Please Don’t Pass Me By…

While cruising down Queensway in the Bayswater section of London, I was handed a flyer buy a guy dressed like a court jester or maybe a flying trapeze artist.  Either way, he was dressed to get your attention for the purpose of handing you a restaurant flyer.

This kind of folly is common place in the US but I was a bit surprised to see it in England.  And I wasn’t in a high tourist area where you could kind of understand it.  I also wasn’t in a theme park, where this sort of spectacle should be confined to.  I guess that’s my issue.  These flyer businesses are trying to bring out the little kid in grown-ups.  But I refuse to be excited by a drunk guy in a Statue of Liberty suit giving out flyers for a check cashing place that offers barely legal payday loans.

The amount of vomit you encounter near any English bar row on any Saturday night should have been proof enough that England isn’t too proud or dignified to make people dress up in 2nd rate mascot outfits to push lunch specials.

I wonder if dressing up to give out toothpaste promo cards is a stepping stone to being a proper mascot in Disneyland or for a sports franchise.  Work your way up to the big time.   More likely though your local leaflet presenter is on the way down.  Guys who can’t cut the mustard at Six Flags any more but miss the rush of dressing like a bug suck up their pride and find a new outlet for their shtick.  Albeit one that requires them to give handouts but at least keeps them from asking for handouts.

No matter where I am in the world, no matter what they’re selling, I always take the flyer.  The quicker that person can give out all those flyers, the quicker they can lose the outfit and rejoin society.   Do unto others…

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