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2013-01-09 08:30:03 PM  
Well, obviously they haven't found the business yet.
 
2013-01-09 08:41:00 PM  
Located at the corner of San Felipe Street and Mountain Road, is advertising a sale with bargains up to 75 percent. Based on the signs, it appears the store is going out of business.

"Well it says out of business" shopper Dara Ferguson told News 13. A reporter asked her to read the sign carefully: It actually says "Going Out For Business."

"Oh, I didn't see that," Ferguson said. "It's covered by the wreath. It's kind of deceptive."


Riveting.
 
2013-01-09 09:12:32 PM  
In the video, the signs all read, "out for business" not "going out for business."

Stupid reporters.
 
2013-01-09 09:14:34 PM  
There's an ice cream store near me called 'Basket Rabbit'.  They do have a logo with Bugs Bunny in a basket, but their sign uses the same font and coloring as Baskin Robbin.  One sign even just says 'Bask   R bbi'
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-09 09:16:32 PM  
Where I live a rather long section of consumer protection law regulates the conduct of "going out of business" sales and any other sales that imply a cessation of business. You have to post a bond, give authorities an inventory ahead of time, and you can't go out of business more than once every two years.
 
2013-01-09 09:19:29 PM  
The police station nearby has this sign in the window:
 
2013-01-09 09:20:14 PM  
Goddamnit...

The police station nearby has this sign in the window:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-09 09:31:56 PM  
So, it's an ongoing preposition?
 
2013-01-09 09:46:20 PM  
They are trying to go out of business, but customers keep coming in and spending money.  Due to high demand they are forced to stay open just a few more days.  I applaud them for their heroic sacrifice to meet the customers needs.
 
2013-01-09 10:05:33 PM  
I guess everyone in that town is a helpless rube incapable of not going into a store because it has a sign like that? And once they go in, they just start buying sh*t without looking at the prices and comparing them to other places?

ZAZ: Where I live a rather long section of consumer protection law regulates the conduct of "going out of business" sales and any other sales that imply a cessation of business. You have to post a bond, give authorities an inventory ahead of time, and you can't go out of business more than once every two years.


The store isn't advertising a sale, though, they just have a sign that, for the poorly educated and unobservant, might lead people into thinking they're going out of business.
 
2013-01-09 11:46:30 PM  
This sounds like a job for the Consumerist.
 
2013-01-10 12:08:40 AM  

Sid_6.7: I guess everyone in that town is a helpless rube incapable of not going into a store because it has a sign like that? And once they go in, they just start buying sh*t without looking at the prices and comparing them to other places?

ZAZ: Where I live a rather long section of consumer protection law regulates the conduct of "going out of business" sales and any other sales that imply a cessation of business. You have to post a bond, give authorities an inventory ahead of time, and you can't go out of business more than once every two years.

The store isn't advertising a sale, though, they just have a sign that, for the poorly educated and unobservant, might lead people into thinking they're going out of business.


It's Albuquerque.  'Nuff said?
 
2013-01-10 12:15:34 AM  
Gong Out of Business.  Our gong just doesn't function anymore.  Our customers should be aware of that.
 
2013-01-10 02:38:17 AM  
There was a sandwich shop nearby that had a "Grand Opening" sign on it for years. Well, actually it was a Grand Re-Opening sign that mistakenly said "Re-Grand Opening".

This is not the place, but the wording on the sign is the same:

wordsplosion.com
 
2013-01-10 06:34:39 AM  
We all love the "Ric Romero reports" meme, but I'd really prefer it if it actually was the real Ric Romero.
 
2013-01-10 06:37:14 AM  
"How about we start a quarrel between neighboring businesses by getting one to bad mouth the other!?"

It's genius marketing that targets morons. I know it targets morons because actual people don't actually shop there in the first place. But it is genius and should be perfectly legal.
 
2013-01-10 06:41:43 AM  
Street walking Barbara don't know no shame.
 
2013-01-10 06:43:12 AM  
There is an asian buffet place I know that has people holding signs along the road that the place just opened when they are low on customers.
 
2013-01-10 06:45:48 AM  
What consumers fall for are the stores that actually HAVE gone out of business and liquidators have come in to empty out the stores.

They put up signs saying "30% off" and "80% off" and people pack the places trying to get what they think are deep discounts. In reality they are paying 30 to 80 percent off the MSRP which usually results in prices HIGHER than what the store (and neighboring competitors) originally sold it for at retail.

It's not illegal, but consumers are stupid in general because they assume the price is 30 to 80 percent off the price they used to be sold for. I don't recall seeing any news reports covering that.
 
2013-01-10 06:54:45 AM  
There's a furniture store near me that's been doing this as well. They went from EVERYTHING MUST GO to GOING OUT OF BUSINESS to FORCED TO SELL. The last one struck me as rather odd, since presumably nobody ever started a furniture store with the intent of not selling anything.
 
2013-01-10 06:58:37 AM  
I've never quite understood how some people think that making potential customers feel stupid is a "clever marketing ploy".
 
2013-01-10 06:59:26 AM  
It might be a little premature to start talking Pulitzer, but yeah, it's in the bag.
 
2013-01-10 07:00:39 AM  
"But you don't understand, Martha! This is their 'FINAL WEEK'! We might lose the chance to cash in on these big savings!"
 
2013-01-10 07:00:41 AM  
This makes me so mad I'm not going to comment.
 
2013-01-10 07:03:47 AM  
FTA: "Trying to get customers in," she said, explaining the sign. "We're going out for your business. I guess that's what it means."

Well, as even the act of writing and putting up the sign doesn't involve leaving the store, well...

www.themistermen.co.uk
 
2013-01-10 07:04:07 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Sid_6.7: I guess everyone in that town is a helpless rube incapable of not going into a store because it has a sign like that? And once they go in, they just start buying sh*t without looking at the prices and comparing them to other places?

ZAZ: Where I live a rather long section of consumer protection law regulates the conduct of "going out of business" sales and any other sales that imply a cessation of business. You have to post a bond, give authorities an inventory ahead of time, and you can't go out of business more than once every two years.

The store isn't advertising a sale, though, they just have a sign that, for the poorly educated and unobservant, might lead people into thinking they're going out of business.

It's Albuquerque.  'Nuff said?


Ouch. Where I live, there are entire industries which have been going out of business for as long as I can remember. We like to think in South Australia that we're not quite the same as the South of the USA but your post suggests we've got this badly wrong. And perhaps we have.
 
2013-01-10 07:09:55 AM  

LeroyB: What consumers fall for are the stores that actually HAVE gone out of business and liquidators have come in to empty out the stores.

They put up signs saying "30% off" and "80% off" and people pack the places trying to get what they think are deep discounts. In reality they are paying 30 to 80 percent off the MSRP which usually results in prices HIGHER than what the store (and neighboring competitors) originally sold it for at retail.

It's not illegal, but consumers are stupid in general because they assume the price is 30 to 80 percent off the price they used to be sold for. I don't recall seeing any news reports covering that.


When my local Blockbuster outlet finally went down for the count, they used this gimmick. Boxed sets and seasons of television shows were going for a lot higher price than before the sellout. I also noticed a lot of stuff from shuttered BB stores in neighboring states, so it was pretty obvious they'd moved it here and marked it up too. I saw the same thing when Movie Gallery folded as well. It seemed that bare-walled and stripped-to-the-fixtures atmosphere must have been conducive to spending as people were lining up to get rentals of Gilmore Girls and Bob The Builder at maybe a dollar or two less than just buying them new.
 
Skr
2013-01-10 07:10:59 AM  
Most of the Best Buy stores around my area have "GRAND OPENING" banners on the outside. The stores have been there for many years, all they did was move some end caps and aisles around. (Not even "re"opening on the sign as if they were temporarily closed.)
 
2013-01-10 07:13:06 AM  
It's just a front for a meth lab.
 
2013-01-10 07:14:40 AM  
Waaaaah! Someone has a better marketing idea than me. The government must make them stop!

/Lrn2marketing
 
2013-01-10 07:18:48 AM  
Is it a rug store?

/seriously, what is it with rug stores in Boston and this tactic? Has it ever worked? (Maybe on some college kids just moving to Brighton?)
 
2013-01-10 07:19:07 AM  
Hahaha we have one of these going on in Brookfield, WI with a furniture store. I swear like every summer they pull that nonsense and are out with the big "Going out of business" signs. I wish they really WOULD go out of business at this point as they are just annoying everyone.
 
2013-01-10 07:19:46 AM  
Just a sign. It good for business.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=oR8HDE 3qMHU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3 D oR8HDE3qMHU

(Zohan)
 
2013-01-10 07:23:54 AM  
ZAZ: Where I live a rather long section of consumer protection law regulates the conduct of "going out of business" sales and any other sales that imply a cessation of business. You have to post a bond, give authorities an inventory ahead of time, and you can't go out of business more than once every two years.

Because, you know, whether or not there is a sign that says "going out of business" should be a primary determinant of whether a customer decides whether to purchase a product placed before him at a given offered price.
 
2013-01-10 07:24:28 AM  
i6.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-10 07:24:32 AM  

swankywanky: Is it a rug store?

/seriously, what is it with rug stores in Boston and this tactic? Has it ever worked? (Maybe on some college kids just moving to Brighton?)


That was my first thought too. There are some around here that do this as well. I am surprised though, that it's not true. Any time I've ever been by them, there's never anyone in the place.
 
2013-01-10 07:27:07 AM  
There was a jewelry store near my house that had put signs up about once a year for 'going out of business' sales. Up to %75 off of inventory it hailed.

We would just roll our eyes at it.

Until the one year when were moderately surprised to see that the store did finally go out of business.
 
2013-01-10 07:48:23 AM  
Another scam are the Persian Rug sales supposedly being held for some bankruptcy proceeding. The notice is designed to look as if it was placed by a court. Maybe I am too cynical, and making a go of Persian rugs is just much harder than I imagine?
 
2013-01-10 07:48:31 AM  
There was a furniture store in Livonia Michigan that advertising a "going out of business sale" over seven years. A judge eventually ordered the store closed and the inventory auctioned off.
 
2013-01-10 07:51:29 AM  

Hoblit: There was a jewelry store near my house that had put signs up about once a year for 'going out of business' sales. Up to %75 off of inventory it hailed.

We would just roll our eyes at it.

Until the one year when were moderately surprised to see that the store did finally go out of business.


And then what?
 
2013-01-10 07:52:57 AM  
And then What?" - Mitch Mitchell

Then we had pie.
 
2013-01-10 07:54:18 AM  

The Madd Mann: There's a furniture store near me that's been doing this as well. They went from EVERYTHING MUST GO to GOING OUT OF BUSINESS to FORCED TO SELL. The last one struck me as rather odd, since presumably nobody ever started a furniture store with the intent of not selling anything.


Yes, but due to INVENTORY OVERSTOCKS the company must offer ROCK BOTTOM PRICES for THIS WEEKEND ONLY before they move to TOTAL LIQUIDATION that may or may not be EXTENDED JUST 3 DAYS. So HURRY DOWN before these DEALS DEALS DEALS go to PUBLIC AUCTION.

I'm pretty sure in Community College Advertising 101 they tell you that people are attracted to large buzzwords and rarely recognize when they're repeated by the same company for years or have absolutely no meaning. For the record, Community College Advertising 102 tells you how to cover your company's tracks and make it less obvious, but the class isn't required for the major.
 
2013-01-10 07:55:30 AM  
So what?  There's a furniture store in my home town that has a "going out of business" sale 3 months a year for the past 30 years.
 
2013-01-10 08:00:49 AM  

Roook: There's an ice cream store near me called 'Basket Rabbit'.  They do have a logo with Bugs Bunny in a basket, but their sign uses the same font and coloring as Baskin Robbin.  One sign even just says 'Bask   R bbi'


Kennedy Fried Chicken approves!
 
2013-01-10 08:11:56 AM  
Not really Fujigawa, has Sony guts...

/Only memorable part of that movie
 
2013-01-10 08:12:46 AM  
There's a furniture store in charlesron that used a structure fire that killed 9 firefighters as a cover to make "going out of business" believable.
 
2013-01-10 08:20:38 AM  
 
2013-01-10 08:21:28 AM  
Dammit Loaf... serves me right for linking to that lame movie.
 
2013-01-10 08:38:27 AM  
"All Must Go" furniture liquidators - with 1 suspiciously stellar review

Isn't *every* store "all must go"? I mean "Well, I'd like to sell you that, but I have to keep *something* in stock."
 
2013-01-10 08:43:04 AM  

LeroyB: What consumers fall for are the stores that actually HAVE gone out of business and liquidators have come in to empty out the stores.

They put up signs saying "30% off" and "80% off" and people pack the places trying to get what they think are deep discounts. In reality they are paying 30 to 80 percent off the MSRP which usually results in prices HIGHER than what the store (and neighboring competitors) originally sold it for at retail.

It's not illegal, but consumers are stupid in general because they assume the price is 30 to 80 percent off the price they used to be sold for. I don't recall seeing any news reports covering that.


I encountered this a few years ago when we changed my son's bed into a full size from a twin size. I built the bed itself, so modifying it took only a day, however I can't build a mattress. A local mattress store was 'liquidating', so we checked them out. They were busy and wanted close to $1000 for a 'cheap' mattress. We went down the road to a place that barely advertises and bought a mattress for less than $200. It's a basic top mattress, but it holds up to the abuse from a teen. I patronize the same two furniture stores and not who is advertising for good reason.
 
2013-01-10 09:02:48 AM  

The Madd Mann: There's a furniture store near me that's been doing this as well. They went from EVERYTHING MUST GO to GOING OUT OF BUSINESS to FORCED TO SELL. The last one struck me as rather odd, since presumably nobody ever started a furniture store with the intent of not selling anything.


Brubakers?
 
2013-01-10 09:07:42 AM  

JonnyG: "How about we start a quarrel between neighboring businesses by getting one to bad mouth the other!?"

It's genius marketing that targets morons. I know it targets morons because actual people don't actually shop there in the first place. But it is genius and should be perfectly legal.

TFA: The New Mexico Attorney General's Office said there could be a problem with a sign designed to mislead customers.


Seriously, if you can't read and comprehend such a simple canard, then your should never: Buy a house, a car, or sign up for credit cards. Caveat Emptor = Let the buyer beware.
 
2013-01-10 09:08:33 AM  
Just name your business, "Going out of Business."
 
2013-01-10 09:30:43 AM  
Why does anyone give a shiat?
 
2013-01-10 09:45:40 AM  
Years ago I lived in Laredo TX and there was a furniture business there that ran a commercial every Saturday night at midnight for a "Lost our lease, going out of business sale". I saw it the first time when I was 12 or 13 and it was still running when i moved away when I was 22.
 
2013-01-10 09:57:22 AM  
Anyone in Frederick, MD, should be familiar with Routzahn's. What is it with furniture stores? Anyways, they've been going out of business for 4 years running. Now they're "under new management", and running the same sales. They're also the ones that pay people to stand on corners with signs proclaiming the sale.
 
2013-01-10 09:59:44 AM  

Dwedit: We all love the "Ric Romero reports" meme, but I'd really prefer it if it actually was the real Ric Romero.


[Ahem]

THIS

 
2013-01-10 10:09:28 AM  

Mitch Mitchell: Hoblit: There was a jewelry store near my house that had put signs up about once a year for 'going out of business' sales. Up to %75 off of inventory it hailed.

We would just roll our eyes at it.

Until the one year when were moderately surprised to see that the store did finally go out of business.

And then what?


Apparently he fixes the cable.
 
2013-01-10 10:15:43 AM  
There's a store called "Galloping Goose" in Prescott, AZ that's been doing this since at least 1991*

*They may have finally taken the "going out of business" signs down; I haven't been back to Courthouse Plaza since 2003.
 
2013-01-10 10:33:02 AM  
back in my home town there was a furniture store that my earliest memory of it was its going out of business sale! It continued going out of business for 15 years or so, I think the City anexed the land from the county and city law said a story could only go out of business for 60 days.

The city I live in now used to have Persian Carpet stores that did the same thing. but the law changed and they can only do it for one thirty day period each two years. And they still do!
 
2013-01-10 10:38:29 AM  
When I was a kid, a neighbor owned a big local furniture store that was always advertising a "going out of business sale" too. I eventually asked them about it. They explained that some OTHER furniture store had gone out of business, and they'd bought up the remaining inventory for cheap (and presumably were passing the savings on to you). At the time, I still thought it was sneaky and shady, but to me that was a cool thing. Now I think it was probably total bs too, but have to respect anyone creatively parting fools from their money.
 
2013-01-10 10:54:53 AM  
i.ytimg.com

Surprised not referenced yet.
 
2013-01-10 11:27:42 AM  
It seems like most small businesses in NYC exist in one of two states - "Grand Opening" or "Closed for Renovations". No one ever goes "out of business".
 
2013-01-10 11:28:12 AM  
Ran into Ric at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday and offered to personally show him around our booth - since electronics can offer new features every year.

He's a true gentleman.

i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-10 11:42:42 AM  
These always piss me off:

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"selected items" - like smoke bombs and 12-year old ladyfinger firecrackers that are falling apart in the packaging.

assholes.
 
2013-01-10 11:52:28 AM  

swankywanky: Is it a rug store?

/seriously, what is it with rug stores in Boston and this tactic? Has it ever worked? (Maybe on some college kids just moving to Brighton?)


Roscoe's Oriental Rug Emporium uses the same tactic.

/man, Pat Cashman looks really young in that
 
2013-01-10 11:54:01 AM  

LesserEvil: These always piss me off:

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"selected items" - like smoke bombs and 12-year old ladyfinger firecrackers that are falling apart in the packaging.

assholes.


I found that with Boxing Day sales this year. The only things on sale in the store were thing nobody wanted to buy the first time round.

/also, hiking boots don't exist anymore
 
2013-01-10 12:01:06 PM  

beautifulbob: They are trying to go out of business, but customers keep coming in and spending money.  Due to high demand they are forced to stay open just a few more days.  I applaud them for their heroic sacrifice to meet the customers needs.


sounds like a Mr. Show skit
 
2013-01-10 12:15:06 PM  
Does their accountant also work fro the Federal Reserve?

DNRTFA
 
2013-01-10 12:22:31 PM  
Where's Larry Barker in all of this?

www.rmmonline.com

/outraged taxpayer
 
2013-01-10 12:23:49 PM  
CSB:
Went into a furniture store a few years back to price out some new bedroom furniture for our daughter. Since we weren't in a big rush, and we knew that the store is constantly advertising big sales, we figured we could wait. When we went into the store on their "Independence Day Sale, Everything 50% off!", we were shocked to be quoted a price about 25% higher than what we'd seen when we were there when no sale was being advertised.

All of the price signs had been replaced with handwritten "Retail Price" signs with big Xes than drawn over and the supposed "50%" price written below. I did some research and found that the same company manufactures the furniture, and thus it is never sold for their "Retail Price". It's always marked down some percentage. I filed a complaint with the BBB and soon got a call from the area general manager who gave me a deal on the set (25% off the original quoted price, plus free delivery and 0% financing) as well as a promise to provide the same deal on a living room set if I was in the market for one.
 
2013-01-10 12:33:50 PM  
PRINCESS FURNITURE HAS LOST HER LEASE!!!
 
2013-01-10 12:38:04 PM  
1. So they go in and harass the poor sales person who has nothing to do with it, and will now likely get fired
2. Not sure how that helps business anyhow. For every person who might stop in because it's "going out of business", there are probably more that don't go in, because why go to a store that is going out of business?? It doesn't say "SALE" or anything.
 
2013-01-10 01:12:14 PM  
Okay, first of all, take a look at that shiathole. If you are even in the SAME TOWN as a place that looks that bad, then you are too tarded for help in any case.

Secondly, think it's too expensive? Don't buy it. Works EVERY time.
 
2013-01-10 02:00:36 PM  

Bondith: swankywanky: Is it a rug store?

/seriously, what is it with rug stores in Boston and this tactic? Has it ever worked? (Maybe on some college kids just moving to Brighton?)

Roscoe's Oriental Rug Emporium uses the same tactic.

/man, Pat Cashman looks really young in that


dammit, I was just coming here to post that.

/never mind
//three businesses in Richmond along the same road have had 'going out of business' signs up for years
 
2013-01-10 02:04:09 PM  
I had a friend in college who's dad was in the Persian rug business. I was once joking about how a local persian rug shop had been going out of business for 5 years straight.

He stopped me and said "Actually, they really are going out of business. The way it works is that rug dealers buy and sell large collections of carpets as quickly as possible. They will buy $500k worth of inventory, lease a store for 30 days and try to sell it all off. They'll be in and out in a month and then the place gets leased to someone else that needs to sell off a big inventory."

Weird stuff. His dad made really good money doing this once or twice a year . . and buying and flipping used Mercedes. His house had persian carpets covering every square inch of floor - stacked 2 deep in many places. Even hallways were completely carpeted in dozens of smaller rugs.
 
2013-01-10 02:33:56 PM  
I hit the going out of business sale for The Great Indoors not long ago.  It was the first time I hit one of those sales with a price scanning app for my smartphone.  I had finally caught on that those sales are scams, but I wanted to see how bad.

Even at 75% off, most items were showing up as being cheaper elsewhere.  Didn't buy a thing.
 
2013-01-10 02:57:04 PM  
lack of warmth:
It's a basic top mattress, but it holds up to the abuse from a teen.

Semen-proof, huh?
 
2013-01-10 03:15:20 PM  

swankywanky: Is it a rug store?

/seriously, what is it with rug stores in Boston and this tactic? Has it ever worked? (Maybe on some college kids just moving to Brighton?)


In San Diego it was the same way. All the Rug stores were continuously going out of business.
 
2013-01-10 03:58:21 PM  
This thread may or may not have made me a more savvy consumer.
 
2013-01-10 04:30:20 PM  
offmymeds
Where's Larry Barker in all of this?



Not sure if this is up his alley.

/rarely watch 13
//got the hots for Marisa Maes & Shelly Ribando
 
2013-01-10 06:44:19 PM  
When I lived in the Bay Area in the 90s, half the shops in Chinatown were going out of business.

They are probably still going out of this business today.
 
2013-01-10 09:53:35 PM  

Aussie_As: Ouch. Where I live, there are entire industries which have been going out of business for as long as I can remember. We like to think in South Australia that we're not quite the same as the South of the USA but your post suggests we've got this badly wrong. And perhaps we have.


I'm just trying to help, not be pendantic here, but the "

It's based on what states were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and lots of other factors. New Mexico wasn't a state back then, so generally is not considered "Southern" in the sense that Americans use the term. New Mexico is also normally considered part of the "West" (typically meaning west of the Mississippi River), but is not part of the "West Coast".

I'm sure Australia has some similarly confusing distinctions somewhere.
 
2013-01-10 09:54:17 PM  
Jesus, way to screw those hyperlinks, Fark.

Just check South and Southwest on Wikipedia.
 
2013-01-10 11:51:55 PM  

Darkviking: [i6.photobucket.com image 850x478]


I love that show so hard.

"Gene, hide my legs."

"ON IT!"

I scared my cat laughing at that last week.
 
2013-01-11 04:33:45 AM  

Sid_6.7: Aussie_As: Ouch. Where I live, there are entire industries which have been going out of business for as long as I can remember. We like to think in South Australia that we're not quite the same as the South of the USA but your post suggests we've got this badly wrong. And perhaps we have.

I'm just trying to help, not be pendantic here, but the "

It's based on what states were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and lots of other factors. New Mexico wasn't a state back then, so generally is not considered "Southern" in the sense that Americans use the term. New Mexico is also normally considered part of the "West" (typically meaning west of the Mississippi River), but is not part of the "West Coast".

I'm sure Australia has some similarly confusing distinctions somewhere.


Well thanks for that. I've never actually visited your country but I suck down about 6 hours per day of your television and really love your culture (although am mildly scared by it too) and love being educated about it. I think my reference to the south came from earlier posts though, so it's not just me benefiting from this correction.

Australia does have similarly confusing distinctions: I live in the state which, perhaps along with Tasmania, cops more shiat from the other states about being backwards and insignificant than the others despite our (and arguably also Tasmania's) lifestyle being the envy of much of the world (as long as you don't want things to be too exciting/24-7/expensive but are happy with nice climates, great access to outstanding and affordable local produce, magnificent beaches/landscapes/wineries/rivers/forests/fishing/beer). The simple reality is Tasmania and South Australia have small populations and are easy targets for comedians etc who want to pick on someone without losing their main markets.

Plus admittedly both Tasmania and South Australia have low crime rates but unusually high numbers of really bizarre/newsworthy mass murders and serial killings within these low crime rates, which means we're usually in the news for entirely the wrong reason.
 
2013-01-11 08:06:44 AM  

Frantic Freddie: offmymeds
Where's Larry Barker in all of this?

Not sure if this is up his alley.

/rarely watch 13
//got the hots for Marisa Maes & Shelly Ribando


Yeah, I wouldn't mind wandering up their alleys, if you catch my meaning.

/if you get my drift
 
2013-01-11 12:43:22 PM  

Aussie_As: Sid_6.7: Aussie_As: Ouch. Where I live, there are entire industries which have been going out of business for as long as I can remember. We like to think in South Australia that we're not quite the same as the South of the USA but your post suggests we've got this badly wrong. And perhaps we have.

I'm just trying to help, not be pendantic here, but the "

It's based on what states were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and lots of other factors. New Mexico wasn't a state back then, so generally is not considered "Southern" in the sense that Americans use the term. New Mexico is also normally considered part of the "West" (typically meaning west of the Mississippi River), but is not part of the "West Coast".

I'm sure Australia has some similarly confusing distinctions somewhere.

Well thanks for that. I've never actually visited your country but I suck down about 6 hours per day of your television and really love your culture (although am mildly scared by it too) and love being educated about it. I think my reference to the south came from earlier posts though, so it's not just me benefiting from this correction.

Australia does have similarly confusing distinctions: I live in the state which, perhaps along with Tasmania, cops more shiat from the other states about being backwards and insignificant than the others despite our (and arguably also Tasmania's) lifestyle being the envy of much of the world (as long as you don't want things to be too exciting/24-7/expensive but are happy with nice climates, great access to outstanding and affordable local produce, magnificent beaches/landscapes/wineries/rivers/forests/fishing/beer). The simple reality is Tasmania and South Australia have small populations and are easy targets for comedians etc who want to pick on someone without losing their main markets.

Plus admittedly both Tasmania and South Australia have low crime rates but unusually high numbers of really bizarre/newsworthy mass murders and serial kill ...


I used to live in Queensland when I was 7-8, and I liked it there. It's only after I moved away and grew up that I started to realise that it's Australia's Alabama. I'm slightly less proud of being from there (Dad was born in Brisbane).
 
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