• Dec 7, 2006
Wow, those cookies disappeared quickly. Just a day after adding scent strips to bus shelter advertisements, the "Got Milk?" people pulled them down. The new San Francisco campaign used several bus shelters with scented adhesive strips exuding the aroma of freshly baked cookies. The strips are similar to the ones most of us know from magazine advertisements for perfume or cologne. It was believed that these were the first outdoor use of such technology.
But as quickly as they appeared, the ads have gone away. Apparently there was some concern about food and scent allergies, and a lack of respect for the hungry and homeless, and therefore the strips were promptly removed. They were part of a campaign by the California Milk Processor Board, creators of the famous "Got Milk?" ads and their milk mustaches that have graced celebrity upper lips for 13 years.

Bad enough to be stuck using public transportation, but to have to endure the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that you can't locate and devour, now that's plain rude.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't you just love political correctness?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nobody would choose to use public transportation, right?"

      Right. I rode MARTA for six months while I saved up enough to fix my Jeep. By the way, don't buy a Jeep. The day I got it fixed, drove it to CarMAX, and drove off with an RSX Type-S was one of the happiest days of my life.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess the bum smell was better. What a bunch of dweebs!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bad enough to be stuck using public transportation


      Oh, is that so?

      Nobody would choose to use public transportation, right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nobody would choose to use public transportation, right?"

      It's a car blog. A blog about cars. Guys writing on a car blog can be presumed to like cars, and to like driving. Someone who likes cars and driving might consider it being "stuck" to ride a bus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now is that the fresh scent of relevant automotive news? It sure is: bush shelter and cookie smell. Wow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is this even being reported on Autoblog???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow...cookie odor deemed as insensitive. Restaurants and bakeries are some real bastards.

      Going to save up to buy a Cayman and not drive it much?

      I personally didn't find the article completely out of place myself, but I can see how it would be seen as such by some readers...along with viewing public transportation as a necessary (and hopefully avoidable) evil.

      For a normal routine using public transportation, you have to endure (even assuming a timely, clean, and well-maintained public transit system)...

      1) Being stuck in the confines of a vehicle full of strangers with a varying level (or lack) of personal space and comfort

      2) Limited options/ease when making or changing plans (especially when it comes to any operation hour restrictions)

      3) Definitely no enjoyment of a potentially nice drive to/from a destination...sometimes the best part of a day/night for an enthusiast.

      4) Limitations on cargo/carrying capacity...no more grocery shopping at Costco

      5) ...all while not necessarily getting to your destination any quicker depending on the commute.

      Not that there aren't plenty of people in the world who must use or choose to use public transportation and I'm sure there's no intent to put them down. However, there are plenty of people (probably a lot of the site's readership) who would happily prefer to deal with the costs/problems of car ownership and consider public transportation as a last resort if it were a reasonable option.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Bad enough to be stuck using public transportation, but to have to endure the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that you can't locate and devour, now that's plain rude."

      Not any more rude than having to endure the images of expensive products you can't afford or idealized bodies/lifestyles you can't have, etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 Take that stick out of your ass, have a cookie.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alright, fine. You guys enjoy your miserable commutes and I'll take public transportation.

      By the way, what kind of fun car do you think i can upgrade to with the $400 a month I'm saving in gas and parking fees? Gee, all of the sudden that Cayman isn't so out of reach ;) By the way, can you get an extra hour of sleep on your commute?

      Then again, I must not like cars; I'm probably sending all that cash to Greenpeace.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah, yes, the city where Nancy Pelosi hails from.... where else?
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