Monday, July 8, 2013

DISRUPTIVE AD CAMPAIGN PUTS CITY IN THE LOSER SPOTLIGHT...

The city attorney's office is being asked to investigate the person or persons behind a print ad being run in various places throughout the city, including the sides of city buses.  The ads reads, " ARE YOU A LOSER?" and is followed by a telephone number.  The phone company recently reported an influx of telephone calls to that number, which caused the whole system to crash, disrupting all calls in the city.  Channel 1 News, for obvious reasons, refuses to print the actual telephone number, but the numbers 7 2 5 9 1 6 and 3 are in the mix.


Bjorn Luzer, shown here with
his kittens, had over 200
phone calls in 24 hours.
The city first became aware of the ad when unemployed city resident,  Bjorn Luzer, 36, reported he was getting hundreds of calls daily.  A quick check revealed that his telephone number was only one digit different from the telephone number displayed in the ad.  Luzer ended up having his service halted.  "Without a phone, I am a loser." he was heard telling his kittens as he wept.

Bridgeport Mayor Ben Dover directed City Attorney Pat McGroin to uncover the person or persons responsible for placing the ad as quickly as possible.  As he ate a fish stick TV Dinner in the park, he was quoted as saying, "We must put an end to this before neighboring communities think we are a bunch of losers here in Bridgeport!"

City Attorney Pat McGroin, in happier
days before feeling like a loser.
Reached at city hall, the city attorney shrugged and replied there was nothing he could do about it, as no laws were being broken.  "Each time I call the number in question, I get a busy signal," he told Channel 1 News.  "If that doesn't make you feel like a loser, I don't know what does."

Channel 1 News will continue to follow this story.

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