Author Topic: Going nuts for nutella  (Read 803 times)

TheDrake

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Going nuts for nutella
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:31:56 AM »
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Intermarché supermarkets offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 (£3.90) to €1.40.

But police were called when people began fighting and pushing one another.

"They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand," one customer told French media.

First, incidents like this really make me wonder about the model of the rational consumer. For about $12-$24 bucks if you grab an armload, you are willing to race to the store, push and shove fellow human beings, and possibly get injured.

Second, the marketing guys at Intermarche are either geniuses or idiots, I'm not sure which.

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"Some customers came the night before the promotions to stash the Nutella pots in other places, and thus prevent others from taking them," Jean-Marie Daragon from the Intermarché in Montbrison, central France.

Seriously? I mean, I like Nutella also, but damn.

Reading some of the French reaction, I came across someone making the argument that it was because the French worker is in such a precarious position that they are fighting to afford Nutella.  ::)


scifibum

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Re: Going nuts for nutella
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 01:00:37 PM »
I guess it's useful to be reminded that the veneer of civilization requires active maintenance.

TheDrake

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Re: Going nuts for nutella
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 11:32:50 AM »
Speaking of the veneer of civilization, guess it just got torn off in Philadelphia.

Imagine the public reaction and police response if those had been BLM protesters tearing down infrastructure and flipping over cars. There seems a strange lack of reports of tear gas and brutality, despite one cop being run over by a person on a four wheeler.

TheDeamon

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Re: Going nuts for nutella
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 07:21:29 PM »
Infrastructure destruction after a sporting victory has a long history dating back to at least ancient Greece, where IIRC, they'd often tear down city walls in response to learning one of their athletes prevailed in an Olympic event.

TheDrake

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Re: Going nuts for nutella
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2018, 08:57:16 AM »
So if you're sparta, you let the athenians win and then march over the rubble of their walls? This was more a symbolic demolishment of a little piece of wall, more like tearing down the goalposts than setting cars on fire. At least that's what I was able to google - interesting bit of history.