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Monday, March 26, 2007

A New Hope for the USPS?

I've read the news reports about R2-D2 mailboxes and some sort of alliance between the United States Postal Service and George Lucas' cash cow, but this is the first one I've seen in Richmond, at the corner of Cary and Nansemond. The mailbox features the Web address, which takes you to a teaser ad featuring stormtroopers, Darth Vader, C-3PO and R2-D2 acting as a mail carrier. The ad ends with the text: "On March 28 two powerful forces will unite." Which we all know probably means Star Wars stamps, but I guess we'll have to wait a couple of days for the definitive answer.

Back in my stamp-collecting heyday (i.e. elementary school), you had to look overseas for the really wacky stamps, as our own were pretty sober affairs. But that seems to have changed, what with all the media tie-ins lately.

In any case, I give this mailbox a week or so before some enterprising rebels (no, not that kind) take a blowtorch to its legs and spirit it away in the middle of the night, federal crime or no.


At Wed Aug 29, 08:56:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard that most of The Original Soupman locations are shutting down because they can' t make it. The story that you hear on the street that 45th St/3rd Ave, 78th Street/3rd Ave, Harlem closed because they could no longer incur all the losses from the business (six figure losses, in less than a year, each). High Cost of Products from Franchisor plus No Customers=Financial Disater!
Walk by the one's that are open 42nd/5th, 56th/Lex, Rock Center at 48th, Trinity Place, Hanover Square...there is never anyone in them. The poor Operators lost Hundreds of Thousands of dollars while their Franchisor continues to get richer. Other locations are for sale, too. Hanover Square, owned by one of the investors of Soupman opened in January 2007 and almost immediately put their store on the block. Hasn't sold yet. None of the stores can sell and the Franchisor denies there's a problem! Others closed down and some even filed for bankruptcy, Scranton, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Boulder, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Myrtle Beach, SC. Maybe Al Yeganeh and the rest of the company should start feeding their Operators along with the Charities that they claim to donate to. There will come a time when their operators are on line at one of the Soup Kitchens because they lost everything to The Original Soupman. The operators are dropping by leaps and bounds while the Franchisor hides this information and gets richer. New operators and investors are none the wiser....but for how long.


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