Every restaurant is Taco Bell - Olympic brand police

In the movie this sort of thing was comedic commentary on a dystopian future.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk...

Oh, did they survive the Franchise Wars?

Never did like or watch the Olympics anyway.
Nice demolition man reference.

I think there's also some funny business going on with the usage of the logo (or at least similar color schemes) too? John Walker from RPS had some tweets earlier this week suggesting that but I couldn't find a source on that claim.

Utterly ridiculous in both cases.

I read, a bagel shop had to take down bagels arranged as the olympic rings for copyright infringement.

No really.
That's not a MacBane joke.

There's a sausage shop that had to do it too.

The various Olympic organizations seem to have been especially aggressive about defending their trademark this year. (Not mentioned in the article: the Ravelympics were renamed to the Ravellenic Games).

Well they have to protect the integrity of the idea that people will waste the first couple of decades of their children's lives with draconian training schedules for an ultimately empty and fleeting endeavor, right?
I'll watch the curling sometimes though.

Dr_Awkward wrote:

Well they have to protect the integrity of the idea that people will waste the first couple of decades of their children's lives with draconian training schedules for an ultimately empty and fleeting endeavor, right?
I'll watch the curling sometimes though.

Jokes on you, these are the summer games.

The elitist Olympics combined with the London panoptic security dystopia appears to be a bad combination. Some of this focus is anti-corporate counter-propaganda, of course, but just because something is propaganda doesn't mean that it isn't true...

Timely watching the episode of South Park about Crackbaby Basketball. It kind of blows that everything has to be a racket. None of this great sponsor money gets to athletes. Some may luck out and get a sponsorship deal afterwards. But when all is done, they work their lives for other people's gains. So I guess Olympians are a lot like the rest of us.

We've been signing petitions against the sponsors for a couple of weeks now because on top of their respective brand monopolies and the huge advertising gains they get out of being at the olympics (and of course the money from selling stuff tied to the games) they were also guaranteed huge tax breaks. We've managed to make MacDonald's back down and some other companies. IMO, for that to be offered - even outside of the current economic situation is just disgusting.

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

Deadmonkeys wrote:

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

That wasn't really food poisoning. That's just how the human body reacts to taco bell. It happens to everyone.

Wembley wrote:
Deadmonkeys wrote:

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

That wasn't really food poisoning. That's just how the human body reacts to taco bell. It happens to everyone.

This is quite true.

I've had people tell me they like Mexican food, because they like Taco Bell. I have yet to figure out a way to politely tell them that eating at an actual Mexican fast foot restaurant would blow their minds.

Wembley wrote:
Deadmonkeys wrote:

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

That wasn't really food poisoning. That's just how the human body reacts to taco bell. It happens to everyone.

I've built up quite a resistance to it. After the great chalupa uprising of 2019, I will be the apex human!

"Mate with me O nubile womens! The fate of our race relies upon it!"

skeletonframes wrote:
Wembley wrote:
Deadmonkeys wrote:

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

That wasn't really food poisoning. That's just how the human body reacts to taco bell. It happens to everyone.

I've built up quite a resistance to it. After the great chalupa uprising of 2019, I will be the apex human!

"(fart) Mate with me O nubile womens! (fart) The fart of our race relies upon it!(splaaaaaaat)"

FTFY

They attacked some Knitting Olympics too. What they didn't consider was the power of the knitting lobby, who went after the IOC and made them retract the cease and desist and apologise!

Gremlin wrote:
Wembley wrote:
Deadmonkeys wrote:

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

That wasn't really food poisoning. That's just how the human body reacts to taco bell. It happens to everyone.

This is quite true.

I've had people tell me they like Mexican food, because they like Taco Bell. I have yet to figure out a way to politely tell them that eating at an actual Mexican fast foot restaurant would blow their minds.

That's just the thing, Gremlin, maybe it wouldn't. I know lots of people who prefer Tex Mex to actual Mexican. Hand them an authentic Mexican taco and first thing they'll do is ask what happened to the cheese.

LobsterMobster wrote:
Gremlin wrote:
Wembley wrote:
Deadmonkeys wrote:

I ate Taco Bell once. It gave me food poisoning.

That wasn't really food poisoning. That's just how the human body reacts to taco bell. It happens to everyone.

This is quite true.

I've had people tell me they like Mexican food, because they like Taco Bell. I have yet to figure out a way to politely tell them that eating at an actual Mexican fast foot restaurant would blow their minds.

That's just the thing, Gremlin, maybe it wouldn't. I know lots of people who prefer Tex Mex to actual Mexican. Hand them an authentic Mexican taco and first thing they'll do is ask what happened to the cheese.

You have a point, but what I was trying to say is that even run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex fast-food would blow their minds. I'm prepared to concede that they may not be ready for something even marginally exotic. Let's wean them off of cardboard first.

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I love the oimplycs.

Gremlin wrote:

You have a point, but what I was trying to say is that even run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex fast-food would blow their minds. I'm prepared to concede that they may not be ready for something even marginally exotic. Let's wean them off of cardboard first.

Some days you want food that will blow your mind. Others, you want meat and beans sprayed out of a caulking gun. (Or perhaps "meat" and "beans".)

Hypatian wrote:
Gremlin wrote:

You have a point, but what I was trying to say is that even run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex fast-food would blow their minds. I'm prepared to concede that they may not be ready for something even marginally exotic. Let's wean them off of cardboard first.

Some days you want food that will blow your mind. Others, you want meat and beans sprayed out of a caulking gun. (Or perhaps "meat" and "beans".)

Soy is a type of bean.

LobsterMobster wrote:
Hypatian wrote:

Some days you want food that will blow your mind. Others, you want meat and beans sprayed out of a caulking gun. (Or perhaps "meat" and "beans".)

Soy is a type of bean.

So, beans and "beans", then.

On the subject of the Olympics, the stuff I've been hearing out of London makes me think it should go back to the ancient model of always being in the same place, instead of causing chaos in and draining money from a new city every time.

“You probably wouldn’t be walking in with a Pepsi T-shirt because Coca-Cola are our sponsors and they have put millions of pounds into this project but also millions of pounds into grassroots sport.

“It is important to protect those sponsors.”

Man what I don't even. How the f*ck are sponsors hurt by a guy wearing a Pepsi shirt?

Congrats, Brits, I hope you enjoy your new corporate overlords.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
“You probably wouldn’t be walking in with a Pepsi T-shirt because Coca-Cola are our sponsors and they have put millions of pounds into this project but also millions of pounds into grassroots sport.

“It is important to protect those sponsors.”

Man what I don't even. How the f*ck are sponsors hurt by a guy wearing a Pepsi shirt?

Congrats, Brits, I hope you enjoy your new corporate overlords.

All joking aside, the thing that's been bugging me about these stories is that I can think of no where else that tries to police the visiting public on behalf of the sponsors. I mean, we have entire stadiums that have a corporate sponsor's name on the front, but I've never heard of anyone getting thrown out because they were wearing a rival corporation's shirt. They do police any containers coming in, but that's partially about security and partially so you can charge you inflated prices inside; it's not like they'd let the right brand in. Is this some unique manifestation of the current UK culture, or have I missed something?

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Congrats, Brits, I hope you enjoy your new corporate overlords.

Truthified for historical factiness.

G4S securit staff 'cheat' on x-ray scanner tests. S'not a bomb, s'andbag.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ju...

misplacedbravado wrote:

On the subject of the Olympics, the stuff I've been hearing out of London makes me think it should go back to the ancient model of always being in the same place, instead of causing chaos in and draining money from a new city every time.

But then where would the International Olympic Committee get all their fees and kickbacks from?

It's an (over) reaction to guerrilla marketing from companies that couldn't afford the faustian pact of sponsorship.

I went to the Volleyball at Sydney 2000 and one entire end of the stadium was filled with people wearing a yellow shirt with some portugese writing on it. I thought it must have been some well organised Brazilian fans, but it was actually a Brazilian beer company handing out a free shirt to everyone in that section of the crowd and who is going to refuse a free t-shirt. This beer company was not an official sponsor of the games and so they got to get some advertising for free to a chunk of their target audience.

OG_slinger wrote:

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The Chinese counterfeit market is about to make a killing.