DISCLAIMER: I did a long-ish bike ride in the heat today and am tired and cranky. Lector Caveo.
As you may or may not know, the city of Los Angeles is broke. Even more broke than the proverbial joke. They’re cutting back on services to the needy, laying off police, firefighters and teachers in an attempt to make ends meet.
One of the financial responsibilities of the city is graffiti removal. On vertical surfaces, this involves juvenile delinquents (the ones who got caught) slapping a coat of paint that doesn’t quite match the building over the graffiti, and it’s done.
But stuff that’s been sprayed on sidewalks requires a skilled crew to come out with a sandblaster, at what I can’t imagine is a small expense.
Did I mention the city’s broke? Yes, yes I did. So you can imagine how upset I was when I saw this:
Yup. That’s a misguided attempt at ‘viral marketing’ spray painted on a city sidewalk.
It’s going to have to be sandblasted off, costing the city money that it doesn’t have.
Of course, the city won’t go after these idiots for the removal costs, but they should. Also of course, someone’s being robbed right now and there’s no police around because they’ve had their hours cut.
Assholes. Straining a broke city’s resources because some ad agency asshat wanted to try out that newfangled stuff that the kids like.
So fuck you, overpriced flip-flops and the worthless shit-stain of an agency you rode in on.
If I find the person who cooked up this ‘idea’, I’m going to beat them to death with their own copy of Adweek. Or an overpriced flip-flop. Whichever’s closer.