Archives for the Month of December 2008 on Through the Magnifying Glass

Only in New York, the ticket meter grinch

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New York City has landed itself squarely on Santa Claus' naughty list after a ticket agent gave jolly St. Nick a ticket for double parking while delivering gifts to children in Brooklyn.

Auto bailout dies in Senate

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A $14 billion bailout for Detroit's struggling Big Three has died in the Senate after failing on a procedural vote.

The collapse came after bipartisan talks on the auto rescue broke down over GOP demands that the United Auto Workers union agree to steep wage cuts by 2009 to bring their pay into line with Japanese carmakers.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hoped President George W. Bush would tap the $700 billion Wall Street bailout fund for emergency aid to the automakers. General Motors and Chrysler have said they could be weeks from collapse. Ford says it does not need federal help now, but its survival is far from certain.

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I call it UAW arrogance to not recognizing the serious situation and trying to keep their archaic benefits intact.

They refuse to any wage concessions by a specific date in 2009, aiming to accept any cuts in 2011 when their contract expires.

We are in the middle of the biggest recession and the UAW refuses to adapt or change.

Monster Madness - Monster Cable goes after Monster MiniGolf

Monster Cable, known for their expensive and overpriced audio/video cables have sued Monster MiniGolf for trademark infringement.

Monster MiniGolf is a family startup by Patrick & Christina Vitagliano glow-in-the-dark monster-themed minigolf franchise with 23 locations.

The lawsuit alleges that consumers may not be able to tell the difference between the cable and minigolf stores.

It would seem that Monster Cable has a bout of an evil ego. Do folks really think Monster MiniGolf would be selling video/audio cables at every hole?

Monster Cable has also sued Disney for Monsters, INC, the Boston Red Sox for the "Monster Seats" on the big green monster, and is currently trying to keep them from calling the concession stand "Monster Concessions."

Link (Consumerist.com)

Link (eBay - Monster MiniGolf Coupon)

Link (News10)

Update 12/15/2008

So Monster Cable goes and registers monsterminigolftruth.com linking it to their truth page. It offers to dismiss the lawsuit on the following conditions:

1) MonsterMiniGolf pays $100 per month per franchise to MonsterCable

2) MonsterCable would then donate the $100 per month to The Elf Foundation or Creating Rooms of Magic, or Seg4Vets: Segways for Disabled Veterans

3) MonsterMiniGolf can keep their name

A real olive branch? But it would mean that MonsterMiniGolf would agree that MonsterCable is correct that its trademark is being infringed despite that many customers would know to distinguish an audio/video store and a mini-golf playground.

It would make sense if it were MonsterAudio versus MonsterCable, but really, how can they keep arguing that MonsterMiniGolf would be confusing to their customers.

I even find it stupid for them to go after Monster.com way back, and even trying to sue the Boston Red Sox because of their green monster.

Sorry, you're not getting me on your side.