If You Don't Like an Ad, Call Your Lawyer. It's the American Way


Oh for fuck's sake. Get over yourselves! You want to sue because a marketer pokes fun at your business? Can we just kill all the lawyers now? Or, rather, the stupid laws that enable them to file lawsuits for the most ridiculous reasons?

OK, so no lawsuit has yet been filed but Rico Gerardo, owner of the San Francisco restaurant Taqueria, wants to talk to his lawyer because Comcast SportsNet has placed an as near his restaurant which reads, "I don't know where a good burrito is, but I know where the A's are"

Can we just stop the insanity? Please? Comcast isn't slamming Mexican restaurants. They are trying to be witty with their advertising. Whether or not they accomplished the attempt at witticism is fodder for another discussion but Comcast isn't calling area resident idiots or trashing restaurants. Get over yourselves.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Strange, Worst   

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You know what, any reason to sue Comcast is a good reason. You go, Rico Gerardo! Sue away!

Posted by: betty on May 9, 2008 2:15 PM

Don't sweat it.

If he can afford to consult a lawyer (which is doubtful), he'll learn he lacks a cause of action required to bring suit.

Being pissed off is not a cause of action.

It's harder to file a lawsuit than you think. The legal system's nowhere as screwed up as rightwingers like to claim. Judges don't like having their courts clogged with this sort of crap and will warn, then punish lawyers who should know better.

Convicted prisoners too poor to afford a lawyers are about the only people allowed to file dumbass cases without sanction. Which are promptly dismissed.

This guy's gripe is more a publicity stunt than anything else.

Posted by: Auto on May 9, 2008 3:31 PM

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Those outdoor ads are everywhere and the headlines all say something randomly funny. This is not a vendetta against local restaurants; itís just a witty campaign. Has anyone seen the commercials? Those are hysterical. My favorite one stars the crazy bird lady frantically feeding bread to the missing birds. Why is it when ads are smart people donít understand them?

Posted by: Rachel on May 9, 2008 7:00 PM

There are two reasons why ads like this don't always entertain: first, many people are stupid; second, what's funny to you may not be funny to me. The restaurant owner ticks both boxes.

Posted by: Drayton on May 12, 2008 5:12 AM

The owner could put up an ad of his own going something like this: I don't know where to find a clever ad, but you can find a good burrito here.

Posted by: rob on May 14, 2008 11:37 AM