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Mayor of Vancouver, Wash., went on a violent rampage Tuesday

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Mug-Smashing Mayor

    Thursday, July 14, 2005
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    Lest anyone be alarmed, Mayor Royce E. Pollard's (search) anger was directed at two Starbucks coffee mugs that had the audacity to have — horrors! — "Portland" printed on them.

    Pollard's made an issue of promoting his fair city, which both languishes in the shadow of much larger Portland, Ore., just across the Columbia River, and gets confused with even larger Vancouver, British Columbia, far to the north.

    "Vancouver is the fourth-largest city in Washington" — after Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma — "and people better start showing a little respect," he told The Columbian of Vancouver (Wash.).

    So when Starbucks started selling its "Portland" coffee mugs, part of its "Destination" series of 23 locally branded mugs, in his town, Pollard went ballistic.

    He had an aide e-mail Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, but their answer wasn't good enough. So he set off in pursuit of the Portland mugs.

    The first Starbucks he got to had heard he was coming and had already safely evacuated its Portland mugs back across the river.

    "It was because of you," manager Melanie Goodman admitted. Pollard gave her a hug.

    The next Starbucks wasn't so lucky. It had two Portland mugs on display. Pollard bought them both, walked over to a garbage can by the front door and smashed them to bits.

    "What's he doing?" one employee, or "barista" as Starbucks calls them, asked another.

    "That's the mayor of Vancouver and he's breaking up the Portland coffee mugs," the other replied.

    "Sweet," said the first.

    By the end of the day, Starbucks had capitulated to Pollard's demands and announced it was pulling its Portland mugs from all of Clark County, Wash.

    The Columbian newspaper cheekily suggested to Pollard that Starbucks might ship its Vancouver (B.C.) coffee mugs south to replace them, but as of Thursday the mayor had not replied.

    Likewise, there was no word on whether anyone in Portland, Maine, was upset about the Portland mugs.

    — Thanks to Out There reader Bryan D
     
  2. jekbrown

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    wow, news from my home town! :D in general, natives from Vancouver don't think much of Portland... so the mayor is definitely "in the mainstream".

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    Oh, I thought you meant Vancouver B.C. :doah: :D :haha:
     
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    If anyone at StarBucks had a brain they would stock up. He buys them, and then breaks them, but who cares after he buys them. :D
     
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    I don't think our mayor is the sharpest crayon in the box... :laugh:
     
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    :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    Where in the hell is Vancouver ?
     
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    It's in Washafornia....You should know Jim, you brought the fornia... :haha:
     
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    I thought you moved up there to get away from that kind of crap :haha:
     
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    Yea right, like your mayor is any better. Hmm... He has resigned due to lawsuits and "San Diegos deficit ridden pension fund"-Time Magazine says " One of nations worst big city mayors". See we dont have big city scandal & corruption. We got the wrong forking coffee cups. My Mayor is is gonna straighten this sh!t out.
     
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    All I have to say is Starbuck sucks............. That is all.
     
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    Hey now, he's the mayor of San Diego and I happen to live in El Cajon. My mayor looks like a homeless person but at least he's not involved in any scandals like mcMurphy and he's not freaking out over Starbucks cups like your boy over there. :D
     

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