Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hot Dogs in Hot Water Again


The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was arrested and booked on charges of violating advertising laws in Hawaii.

The story clears up a bit of a mystery for me, explaining that the Wienermobile is "a 'bus' in the shape of a hot dog on a bun". It goes on to say that the vehicle "visited Hawaii from June 28 to July 19". It is not clear how the Wienermobile got to Hawaii or if it was travelling alone or with a companion.

Police were tipped off to the heinous crime by a vigilante group who call themselves the "Outer Circle", another group hiding its real agenda with a misleading name, pretending to be all about exposing gays when they are actually attempting to beautify Hawaii by getting wieners out of the public eye. Turns out UPI may have gotten the group's name wrong A Hawaii news source refers to the group as the "Outdoor Circle", which is gay-friendlier but, still, what the heck does that mean?

Oscar Mayer might have gotten away with their advertising crime spree if they had not boasted about their activity: "Bob Loy of the Outer Circle said the company (Oscar Mayer) acknowledges the Wienermobiles promote the company's products." I think they should have claimed ignorance. "You know, officer, now that you mention it, it does look kind of like a hot dog. I have no idea how our name got on there, though."

"The activist admitted some buses and trucks in Hawaii may carry signs bigger than the Wienermobile. 'Unfortunately, those things aren't against the law, and this is,' he said." This seems like a clear case of product profiling to me.

"The Outer Circle has written Oscar Mayer asking it to voluntarily keep the bus out of Hawaii in the future." That's ridiculous. If they are driving from California to Japan, they have to go through Hawaii, right?


Anonymous said...

OK-What I want to know is this: who in Hawaii let them in? This was obviously a well-planned-out conspiracy, involving agents too-numerous-to-count to flout Hawaii's anti-Meatmobile rules. It's not like they just drove across the border, even if they were only on their way to Japan.


JohnnyB said...

Excellent question. My guess: meat packers.

David said...

They might be able to get to Japan through Alaska - although if Sarah Palin is their travel agent, she will likely route them through Russia as well.

If only the Weinermobile had hooked up a Uhaul trailer to deliver some samples and inventory, they would have been legal because they would have had an additional purpose besides advertising.

I'm not sure how the weinermobile's presence causes the state of Hawai'i to become ugly but I guess ugly is in the eye of the beholder in the middle of the Pacific.


JohnnyB said...

"I'm not sure how the weinermobile's presence causes the state of Hawai'i to become ugly" I agree, David. People lucky enough to live there ought to be out appreciating it and not going after American icons. What's next? Suing Snap, Crackle and Pop for disturbing the peace?

Bowman said...

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JohnnyB said...

Hey, thanks Bowman. I don't remember how I stumbled across your blog but I enjoy your writing.