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I agree it’s clever, but I do not like that. First of all I never look out the peep hole unless someone is knocking on the door or ringing the door bell, thus I wouldn’t see it through the peep hole for weeks (I would take it off before then). Secondly, if someone were at the door and I couldn’t see who it is because that thing is in the way, I wouldn’t open the door.
the lawn gnome lasers would have taken him out long before he got to the doorstep
This is kind of cruel, in the way that those fake folded-up $50 bills that are actually mini-religious tracts are cruel.
What are you on about?
Clever isn’t the right word. EASY pointed out that the way we use peep holes normally would limit the effectiveness of the publicity as well as hinder the peep hole’s functionality.
Takuan, do they make apartment hallway gnome lasers? If so I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter.
“Secondly, if someone were at the door and I couldn’t see who it is because that thing is in the way, I wouldn’t open the door.”
Easy to panic is right.
This has so many possibilities.
Imagine a Gray Alien holding a probe . . .
I generally hate advertising with a passion, but have to admit- this is pretty cool. I don’t have one of those little peep hole thingys though, and it would look ridiculous attached to my front door’s window.
My big concern would be the adhesive. It would have to be strong enough to hold the thing to the door in varying weather conditions, but not so strong as to damage the door’s finish.
As for the issue brought up by @EASY2PANIC- they could probably ring the bell to draw your attention to it. I suspect most people would be pissed if that happened though.
Papa John’s pizza is nasty. And now they want to “hack” an ad. Ugh? Can some corporate scandal scuttle that company already.
so what happens if some never do wells get hold of those and decide to use them to “hide behind” pretending to be pizza deliveries and then rob your place when you open the door???
STUPID idea… absolutely syupid… I hope they get sued into oblivion when someone inevitably gets robbed/raped/or worse by some one using these to hide behind…
Clever and amusing. “The worst you can call it is harmless.”
However, I just got spam (claiming to be) from them. Permanent boycott.
not to be a no-it-all douche. but this one is about a year and a half ago.
“Hello, 911? There’s this creepy delivery guy standing in the hall outside my door, and he won’t go away, no matter how much I yell at him. No, I didn’t order a pizza!”
I’m disappointed to see a favorite prank being exploited this way. In our college dorm room days, some friends and I took a picture of the building RA with a cop and made a similar device. When we would notice “funny smells” coming from under a door, we would tape it up and knock, then wait for hilarity to ensue.
Since it only works if somebody knocks or rings the bell, I’m guessing that the Papa John’s version is not in mass production, but rather a one-off photograph meant to circulate the web.
Anyone who could mistake a color-separated still picture on lightweight offset paper stock for a real person at the front door deserves to be eaten by predators.
Whysteriastar’s site appears to have vanished. It’s a mystery.
CraigGNoble @24, could you please try using something other than the imperative? Thank you.
Takuan @29, I like it.
Nelson C. @37: religious tracts, like Republican campaign literature, and Cosmo articles on how to keep your man, can be used as sex toys!
The game goes like this: one person sits in a semi-reclining position and starts reading the literature aloud. The other person artfully pleasures them. Object of the game: how long can you keep reading in a clear, level voice?
The person who told me about this held that reading Republican campaign literature was definitely the kinkiest variant, and the most fun.
#5 Stefan Jones
I find your ideas fascinating, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
I thought of this years ago. My idea was to go door to door selling to old people video screens that would mount inside the door and in conjunction with a pinhole camera take the place of the conventional peep hole. So much more convenient.
Then as I installed each one I would copy the image in the screen facing outward from the vantage point of the door and showing the empty porch or hallway. I would print these pictures and sell them to robbers. The robber tapes the pic over the pinhole camera and rings the doorbell. It looks like nobody is there, so the rob-ee opens the door. Evil! My idea is wasted on mere pizza peddlers.
Or some lunatic could throw one of these on your peephole, you’re not careful and open the door to tell the papa john’s guy he’s an idiot and you didn’t order a pizza, and you end up in a pit in someone’s basement.
#10 Reverend Loki, LOL
I seriously doubt this was an actual piece. More than likely, it was created just for the award shows. relax people.
You know, I (1) hate advertising leaflets on/in/near my door, and (2) never use the peep-hole. HOWEVER, If I came home and saw one of these sticking to my door, I’d immediately work out what it was for, and then look through the peep-hole to see what it looked like.
Thus I would have taken an active participation in the advertisement. This, I imagine, would be considered a smashing success by Papa John’s et al., because it would be more likely to stick in my mind.
I think it’s pretty clever.
A predator could use this kind of scheme to hurt someone. The dumbass who came up with this needs a smack across the face.
You know what’s dangerous? Doors. Predators could totally use them to get into your house. Windows, too.
This is so clever, I love it. I put it in my asshole’s guide to etiquette http://www.hlsgd.rthdyblg.cm/2008/06/05/-crprt-sshls-tchnq/#rspnd to discuss if it will work or just piss people off.
it’s been done before. search for “gimme the cash”, click I’m feeling lucky, and watch the video that is delivered.
“It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.”
If you are the guy (who probably has been paid a pittance) hired put these things up on people’s doors, make VERY sure you are not caught.
#31: Right you are. The ad blocks the peephole, a perp notices it and simply waits patiently for someone to open the door to remove the ad…
What a stupid idea. Nice… A predator could use this kind of scheme to hurt someone. The dumbass who came up with this needs a smack across the face.
How about you (“the company”) do not stick stuff to my property? Just a thought…
Please don’t link to your blog unless it adds something new or informative to the discussion.
Not to be argumentative, but her post seemed relevant to me. She did say they were discussing it there too.
I’ve seen this image online a lot – rather than an actual working advertising system, i think it’s designed as an online viral marketing scheme (which i suspect is much cheaper and much more effective)
There was a version of this in 5th Element.
What if this were re-engineered for evil to take over the…
Actually, what if instead of the “Pizza Guy” you “branded” the view from the peephole?
Instead of an opaque image, you placed your company logo, in one of the lower quadrants, on a transparent background. Then the peephole would still be functional, but the “user” would see a branded view of the world.
Although, it might be a little awkward if it’s branded for Papa John’s and the Domino’s guy shows up.
No more discussion. Drop it.
This is creepy as hell. It’s also fiction. Don’t fall into the trap.
the Papa John’s pizza trap of doom?
now, what if Kramer turned his peephole inside out and put a picture of HIMSELF on the other side????
I always leave my door a couple feet ajar. There is a small mirror mounted in front of the peephole on the outside. There is also a mirror the inside. When people come to the door, they become engrossed in the existential mystery of it all and I slip up behind them, smash them on the head and take their pizza or religious tracts.
Props to Saatchi & Saatchi for getting free press for pizza two years on: http://www.therawfeed.com/2006/06/next-generation-door-flier-hits.html
The pizza I understand, but what do you do with the religious tracts, Takuan?
All I can think of is my senile grandmother being scared out of her mind because she’d think this was real, and she would think someone was at the door. Kind of like #10 said.
Not sure if I’m for or against a stunt like this.
in honor of the earlier Jehovahs Witnesses thread, and slimily using this item as a cunning segue into this;
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