Windshield cards and etiquette
a_buc at alum.wustl.edu
Sun Aug 1 16:44:02 EDT 2004
** Reply to message from Huw Powell <audi at humanspeakers.com> on Sun, 25 Jul
2004 23:19:49 -0400
> On that non-car related website were they aware that you were basically
> leaving an invitation to join a club they were sort-of "entitled" to
> know about by the very evidence of their car's make? (as opposed to
> stuffing nightclub ads under wipers on city streets)
I thought this should have been clear from my initial post on that site, but
from the ensuing discussion I wasn't sure that it was, so I emphasized it in a
follow-up post. A few people told stories of unwanted flyers received, as
1) "Whenever I park in a neighboring community, I get windshield flyers for the
local brothel. Many people who park there have small children in tow."
2) "As I was stopped in traffic, someone who was clearly being paid to
distribute commercial flyers threw a flyer in my window w/o asking permission.
When I threw it out, he yelled at me for `littering.'" (In this case
especially, I can see the recipient's point.)
3) "I drove away w/o realizing that there was a flyer under my wiper, and then
it started to rain. I pulled over by the side of the road to remove it, and it
was soaked and disintegrating. I was ready to kill."
Another forum member told of distributing flyers that encouraged recipients to
eat at a local restaurant, w/20% of the tab to be donated to the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, and getting very positive responses--when word got
out, people were approaching her and requesting flyers. The woman who'd written
(3) above responded, in effect, "I understand what you're doing, and I give you
credit for altruism, but flyers on my windshield will always annoy me."
I got the impression that people's generalized annoyance with email spam,
doorhanger coupons, junk mail, telemarketers, and pushy door-to-door salesmen
also enters into this.
> These days, with this site a mere shadow of its former leviathan self,
> it might make sense to list a few urls, or at least "target" only the
> older (read: 5 zylinder) cars. I realize there is some discussion of
> later models here, but it is almost all due to old die-hard fans having
> bought newer Audis.
So where do you draw the line? I'm inclined to think that a newer Audi is one
whose model # begins with letters (TT, A4, RS6), and an older one has a a 2- to
4-digit model number (80, 90, 100, 4000).
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