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Guy Paid Stranger's Parking Meter And Everyone Thinks He's A Genius

A car insurance salesman took a twenty-five cent gamble that is paying off in a huge way. A Reddit user posted an image of a note he found on his car reading, "I paid your parking meter for you ... imagine what else I'm willing to do to protect your car." Attached was a business card for a man who was identified as Andrew Cooney, who sells insurance in Rochester, Minnesota.

Marketing mastermind

The poster captioned the note, saying, "Got caught up and couldn't pay my meter today," and labeling Cooney as a "Marketing Mad Man." Cooney confirmed to Mashable that this is indeed one of his many strategies for attracting business, but he probably never thought it would lead to being on the front page of Reddit. The comments in Cooney's favor are wildly enthusiastic:

Comment from discussion Marketing Mad Man.
Comment from discussion Marketing Mad Man.

Though of course, there are plenty of suspicious people on Reddit, who were quick to suggest the whole thing is a scheme. I mean, it kinda is, but probably not one that Cooney thought would get THIS big:

Comment from discussion Marketing Mad Man.
Comment from discussion Marketing Mad Man.

If Cooney did post this image to Reddit himself, he's even more of a genius than we all initially thought. That's also a much cheaper form of advertising than going up and down Rochester's main street filling meters. My hat's off to him, either way.

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