irritatating.

And while we're on the subject of coming out, I work for a grocery chain known as Food Lion:ashamed:

Antisocial_Worker
09-17-2006, 03:19 AM
And Knightmare, I know exactly what your talking about with the local Mom n' Pop stores doing commercials. I can't stand them, their not cute, just irritating. They might think their kids are cute, I don't.

As we are both treacherous Western North Carolinians, you'll recognize this one, I'm sure...

Leicester Carpet Sales (or, as the children in the commercial say, "Lestha Cawpeh Salls!")... You can even hear the adults giggling from the sheer unadulterated cuteness of the whole thing.

Not as bad as the Rug and Home Decor lady, though. Someone needs to start dosing her morning Grape Nuts with Valium. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to get that excited over Oriental rugs.

Oh and also... which restaurant? Sitting here in a hotel lobby for up to 16 hours a day, as you can imagine, I watch a lot of TV. A local restaurant commercial worth hitting the carpet and writhing until your spine snaps about isn't coming to mind.

Gravekeeper
09-17-2006, 10:19 AM
I cry a little inside whenever I see a TV commercial or hear a radio ad for one of my company's clients because I know I'm about to suffer a call spike of twits if I'm at work. If I'm at home I say a little prayer for my coworkers.

Primer
09-17-2006, 09:50 PM
"Buy my daddy's wawa. It tastes gweat!"

ok, am I the only one visualizing this child, after dark, in the city's, erm..."red light district"...??

norrina
09-17-2006, 10:22 PM
As we are both treacherous Western North Carolinians, you'll recognize this one, I'm sure...

Leicester Carpet Sales (or, as the children in the commercial say, "Lestha Cawpeh Salls!")... You can even hear the adults giggling from the sheer unadulterated cuteness of the whole thing.

Not as bad as the Rug and Home Decor lady, though. Someone needs to start dosing her morning Grape Nuts with Valium. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to get that excited over Oriental rugs.

Oh and also... which restaurant? Sitting here in a hotel lobby for up to 16 hours a day, as you can imagine, I watch a lot of TV. A local restaurant commercial worth hitting the carpet and writhing until your spine snaps about isn't coming to mind.

Oooh, I am soooo glad I don't have cable TV here. I don't even know what/where Rug and Home Decor is, actually - sounds like this is a good thing.

Antisocial_Worker
09-18-2006, 12:36 AM
Oooh, I am soooo glad I don't have cable TV here. I don't even know what/where Rug and Home Decor is, actually - sounds like this is a good thing.

You've never seen the Rug and Home Decor lady in action? I can't believe it! She's the single most detested element of Asheville-area TV, and they show the commercials on WLOS all the time! She even got written about in the paper.

She loves her job. Way too much. She loves the rugs she gets to work with at her job. Way too much. She thinks you should love the rugs.

Way too much.

Brighid45
09-18-2006, 12:40 AM
When I worked at the security call center we used to laugh our butts off at the company commercial, which featured a state of the art center with soft user-friendly lighting,oversized high-def monitors everywhere, a manager hovering over every operator's shoulder offering truly helpful advice, and computers so fast they practically gave the information required before it was asked for. Sitting under harsh fluorescent lights on broken chairs at delapidated dirty desks, using computers with chisels hanging by the screens, saddled with managers who would disappear for most of the night or refuse to answer questions with any reply other than "go by the book!" . . . Um, yeah. :wave: