People Suck: Brewers’ ‘Where’s Bernie?’ Promo Ruined By Hoarding, Social Media
God, I hate people. They’re the worst and tend to ruin everything. Case in point: the Milwaukee Brewers came up with an awesome promotion, “Where’s Bernie?” and clever little scavenger hunt where 1,400 Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments were to be scattered across parks throughout the 5-county metro Milwaukee area as well as in parks in Madison, Appleton, and Green Bay. Four hundred of the Bernie Brewers had prizes attached to them in pouches and even better, 100 had even cooler things inside (via the Milwaukee Brewers’ official site):
Each pouch contained Brewers game tickets, and many also included additional prizes such as certificates for a night in a Miller Park Suite and game-used memorabilia; and Milwaukee County Parks passes for golf, water parks, and the Mitchell Park Domes. In addition, 100 of the lawn ornaments had been autographed by Brewers players and personnel.
Brilliant, right? Sadly, some jerks were hellbent on selfishly profiting off the promotion, ruining the innocent fun of it all for everybody else. Via WISN:
The treasure hunt was to begin at 5 a.m. Tuesday. WISN 12 was at Lincoln Park, where statues were claimed within minutes. Statues at Bradford Beach were also found and claimed within minutes of the start of the contest.
Fans on the internet complained this morning that statues were taken ahead of the 5 a.m. start time. Other fans complained that statues were being collected and placed on eBay.
One Brewers fan posted a picture on Twitter this morning of the 35 statues she collected.
Bernie Brewer statues have now appeared on eBay for up to $250.
Jagoffs. As you can see here, some of the Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments are now being offered up on eBay for $255, with an autographed one going for $349.99. And a search of #berniebrewer on Twitter reveals the general unhappiness of folks regarding the hoarding and attempted profiteering. Sad.
Obviously, this is at its essence merely an illustration of supply and demand. It’s not like these people are doing anything illegal and if there are people willing to fork over top dollar for a Bernie Brewer lawn ornament, that’s each of the parties’ respective rights. But still, can’t people leave well enough alone for once and let people have some fun without degrading it by making it a money-making scheme, in this case by attempted hoarding? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but still, it’s just a bummer, man. People really do suck.
400 Bernie Brewer Statues Gone In Minutes [WISN]