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.
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:
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:
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.
Growing up as a Muslim-Albanian family with very patriarchal ideas on the way a family is supposed to operate, my idea of what a father should be was a very "man's man" one.
He brings home the bacon, laughs maybe five times a year, and was really into Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorcese movies. Oh, and a Marlboro Red had to be perpetually hanging out the side of his mouth.
Fast forward years later and here I am, dadding it up, and I'm not that, like, at all. The manliest thing I probably do is hit the gym, bro, and not shave my chest hair. Other than that though, I'm nothing like the former generation of "guy's guys" that raised me. Which I'm totally cool with, because I'm already learning special hair braids to try out on my daughter once she gets older. Because her old man might be a North Jersey meathead, but he's going to be a meathead who doesn't mind having tea parties and getting his nails painted with his little girl.