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Thursday, September 14, 2006

We Cause Scenes

In the days of yore, I was a Best Buy employee. Many life lessons regarding business practices, corporate pressure, and management style were learned in those hallowed halls. A friend dropped me this link of people deciding to mess with the boys in blue and yellow.

They collected 80 people dressed in kakis and a royal blue polo. They then sent the 'agents' into a store with instructions.

Spread out and stand near the end of an aisle, facing away from the merchandise. Don't shop, but don't work either. If a customer comes up to you and asks you a question, be polite and help them if you know the answer. If anyone asks you if you work there, say no. If an employee asks you what you're doing, respond 'I'm waiting for my girlfriend/boyfriend who is shopping elsewhere in the store.'

A little bit of harmless mayhem that lasted about 40 minutes. Needless to say, the managers got pretty worried pretty quickly. The cops were called and odd legal arguments were made by people who aren’t lawyers. You can view the pictures and read the specifics here.

If you found that little bit of fun entertaining, check out their list of roughly 60 other 'missions'. This is a pretty good one on how to get Yankee Stadium to give you a standing ovation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was a group at KU that did something like this. They were all in a lecture, randomly stood up, and starting singing as though they were in a musical. Hilarious.

9/14/2006 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!!! I know exactly how the management would react. Like chickens with their heads cut off, they would be calling every district manager they could think of. None of them would come to the simplest conclusion....dun dun dun....make them all leave. One by one walk all of them to the door and tell them to not come back on penalty of tresspassing. But alas the managers probably were worried that they would miss out on sales that way.

9/15/2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Oh man, that is great. Total performance art, and hell, I bet they actually helped sell some product at the Best Buy. Lawrence needs something like this.

9/15/2006 10:27 AM  

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