Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 7/6/2010 (2456 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I realize your corporate headquarters are in Dallas, Texas.
Hence, you may not have been aware of recent gang-related shootings in Winnipeg that injured a 10-year-old girl and eight-year-old girl who had nothing to do with gangs.
So, when this sign went up outside the 7-11 at the corner of Ellice Avenue and Maryland Street promoting Mafia Wars, the significance was simply too rich to abandon.
The house on Victor Street where the two little girls live is about 400 meters away.
That same day I saw your sign, I watched their mother talk about how she’s not going to leave the neighbourhood over the three bullets that shattered her front window.
I couldn’t help but marvel at the utter insensitivity having those words plastered out front of your store, totally oblivious to the environment they were in.
I’m sure the decision to launch a campaign promoting the online game Mafia Wars may have seemed like a good idea at headquarters.
Sort-of like the recent ad campaign by La Senza that tried to get five to 12-year-olds to wear bras.
And we know how well THAT worked out.
After all, with summer and Slurpee season upon us — never mind reams of research on violence and video games — a promotion was in order.
Thus, the hot dog containers with the guns. Somehow, somewhere, the makers of Grand Theft Auto must have felt overwhelmed with envy at the offensiveness of such prime entertainment.
Anyways, your promotion certainly arrested my attention. I logged onto the Mafia Wars website.
I saw the chance to rob a drug runner. And the opportunity to buy a gun, because "drug dealers carry guns." And rough up dealers. And rob a warehouse. And that was just in the first five minutes through a standard Facebook account.
Oh, 7-11, I can only marvel at the next promotion your marketing folks will dream up next.
P.S. You may wish to contact Ford over their recent "drive it like you stole it" campaign for the SUVs. Inspiration!