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(WTAE)   BMW dealership erects billboard with a mannequin sitting atop the giant sign, resulting in a daily flood of calls to the local police station   (wtae.com) divider line 49
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2013-07-11 01:07:21 AM  
"Erects" heh hehe heheh
 
2013-07-11 01:07:29 AM  
so people stopped and looked at the billboard?

so it worked
 
2013-07-11 01:08:09 AM  
A BMW dealership in CT has been doing this for years.
 adweek.blogs.com
 
2013-07-11 01:08:50 AM  
The prick's on the inside.
 
2013-07-11 01:10:34 AM  
Down in CA they have more fun with billboards:

graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-07-11 01:13:24 AM  
Doesn't this happen every 6 months or so? And the 911 calls and the article seem like part of the marketing. The owner of the dealership is probably the one that called the press "You wouldn't believe what's happening over here, yeah we're going to have to go ahead and take it down" yeah sure mmhm
 
2013-07-11 01:17:15 AM  
Granted, they could have these...

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-11 01:17:55 AM  
A spokesman for Jake Sweeney BMW said the dealership had decided to take down the mannequin after hearing about the 911 calls free extra publicity it provoked.
 
2013-07-11 01:17:56 AM  

RectalFury: Down in CA they have more fun with billboards:

[graphics8.nytimes.com image 480x289]


Ok that ones pretty farking entertaining.
 
2013-07-11 01:21:41 AM  
Yeah, that could be alarming. Maybe they should have made it look like something nobody would care if it jumped. Like a clown. Or a politician.
 
2013-07-11 01:22:30 AM  
"911, what's your emergency?"

"Sir, this arsehole dealership is doing the same farking promo, with the same mannequin on top of it; and I am tired of it making people think there's a potential suicidal person up there, can you do anything?"

"Yes sir, two police units are being sent to the dealership to arrest the management and one unit is on the way to the owner's house to arrest him for breach of the peace, it won't be a serious charge but it should scare them into thinking twice about doing this bullshait again."

"Thank you, so much, I mean it!"

"You're welcome sir, thank you for calling 911!"

/You can read this and more in my new book: "Things I wish really happened."

www.saturday-night-live.com
 
2013-07-11 01:27:16 AM  
An no one ever calls about those vandalising cows...
 
2013-07-11 01:33:52 AM  
people look at billboards?  I am too worried about mr no insurance driving next to me to look at billboards

/sadly not joking
 
2013-07-11 01:34:46 AM  
Macaulay Culkin is their marketing guy.
 
2013-07-11 01:34:47 AM  
Should put a manequin on top of a suicide hotline billboard, now thats trollin.
 
2013-07-11 01:35:09 AM  
Wanted for questioning
www.earwolf.com
 
2013-07-11 01:38:30 AM  
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-07-11 01:47:24 AM  

Heathen: people look at billboards?  I am too worried about mr no insurance driving next to me to look at billboards

/sadly not joking


I know right!

The electronic billboards are the worst, freaking giant TV screens, trying to draw your attention off the road.

/got rear ended by a distracted driver before, totaled my car.
 
2013-07-11 01:55:55 AM  
A favorite college mannequin trick: partially burying mannequin parts (sometimes annotated to make them look bleeding/decaying) in the mulch or melting snow just before the prospective students college tour would come past, and watching hilarity ensure when someone in the tour noticed a "body part".
 
2013-07-11 01:59:51 AM  

wombatsrus: A favorite college mannequin trick: partially burying mannequin parts (sometimes annotated to make them look bleeding/decaying) in the mulch or melting snow just before the prospective students college tour would come past, and watching hilarity ensure when someone in the tour noticed a "body part".


Why fake outwith mannequin parts.
 
2013-07-11 02:05:05 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Yeah, that could be alarming. Maybe they should have made it look like something nobody would care if it jumped. Like a clown. Or a politician.


Thay should give it a sniper rifle.
 
2013-07-11 02:05:14 AM  
Pete just needs some time to think up there. His parents just split up! Geez guys, just give him a break.
 
2013-07-11 02:16:25 AM  

Oldiron_79: wombatsrus: A favorite college mannequin trick: partially burying mannequin parts (sometimes annotated to make them look bleeding/decaying) in the mulch or melting snow just before the prospective students college tour would come past, and watching hilarity ensure when someone in the tour noticed a "body part".

Why fake outwith mannequin parts.


They were easier to get than real body parts. But we did have friends in the university medical school... but that's another story and I don't think the statue of limitations has expired yet.
 
2013-07-11 02:19:04 AM  

RectalFury: Down in CA they have more fun with billboards:

[graphics8.nytimes.com image 480x289]


Brilliant!
 
2013-07-11 02:29:18 AM  

wombatsrus: Oldiron_79: wombatsrus: A favorite college mannequin trick: partially burying mannequin parts (sometimes annotated to make them look bleeding/decaying) in the mulch or melting snow just before the prospective students college tour would come past, and watching hilarity ensure when someone in the tour noticed a "body part".

Why fake outwith mannequin parts.

They were easier to get than real body parts. But we did have friends in the university medical school... but that's another story and I don't think the statue of limitations has expired yet.


I know all about stories that you have to wait on the statute of limitations to expire to tell.
 
2013-07-11 02:57:38 AM  

RedVentrue: Gyrfalcon: Yeah, that could be alarming. Maybe they should have made it look like something nobody would care if it jumped. Like a clown. Or a politician.

Thay should give it a sniper rifle.


Apt
 
2013-07-11 03:02:38 AM  
Another bad location for an Antony Gormley* sculpture.

*Inspired by the Private Eye cartoon series parodying UK sculptor Antony Gormley, whose sculptures of men placed in odd locations (such as on building roofs and ledges) led to many false reports of suicidal people on roofs and ledges, etc. But, of course, a joke explained is a joke ruined. I should probably have just written to the Private Eye instead of assuming that a few Farkers are readers of that famous organ. Assuming makes an ass of U-Ming, whoever the Hell that is. No relation to the U-Ming Marine Transport Company.
 
2013-07-11 03:32:00 AM  

brantgoose: Another bad location for an Antony Gormley* sculpture.

*Inspired by the Private Eye cartoon series parodying UK sculptor Antony Gormley, whose sculptures of men placed in odd locations (such as on building roofs and ledges) led to many false reports of suicidal people on roofs and ledges, etc. But, of course, a joke explained is a joke ruined. I should probably have just written to the Private Eye instead of assuming that a few Farkers are readers of that famous organ. Assuming makes an ass of U-Ming, whoever the Hell that is. No relation to the U-Ming Marine Transport Company.


Is that like U-Mung?
 
2013-07-11 04:00:53 AM  

brantgoose: Another bad location for an Antony Gormley* sculpture.

*Inspired by the Private Eye cartoon series parodying UK sculptor Antony Gormley, whose sculptures of men placed in odd locations (such as on building roofs and ledges) led to many false reports of suicidal people on roofs and ledges, etc. But, of course, a joke explained is a joke ruined. I should probably have just written to the Private Eye instead of assuming that a few Farkers are readers of that famous organ. Assuming makes an ass of U-Ming, whoever the Hell that is. No relation to the U-Ming Marine Transport Company.


I take pains to avoid Ian Hislop's organ; he reminds me of Billy Quizboy from the Venture Bros.

/I do find him extremely funny, though.
 
2013-07-11 04:16:20 AM  
If you see something, say something.

/like, I don't know, "wtf?"
 
2013-07-11 04:51:21 AM  
www.imfdb.org

http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/e/e6/TremorM94a.jpg/800px-TremorM94 a .jpg
 
2013-07-11 05:29:54 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: brantgoose: Another bad location for an Antony Gormley* sculpture.

*Inspired by the Private Eye cartoon series parodying UK sculptor Antony Gormley, whose sculptures of men placed in odd locations (such as on building roofs and ledges) led to many false reports of suicidal people on roofs and ledges, etc. But, of course, a joke explained is a joke ruined. I should probably have just written to the Private Eye instead of assuming that a few Farkers are readers of that famous organ. Assuming makes an ass of U-Ming, whoever the Hell that is. No relation to the U-Ming Marine Transport Company.

I take pains to avoid Ian Hislop's organ; he reminds me of Billy Quizboy from the Venture Bros.

/I do find him extremely funny, though.


Private Eye is too clever for me, I have no clue what they're talking about half the time (probably shouldnt really admit that, should I)

Ian H is funny on HIGNFY though. Is that still on, other than ancient repeats on Dave?
 
2013-07-11 06:38:38 AM  
There's "retarded"
Then there's "Cincinnati Retarded"
Glad I moved away from that area.
 
2013-07-11 07:37:53 AM  
Proud to be in one of four states that outlaw billboards.  This is the only sign worth putting on a roadway

www.ridelust.com
 
2013-07-11 07:39:04 AM  

Heathen: people look at billboards?  I am too worried about mr no insurance driving next to me looking at billboardsto look at billboards

/sadly not joking


FTFY to give you more to worry about

/oh look a kitty
//let's squish it
 
2013-07-11 07:42:01 AM  

brantgoose: Assuming makes an ass of U-Ming, whoever the Hell that is


No, it makes an ass out of u and Ming.
 
2013-07-11 07:59:55 AM  

Creoena: Proud to be in one of four states that outlaw billboards.  This is the only sign worth putting on a roadway

[www.ridelust.com image 500x335]


I think that the state of Michigan get about $400 per year per sign. That's a lot of money for the states bureaucracy to control.
Mighty hard to take money away from a politician.
Anybody know what other states charge?
 
2013-07-11 08:09:44 AM  

i upped my meds-up yours: brantgoose: Assuming makes an ass of U-Ming, whoever the Hell that is

No, it makes an ass out of u and Ming.


www.movievillains.com

He's not amused.
 
2013-07-11 08:20:36 AM  

Creoena: Proud to be in one of four states that outlaw billboards.  This is the only sign worth putting on a roadway

[www.ridelust.com image 500x335]


pristine countryside?  say it ain't so
 
2013-07-11 08:20:56 AM  
guyism.com
 
2013-07-11 08:23:02 AM  
WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE COWS!
 
2013-07-11 08:27:07 AM  
www.bowers.org

the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!
 
2013-07-11 08:53:51 AM  

glmorrs1: [guyism.com image 390x664]


I must admit that I have to chuckle when I see the "no bollocks" adverts on TV in the US...
 
2013-07-11 09:21:29 AM  

believe the hype: Pete just needs some time to think up there. His parents just split up! Geez guys, just give him a break.


Yeah, don't worry about Pete till he gets in the boat with his brother Repete.
 
2013-07-11 09:37:57 AM  
It's in Cincinnati and it hasn't been shot at, yet?
 
2013-07-11 10:42:25 AM  
ltdanman44:
the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!

I'm pleased there are still people around who know that movie.
 
2013-07-11 10:59:33 AM  

strangeluck: Heathen: people look at billboards?  I am too worried about mr no insurance driving next to me to look at billboards

/sadly not joking

I know right!

The electronic billboards are the worst, freaking giant TV screens, trying to draw your attention off the road.

/got rear ended by a distracted driver before, totaled my car.


--  Reminds me of the time I slowed down to check out this hot chick.  Dude in front of me stopped.
 
2013-07-11 12:48:00 PM  
"Wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend..."
 
2013-07-11 09:36:34 PM  
They could put one of these up there.

i.imgur.com
Same effect.
 
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