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Wednesday, April 26, 2021

Just wondering: How do you come up with a group spanking session involving your entire sales team, and not expect to be sued over it?

Janet Orlando, 53, quit her job at the home security company Alarm One Inc. in Fresno and sued, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress.

Employees were paddled with rival companies’ yard signs as part of a contest that pitted sales teams against each other, according to court documents. The winners poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks.

“No reasonable middle-aged woman would want to be put up there before a group of young men, turned around to show her buttocks, get spanked and called abusive names, and told it was to increase sales and motivate employees,” her lawyer, Nicholas “Butch” Wagner, said in his closing argument.

Sounds like some gung-ho team leader OD’d on too many viewings of Animal House the night before. Next thing you know, someone’s going to frag Niedermeyer.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/26/2006 11:47:20 PM
Category: Business, Society
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I can’t believe this little tidbit wasn’t picked up by some news outlet. But it hasn’t, not even by Off Wing or Deadspin, so I think I’ll just make note of it here, for posterity:

After John Madden picked up his third goal in Monday’s 4-1 Devils victory over the Rangers, the Continental Airlines Arena crowd obligingly tossed their hats into the rink.

But one New Jersey fan, lacking a hat, did the next best thing — he pulled off his toupee and flung that onto the ice.

Luckily, OLN’s camera crew was on the spot to capture that funny moment. They also got a shot of the guy being handed back his rug after arena personnel scooped it up, along with all the caps. And of course, they interviewed him for a few seconds — if sacrificing your hair-helmet in a show of team support isn’t deserving of some camera time, I don’t know what is.

I’m going strictly by memory, so I don’t remember what the fan’s name was. But I thought it was a funny little playoff moment.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/26/2006 11:26:49 PM
Category: Hockey, TV
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That something called the Word of Mouth Marketing Association even exists seems like an anomaly. Isn’t word-of-mouth supposed to serve as a trusted counterinformation alternative to advertising and marketing messages, beyond the reach of media machines?

You’d think so, but you’d be wrong. Fact is, companies latched onto the idea of harnessing informal and unconventional consumer communications channels a long time ago. That this approach has become such standard practice that a professional association with high-profile members is deemed necessary tells you all you need to know.

And WOMMA is certainly cutting edge in its mission to broaden its namesake discipline. In addition to the usual white papers and networking events, it sports not just one, but two blogs. Talk about word-of-mouthing!

Yes, even running-of-the-mouth has been subverted. Think about that the next time you put stock in what some relatable schmuck is recommending.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/26/2006 11:05:08 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Society
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