Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dan Quayle works at Culvers

So I have three kids and no paying job, and as such, I may have a little more time on my hands than most. Couple that with my background in journalism and grammar, and I'm your worst consumer nightmare.

For example, right after Mini Me was born, I was sent a flyer from the local eye doctor's group, telling me about all the fabulousness they have going on. On the back was a map of the area with all the offices pinpointed on it.

Except they got my office in the wrong county. I should know; I live across the street from it. So, I called the number on the back of the flyer, explained what was wrong with the flyer, and got transferred to 4 different people.

It was the last person, who I believe was the Director of Marketing, who was appalled at their mistake. She confirmed I was correct with the office manager of the location across from my house. I heard through the grape vine that the office manager wondered if I didn't have more to do except look for mistakes.

That stung a little, but, come on, why didn't someone at that office correct corporate? It's not hard.

Driving along last week, I spot this:

The sign scrolled, so I had to carefully time my cell phone camera with the sign. All in the name of grammar.

And you know I just couldn't leave it alone.

I call the business. (It's a Culvers.) I ask for a manager. "I'm a crew captain, can I help you?" the young voice said. ::Sigh::

After trying to start off with a Dan Quayle joke (she didn't get it), I tell her about the typo on the sign. There was silence. I tell her how I was an English major and notice these things. Silence.

Finally, I just said, "Potato doesn't have an "E" in it."

That, she understood.

I haven't been by again to see if they changed it. Or if they just decided to take sweet potato fries off the menu. Either way, I'm planning to drive by to look at my grammatical victory.

It's one thing to have something misspelled on Facebook or in a note to someone. But that's a sign on a parkway. Run it by spell check first.


  1. Amen!!! I am the daughter of a high school English teacher, so I have had proper grammar drilled into my brain forever. Stuff like that sign annoys the heck out of me, so good for you calling them out!!

  2. You go girl! I would have done the same thing!

  3. I got you beat! A few years ago, I drove by my local high school, and on their marquee they had "Scholorship banquet May 19th". I can understand some people having a hard time spelling 'scholarship', but a HIGH SCHOOL?!?

  4. The drive-through sign in Portage has a sign that reads, "Worth It's Wait," or something similar. I e-mailed corporate office. Never heard back.