Friday, May 22, 2015

That wine that blows (up)

Exploding wine sold in State Stores could cause a run on rebates.

That wine that blows (up)

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a/k/a BE)

JB: I just know you saw that story about exploding wine sold in State Stores.

BE: Oh, yeah. A real party-starter.

JB: And I'm thinking it might also start a run on rebates.

BE: How so?

JB: Well, according to Inky reporting, if you bought any Prosecco Brut 2013 (a very good year, by the way -- actually, I have no idea since I never drink....prosecco) you can get refunded by your State Store whether your bottle blew up or not.

BE: Seems fair. I mean you could argue that "my bottle hasn't blown up YET."

JB: Indeed, and since they've sold 163 cases of the stuff....

BE: Wow, I can see the lines forming now.

JB: Especially since the LCB is saying (are you ready?) you don't need a receipt.

BE: Aha! Folks will be like, "Uh, yeah, see, my wine blew up and whatnot. So gimme my $12.99.

JB: Yep. First come, first rebated.

BE: Well, I guess the LCB has no option. I mean customer service is their trademark. And it does seem if your selling products that aren't labeled as explosive that, you know, tend to explode....

JB: Right, you need to do something to make up for that.

BE: So how do you know you don't need a receipt?

JB: Called the LCB hotline (1-800-272-7522) and was told by a friendly operator that "yes" they're getting calls about Prosecco Brut 2013, and not about recipes for molotav cocktails, and that "the press office" has informed the hotline that people don't need receipts to ask for rebates.

BE: That LCB knows how to treat people.

JB: You betcha.The drinks, the rebates and the flying shards of glass are on them.

BE: I'll drink to that. Cheers.



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