Friday, May 08, 2009
6723: The Rain Check Is In The Mail.
Grilling the news in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• KFC is still reeling from mobs seeking free grilled chicken, thanks to downloadable coupons that were available on Oprah’s website. The fast feeder is mailing rain checks to customers denied the freebies when restaurants ran out of chicken. KFC needs to unthink its marketing promotions.
• Maryland became the first state to protect the homeless under hate-crime laws. Violent acts against homeless people have become more common, according to advocacy groups. The economy isn’t helping matters, as more Americans might find themselves struggling with poverty and homelessness. But hey, they can get rain checks for free grilled chicken at KFC.
• Toyota reported 1Q losses at $7.7 billion, creating its worst fiscal year since being founded in 1937. Oh, what a feeling.
• General Motors’ latest restructuring plan calls for more cars to be built overseas. Nice. Taxpayers will provide bailout money to a company that proposes moving jobs to other countries. Oh, what a feeling.