Cops harass 5-year old for late library books, news bloopers and IKEA sleepover – oh my

If I haven’t said it to you in the past week, Happy New Year to you and yours along with great mojo wishes for all of 2012. While I would like to have said it was a week where I could ease into the new calendar, it was not and was busy as hell all four work days. I am sure many of you were at the same time so won’t bother whining. What do you have planned for the weekend? For me it is vegging out in front of the TV watching the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs waiting to see who the Ravens will take on next weekend and catching an outdoor college hockey game or two at the Frozen Fenway event. No matter what you have planned have a great one, and enjoy this eclectic mix of articles in this week’s edition of Five for Friday.

Charlton Library Sends Police to Collect Overdue Books From 5-Year-Old – no you did not read the headline wrong it really happened. I file this one under “Only in Massachusetts,” mostly for the pure absurdity of it. While I find comedy in the story, it is still uber-screwed up, so much so that the cop even felt bad doing it. The real shame that I see in this is that the Commonwealth that I inhabit will waste tax dollars scaring the shit out of an innocent five-year old, but neglect to prosecute a corrupt state officials unless an undercover news unit digs up the dirt and puts it on the 10 O’clock news.

Nelson HA HaPR Failures: Should We Stop Talking About Them? – interesting post that any PR pro should read from Gini Dietrich. Since we all like to play Nelson and chime in HA HA at every blunder, the real question becomes are we doing more harm or good to the industry we all work in. Hell it has an identity crisis and if it were a child in school, we’d all be bullies. So much like the rallying cry of the 90’s why can’t we all just get along?

IKEA Hosts Sleepover For 100 Lucky Facebook Fans – file this one under oddities from across the pond, while also being a good social campaign and listening to your community. I am not sure about you, but I would not want to spend a night in an IKEA, but hey to each his/her own.

Best Buy Manager Dismisses Best Buy Twitter Customer Service, Says “It Could Be Anybody” – this is a perfect example of how companies should make sure their policies in a public and social space (especially if you advertise one on TV) to the yeoman employees. While I would love to say I feel bad for Best Buy, I do not. Since they lost a business order of mine a few years ago I have not went near their joints.

But My Business Doesn’t Need A Social CRM – In this post, Joey Straw makes a great case for the reasons for companies to utilize a social CRM system. The post is doubly awesome for the usage of the sweet Scrooge picture.

BONUS – LOCAL NEWS Bloopers (Thanks to Kate Ottavio for sharing)



4 comments
ginidietrich
ginidietrich

Boy Best Buy is in a lot of trouble right now, aren't they? First not delivering items ordered well before Christmas and now this? Oy. And yeah, I'm with you, I won't go near an IKEA anyway, let alone want to stay the night there. But I know people are fanatical about them, so hey! Whatever floats your boat.

And...thanks for the mention! :)

jeffespo
jeffespo moderator

@ginidietrich I may be the only person who has ever looped you into a sentence with Rodney King. And my story with them was they lost 5K worth of prizes for a contest I was running for work. No one could give me an answer as to why it was over a month late until I set up an auto-tweet to their CMO every 2 hours. Eventually I got a sorry about that and the order but since then I have sworn off them...

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