Little Victories

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I love fountain soda. I especially love fountain soda from Thorntons. Their nugget ice is amazing, and their drinks are always perfectly carbonated. There's a Thorntons not too far from our apartment, so I stop by there, you know, occasionally.

Recently, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw an unfortunate sign above the fountain-soda machine. Well, the sign wasn't unfortunate... but the errant apostrophe was. FREE FOUNTAIN DRINK, the sign said, For Kid's 12 and Under.

That's really just so sad, isn't it?!

So of course I mentioned it to the cashier. I said, "I went to get a fountain drink and was really sad about the sign back there. I mean, it looks like a nice sign, and then BAM. Errant apstrophe just ruins it. Ya know?" He just kind of stared at me and nodded. {Pretty sure the dude had no clue what I was talking about.} But you know what? The next time I came in, look what I saw:

Yes, my friends, that is white out covering the apostrophe.

With so much going on in my personal life -- so much defeat, so much stress & exhaustion -- these little victories? They keep me going.  :)

PS: Yes, they have a similar error on the main page of their website. Yes, I sent an email. {What I really want to know is this: how, in a large company like this, does NO ONE notice that and fix it?!}


Laura said...

As I read back over my last blog post (after I had published), I found two mistakes. One involved an errant apostrophe in moms. I pinky swear, Good Grammar Queen, that I know better. I don't know what my brain was doing. Or not doing. Don't judge me too much :/

In Definition said...

love this!

Beth said...

Laura -- too funny. Let's be honest: mistakes happen to everyone, myself included. I just have less patience with companies who employ a lot of people and then somehow let basic mistakes like this slip out into major marketing campaigns. Like, really?! No one noticed that apostrophe before that sign was printed and shipped out all over the country?! I really just don't get it.

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