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Best Buy Invaded By Blue Shirt Improv Artists

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the actual-wisdom-of-the-crowds dept.

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deviantphil writes "About 80 Improv Everywhere agents invaded their local Best Buy store wearing blue shirts and Khakis. Eventually they were asked to leave, but not before capturing some great photos and video." From the article: "Security guards and managers started talking to each other frantically on their walkie-talkies and headsets. 'Thomas Crown Affair! Thomas Crown Affair!,' one employee shouted. They were worried that were using our fake uniforms to stage some type of elaborate heist. 'I want every available employee out on the floor RIGHT NOW!'" Their inspired cellphone symphony from this February is also well worth checking out.

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news? (-1, Offtopic)

hawkmoon77 (957541) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274353)

This information was posted on collegehumor.com many days ago. I thought slashdot was on top of things.

Re:news? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274402)

no, slashdot provides links of interest on a single site.

the squeeze-till-your-bowels-explode race to be the first to post something is for idiot bloggers.

Re:news? (-1, Offtopic)

hawkmoon77 (957541) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274499)

Links of interest on a single site does not constitute "news." Their should be some element of timliness to the links. Also, considering the competition, i.e. digg and others, links should be presented to current events at a faster pace. The idea I was bringing out was that CollegeHumor, being a college level comedy site, shoudln't be scooping slashdot on links of interest. Also, I said simply that slashdot should be on top of things. Apparently you translate "News for Nerds, Stuff that matters" into links of interest. Well, the best buy thing was not news, and doesn't matter, albeit was a link of interest. I am relevently pointing out that Slashdot shoudl put more effort into gathering NEWS. Calling me an idiot, and assuming a race to be first is without merit, and the simple fact that my post was first does not prove your point.

Re:news? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274660)

Slashdot has always been a site where they link to news they find might be interesting and nerd like in nature.

ALWAY been that way. That is their business. Don't like it? Leave.

Re:news? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274409)

This information was posted on collegehumor.com many days ago. I thought slashdot was on top of things.

That's what they said about your mamma the whore, but it turns out she likes having two guys shove their pink invaders up her brown-stained ass while she eats the neighbor's pussy.

Re:news? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274509)

Its true. By the way, thank your mom the the fabulous licking she gave my pussy - what a great neighbor!

Re:news? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward Gra (802816) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274450)

I wear a blue shirt at work and everytime I stop at Best Buy, I would get asked by numerous customers for help.

What a coincidence! (3, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274481)

I wear a vacant look and maintain a surly attitude every time I Stop at Best Buy, I would get asked by numerous customer for help!

Re:What a coincidence! (1)

Flounder (42112) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274590)

If I'm shopping at Best Buy, it usually means something broke, I need to replace it that day, and can't wait for Newegg to ship it. So, yeah. I'm surly whenever I have to go to Best Buy.

news?-Lifeline. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274482)

"I wear a blue shirt at work and everytime I stop at Best Buy, I would get asked by numerous customers for help."

"Oh please help me! You're my only hope. None of the others will talk to me, and they just run away. *grabs pants leg* Don't leave me! I have so many questions."

Re:news? (1)

mikerm19 (809641) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274655)

It doesn't even have to be a shirt. I used to work at Home Depot. We had to wear an orange smock, but any color collar shirt.

After I had quit, I came in to get a few things one day, and I was wearing an orange shirt. I must of gotten stopped at least a dozen times by customers wanting help. Of course, I helped them out a little bit, not wanting to go back to my Home Depot days.

My mother sent me two Geek Squad shirts... (4, Interesting)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274372)

Hmmmm.... Imagine if the entire population of Slashdot each received one. Think of the possibilities. Also, can't this be considered Slashdoting something physically.

Re:My mother sent me two Geek Squad shirts... (3, Funny)

Kremit (632241) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274385)

Also, can't this be considered Slashdoting something physically.

Only if the customers starting using so much electricity that the building started to melt :)

Linus would not approve! (3, Funny)

mctk (840035) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274432)

Also, can't this be considered Slashdoting something physically.

Big public wanking sessions are generally looked down upon.

Re:My mother sent me two Geek Squad shirts... (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274520)

My mother sent me two Geek Squad shirts...

The Geek Squad employees wear white short sleeve dress shirts, black pants, black shoes, and a black clip on tie. The black shirts with the Geek Squad logo on them were used during the Geek Squad roll out by all employees throughout the stores.

By the way, I still have like 4 blue Best Buy shirts and 3 black ones if anyone is interested. Size Large and X-Large.

Nothing says infiltration quite like (-1, Offtopic)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274381)

the money shot [flickr.com]. The joys of being a female working for low wages at a geek store...

Re:Nothing says infiltration quite like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274407)

Wait, a real girl talking about money shots AND being geeky?

Omg your inbox is going to bulge...

welcome to last month (-1, Troll)

get quad (917331) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274395)

moldy old. slashdot appears to be quite adept at recycling 2-week old news lately.

Re:welcome to last month (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274457)

I getting pretty tired of all these "dup!, I posted that last week! That's 10 days old, nobody cares now!" posts. Look, if you aren't posting on topic, or can't contribute in some positive way; why are you even posting?

Re:welcome to last month (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274485)

That's ok, I still appreciate the link. Think about it, is it really that important (and therefore bad for slashdot) that you know about this story? Slashdot is not mission-critical stuff. I don't have a shitload of spare time to just cruise around online, but when I need a diversion I can get it at slashdot.

Guess what? For every article on here there are going to be people who heard of it first, heard of it 2 weeks ago, 4 months ago, whatever. Just STFU and go on to the next article. Do I give a shit about Legos? No. Do I bitch about it when a Lego article comes up? No. You are a lame bastard that needs to get a sense of reality.

On digg several days ago (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274396)

Yawn...

Manager called 911 (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274408)

Jeez, she should be fined.

"Is this an emergency?"
"Dear lord YES! there are people wearing Blue Shirt and Khakis! KAHKIS!!!"

Re:Manager called 911 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274421)

911 is for life or death emergencies. What an ass-munch.

Re:Manager called 911 (2, Insightful)

luvirini (753157) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274428)

Well, in some other countries the manager and the security people could get jail time.. lots of it for stopping a person from leaving without a serious enough actual law having been broken. Over here they could get upto 2 years of jail.

Re:Manager called 911 (3, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274461)

In California, If a security person detains you, you can Sue, and will probably win.

Of course you have to ask to leave, and they imply that you can't ask.

Re:Manager called 911 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274506)

Well, in some other countries the manager and the security people could get jail time.. lots of it for stopping a person from leaving without a serious enough actual law having been broken. Over here they could get upto 2 years of jail.

Well, they could get sued for false imprisonment if they didn't have a good enough reason to detain the person. Best Buy security usually is trained pretty well on these matters. They know they can ask you to sit down and ask you come questions, but they can't stop you from leaving if you want to leave. If they did, then they're screwed.

Re:Manager called 911 (2, Insightful)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274567)

There are fines or jail time for misusing 911 here too. When I read that bit that security held the guy for twenty minutes waiting for the cops the first thing I thought of was unlawful imprisonment too. I guess in the US in the name of national security you can get away with quite a bit. After all, blue shirts! BLUE SHIRTS!

Re:Manager called 911 (4, Interesting)

merreborn (853723) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274459)

The cops took the whole thing really seriously, and gave a few people a lot of shit, if you read the whole page and watch all the videos.

They get freaked out when people show up, act oddly, and video tape stuff.

The manager *was* a total douche though: "You're violating my civil rights by filming in my store!".

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274468)

well yeah, they where called away from real police work to deal with this. So they were grumpy.

Re:Manager called 911 (0)

Have Blue (616) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274480)

I don't really see anything wrong with the manager's response. A huge number of people were impersonating employees, it was confusing the customers (and it's her responsibility to prevent that from happening), and I assume the Best Buy didn't have enough real staff to throw out 80 people and keep the store running at the same time. How was she supposed to know it was harmless comedy? If it hadn't been, she'd at the very least have been fired and possibly held liable for whatever havoc ensued.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274492)

No she couldnt, and any upper management to suggest that would have been liable for a lawsuit if she HAD been fired.

regardless of the fact had she done that here she would have been arrested for missuse of 911 and likely given 24 hours of public service and a $2000 fine, 911 is for emergancys only, you use the normal police phone number for stuff like this.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

GeneralCern (653651) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274542)

Actually that isn't true everywhere. I was just told by a police officer to call 911 for any reason (no matter how trivial) whenever you wanted to speak to a police officer. The non-emergency numbers are often not staffed 24/7, and even if you call that number you will just be transferred to 911 by the operator.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274580)

Hm... maybe that's why I've heard you guys have really long 911 wait times, unanswered calls, etc.

I used to work on a crisis line and our number rang a phone at the local 911 dispatch, where they would then page one of us. The real 911 calls had to be answered within a certain number of seconds of the first ring.

Re:Manager called 911 (5, Interesting)

collectivescott (885118) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274571)

Uh, if the cops bothered to show up they aren't going to fine you for calling. They really don't do that unless it's a prank. Hell, something like 1/3rd of their calls are basically nothing: loud noise, suspicious person. However, having the cops present isn't a bad idea; You never know when a confrontation might occur. Perhaps some manager freaking out about losing control of the situation loses his cool or something. It could happen.

The most interesting thing about the whole affair is the insight that it provides into people's thoughts. When something sufficiently strange is going on, people get completely confused and frustrated that they don't understand your motives. Because of this misunderstanding, they tend to assume the worst. At one point they were speculating that it was some elaborate heist. "Thomas Crown Affair", funny, but at the same time fitting, given what the employees knew. Although with 80 people I might rip off a better target than Best Buy - maybe a bank or something.

I also got a kick out of the human resources woman going undercover to take snap shots of those involved. Don't they have security cameras? Still, I can understand her feeling the need to do something, so that later she can explain it and not look lazy. There's a reason why the managers freaked out the most - they're used to having control. A regular employee just shrugs his shoulders and laughs. And as usual, the cops freak out the most and try to intimidate the guy with the camera.

I think the part that resonated with me the most was when a manager claimed that filming in Best Buy violated her "civil rights". Perhaps they were at the fringes of the law by partially concealing their cameras, but the right to privacy is not guarenteed in an essentially public place. And while it may be against Best Buy policy, unless you commit an actual crime in the legal sense, all they can do is ask you to leave.

However, I do think that at some point they should have just explained the whole thing rather than leave on such bad terms. They freaked people out and then left in an arrogant huff, that shows a basic lack of curtesy. On the whole, the act and documentation offer interesting insights into society, true performance art.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274651)

"Uh, if the cops bothered to show up they aren't going to fine you for calling."

that makes no sense. How will they no a call isn't 911 'worhty' until the arrive?

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274605)

No she couldnt, and any upper management to suggest that would have been liable for a lawsuit if she HAD been fired.

regardless of the fact had she done that here she would have been arrested for missuse of 911 and likely given 24 hours of public service and a $2000 fine, 911 is for emergancys only, you use the normal police phone number for stuff like this.


This is where I get confused. I agree 911 should be used for emergencies only... but exactly what qualifies as an emergency? If you actually talk to the police about whether it's approperate to call 911 if you are activly witnessing a crime taking place, odds are they would say yes. Heck, many cites reccomend dialing 911 when there is a powerline down that presents a hazzard.... I would call the power company but hey their city their rules.
http://www.cityoflewiston.org/police/How%20To%20Us e%209-1-1.htm [cityoflewiston.org]

When seeing someone breaking into a car i've used 911. Shoplifting is a crime... and while we could say the manager was overreacting... if you think about it, there is a risk of shoplifting when you have 80 people dressed like employees in a store. If this was the complaint then I would have to say use of 911 could be argued as being approperate. I'm not so sure on "violating civil rights".

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274627)

well i guess its the difference between big citys and small. I live in the NY/NJ Tri-state area. Pretty much all over here its well known you call 911 for emergancys (car crashes, fires etc.) and the police (or in NY city 311) for police of a non-emergancy nature.

NY city CREATED 311 because far too often 911 was being used for stuff like this and the lines where clogged, and real emergancys where being ignored.

Re:Manager called 911 (5, Insightful)

Ariane 6 (248505) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274512)

That's the thing. They weren't "impersonating" anyone. They were just wearing clothes that happened to be quite similar to the employee uniform. If you RTFA, you'd find that NONE of them EVER said that they worked there.

If Best Buy doesn't like it, they can make a "No blue shirts and Khakis" policy. Barring that, they have no recourse.

Re:Manager called 911 (2, Insightful)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274597)

The store is not a public space. It's privately owned and open for customers. They can refuse service to anyone for any reason, barring specially protected classes of discrimination such as race. Their recourse is to call the cops and have the people removed, which is what they did.

Overall, this wasn't funny or clever, just disruptive. Any moron can disrupt people.

Re:Manager called 911 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274613)

Get over it and get a sense of humor.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274616)

First of all, it is a public access property, regardless of ownership.
This is different then, say, hyour home or a private club.

Yes, they can refuse service, they can ask you to leave.
The problem is not calling the police, it is calling 911.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

Ariane 6 (248505) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274633)

The store is not a public space.

I never said it was

They can refuse service to anyone for any reason, barring specially protected classes of discrimination such as race.

Yes, and such a decision falls under "making a policy of 'no blue shirts and khakis'" read what I wrote next time.

Their recourse is to call the cops and have the people removed, which is what they did.

No crime was being committed. In a place of public accommodation it's not trespassing until someone's asked to leave and refuses. Hence, that is not a recourse available to them. Incidentally, I think that the cops should have written the manager a summons as soon as they found out that simply asking everyone nicely hadn't even been tried.

Re:Manager called 911 (0)

YU Nicks NE Way (129084) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274661)

No crime was being committed
Um, no. Sorry, but the spoofers were demonstrating without a permit -- and that, my friend, is a crime.

Re:Manager called 911 (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274513)

The 911 number is not for enforcing store policy.

No one claimed to be an employee.

"Best Buy didn't have enough real staff to throw out 80 people and keep the store running at the same time"
Still not a 911 emergency.

" it was confusing the customers "
And this is an emergency, how?
"and it's her responsibility to prevent that from happening"
Still not an emergency.

She should have called the desk sargent and asked for a patrol.
My beef was calling '911', not having the police there.

Your not one of those people that think 911 is just a convient way to help you for any ol' thing, are you? I hope not, I hate those people.

Finally:
Get a sense of humor.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

mingot (665080) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274585)

The 911 number is not for enforcing store policy.

But it is valid to use it to report criminal trespass. If they were asked to leave and did not it was perfectly for them to call the police.

And really, the whole point of the exercise (and what made it funny) was to cause confusion and panic on the part of the employees. They suceeded in doing this so why get indignant upon hearing that these confused and/or panicked people called the police with a legitimate complaint?

Ask them to leave... (1)

Firethorn (177587) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274559)

The worst she could legally do to them, lacking a 'no blue shirts' type policy, and probably even then, would be to tell them that they have to leave, that they're not welcome at the store anymore. If they refused to leave the store in an expedient fashion(you don't have to run, but don't linger), then she could have the police charge them with trespassing. With it being a store, permission for the public to be on the property is assumed.

This was eventually done, at which point the people left.

Re:Ask them to leave... (1)

mingot (665080) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274608)

They refused when asked until the police came.

Employees began asking our agents to leave the store if they weren't shopping. Most stuck to their "I'm waiting for my girlfriend" story and refused to leave.

Re:Ask them to leave... (4, Insightful)

Firethorn (177587) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274618)

That's the problem, the employees made it conditional. You don't make it conditional.

"Excuse me Sir, you have to leave now" would have worked. Still, any of the 'performers' who refused could have been hauled into court for trespassing.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274569)

911 was excessive, in hidnsight knowing this was an improv artist group. But they were guilty of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. Not knowing their intentions, it would be easy to assume they were attempting something more sinister.

Re:Manager called 911 (5, Insightful)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274620)

They were? Here's the legal requirement for a fraud charge in the US of A:

Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant's actions involved five separate elements: (1) a false statement of a material fact, (2) knowledge on the part of the defendant that the statement is untrue, (3) intent on the part of the defendant to deceive the alleged victim, (4) justifiable reliance by the alleged victim on the statement, and (5) injury to the alleged victim as a result.

They were specifically told NOT to claim they were employees, but rather state they were not, if asked. #1 down. #2 is meaningless without #1. #3, perhaps. #4 - again, no statement. #5 - injury? Give me a break.

So... out of the five required points there is a maybe on 1. Prosecutor, you have wasted the court's time. I find you in contempt.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274662)

"statement" doesn't refer only to a spoken/written statement. Dressing as a police officer, for example, has been (successfully) prosecuted as a fraud. Having an organized group of people dressed similar to best buy employees walking into a store immediately satisfies 3 of the criteria. Intent and Injury are another matter, but not something the store personal would know at the time.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274623)

what fraud? there was no fraud. And a court determins guilt.

"Not knowing their intentions, it would be easy to assume they were attempting something more sinister."

ok, step back from the TV.
More...more. now go outside and get a breath of air. Something more sinister, indeed.

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274591)

If Best Buy would prefer patrons not look like their staff then perhaps they should invest in better uniforms? Blue shirt and khakis... I've worn that.

Why exactly are mildly confused customers a matter for the police anyway?

Re:Manager called 911 (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274539)

That's not quite as good as when they invaded the Virgin MegaStore [improveverywhere.com] and performed a choreographed dance at the listening stations. The manager also freaked out and called the police, resulting in this conversation:

Megastore guy: They were all just standing there.
Cop: What were they doing?
Megastore guy: Just standing, and then they all danced.
Cop: Did they say anything?
Megastore guy: No.

Pause

Cop: Why are we here?

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

Demorepublicrat (883683) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274568)

She did the right thing, she lost control of her store at the time she didnt know what was going on, they never called her in advance and told her what was going to happen. If a bunch of people pretending to be employees came into my business I would have called the cops myself. And for those who say they werent pretending to be employees look at the page you will clearly see. "A real employee with three fake employees in the background" "Some agents looked pretty close to a typical Best Buy employee." "Agent Rodgers helps someone find a router" "Agent Kinney helps a customer near the front door"

Re:Manager called 911 (2, Interesting)

sfjoe (470510) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274593)

If a bunch of people pretending to be employees came into my business I would have called the cops myself.

I just bet you're an assistant principal somewhere. You have that follow-all-the-rules attitude.
For what it's worth, the instructions that were given out:
"If a customer comes up to you and asks you a question, be polite and help them if you know the answer. If anyone asks you if you work there, say no. If an employee asks you what you're doing, respond 'I'm waiting for my girlfriend/boyfriend who is shopping elsewhere in the store.' If they question you about your clothing, just explain that it's what you put on when you woke up this morning and you don't know any of the other people dressed like you."

Re:Manager called 911 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274601)

Call the cops, yes.
NOT via 911, call the desk sargent. The number is in the phone book.

As long as the weren't wearing Best Buy(or simliar) logos, and not telling anyone they were employees it's not impersonation. Espcially since they told anyone who approached they weren't employees.

BORING! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274429)

and lame

Policy and Legislation (0, Troll)

hwstar (35834) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274433)

First, Policy:

Posted at the entrance to a store:

Persons impersonating store employees will be prosecuted for trespassing.

Later, Lobbyists:

Will introduce federal legislation to make this this kind of thing a felony.

Re:Policy and Legislation (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274462)

They never impersonated employees - RTFA! They only wore blue shirts, and never once claimed to work at Best Buy. Futhermore, they each left when asked to do so, even though the manager chose to call police before even asking them to leave. As they might have said in Office Space, "She's got upper management material written all over her." Excellent, excellent interpersonal skills.

Re:Policy and Legislation (2, Interesting)

Peyna (14792) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274526)


Persons impersonating store employees will be prosecuted for trespassing.


So, in the future I might have to bring multiple changes of clothes with me if I want to go shopping at multiple stores to make sure I don't get confused with the employees? What about those clothing stores that make their employees wear the clothes they sell in the store? Will there be a sign out front "No customer may wear Old Navy clothing inside the store."?

Anyway, when I worked at Best Buy there was probably a few times I noticed a customer walk in wearing khakis and a blue or black or yellow polo. It seems to be a pretty common clothing ensemble.

Re:Policy and Legislation (1)

Namronorman (901664) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274594)

I've had several solid yellow polos of the same shade, but no solid blues like that. I have worn the yellow polos into best buy before, but never have I been asked for help while wearing them. However, I've been asked for help while wearing shirt from places like Banana Republic and what not that are not solid color.

Oddly enough, it seems like older people and the yehaw types are the ones who ask me the most. Maybe it's just the idea a lot of people have that most people don't dress nice anymore, except while at work.

Re:Policy and Legislation (2, Interesting)

Nephilium (684559) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274617)

Actually, I think the shopping attire will eventually be mandated [thinkgeek.com]...

And does this mean whenever someone asks me if I can help them I'd get in trouble?

Although... it does remind me of my retail days... one customer asked someone who was wearing close to the same clothes as the staff where something was... when the person being asked said they didn't know, the one asking started ranting and swearing at them... for five minutes... after he stopped, the person who was asked calmly said, "I don't work here." Then turned and walked away... of course... the entire staff was in the next aisle over trying not to laugh out loud too loudly...

Nephilium

Re:Policy and Legislation (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274640)

"So, in the future I might have to bring multiple changes of clothes with me if I want to go shopping at multiple stores to make sure I don't get confused with the employees?"

No need to go so far. Just wear a loose fitting gray coverall with the words "NOT AN EMPLOYEE" stenciled on the back. That should cut down on requests for help by at least 50%.

same group... (4, Interesting)

cl191 (831857) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274452)

FYI, this is the same group that did the fake U2 roof top concert the day before U2 actually plays in NY.

After seeing Dom Joly... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274472)

After seeing Dom Joly band an army of hundreds of furries to chase an unsuspecting businessmen down an alley, I'm not impressed by anything else until someone tops him. This didn't even remotely come close to that kind of profound LOL factor -- improv comedians are generally humanities-major art fags in college who send Janeane Garofalo fan-letters that whine about Republicans.

Trigger Happy TV ftw!

Spike (2, Funny)

lunenburg (37393) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274477)

Well, I _thought_ my server load was on the way down after three days of getting hammered by this story....

The Uniform (5, Interesting)

texaport (600120) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274493)

Twenty years ago it was nearly an artform at some after-work hangouts, for ladies to guess where a guy worked:
navy pinstripe suits indicated a bank, doublebreasted suits meant insurance, charcoal gray suits were brokerages.

Today it is trivial for 21-25 year old women; red shirt is a computer superstore, blue shirt is big box retailer, and
white shirts with a yellow smiley face means WalMartians...

Re:The Uniform (2, Funny)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274641)

Ooh ooh, do me!

I wear a t-shirt, khaki shorts and sandals. Sometimes with socks.

Give up? I'm a grad student. They don't pay me enough to wear real shoes or full length pants.

It's a Zonk! (-1, Flamebait)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274497)

At least this isn't as stupid as his WOMEN in X gaming articles he was posting a few months back.

What has happened to /.?

Re:It's a Zonk! (-1, Offtopic)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274577)

"What has happened to /.?"

nothing, it's been like this since last millenium.

Re:It's a Zonk! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274639)

zonk happened. Of course, before him it was michael sims, jon katz, etc. slashdot has a long history of sucking.

I understand the Best Buy response (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274505)

I can appreciate the humor but I also understand why the Best Buy folks were freaked out by it.

One time when I was working in the UC San Diego college bookstore back in the 1980's, a bunch of activists came in with cameras to film everybody and the inside of the store. They were eventually escorted out by Campus Security, but it really unnerved some people, because we weren't sure who they were or what they were going to do with film they shot. There was talk that the activists were going to identify us and attack us another time away from the store to get back at the "establishment" and those of us who were helping the "establishment".

So I understand why the Best Buy folks might be a bit unnerved by this event. I suspect if I was an employee, I would have been also.

It's funny indeed (5, Insightful)

citking (551907) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274531)

To all of the people who complain about the stunts, the immaturity, the panic, the idiotic ideas...lighten up!

I hate to generalize (Ok, I love it, but pretend for a second I don't) but our society today needs some humor. We hear "terrorist this" and "gas prices that" and "x troops killed today in Iraq by insurgents..." every day. We seem so drenched in sadness and tragedy sometimes we forget what we are: free!

As long as a flash mob/stunt doesn't injure innocent bystanders and cause undue distress to officials I don't see the harm. The way that these people carry out "missions" with their "agents" is harmless. I admit that there is no screening process and no, I wouldn't want to be a manager on duty that day at Best Buy. But these stunts are things that you can look back upon 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years later and grin. We need humor! I give my props to the people who have the audacity to go out there, do something very strange while surreptitiously documenting it, and post it for the rest of us to enjoy later! Way to go!

In a world filld with bad news, depressing ideas, and bad people, it's enlightening to smile at the deeds of others without having read it on Fark [fark.com] or the Darwin Awards [darwinawards.com].

I know I enjoyed the missions (the pantsless ones are priceless!) and I think that they have a great way of making people laugh. If you don't enjoy, that's fine. I don't get British humor and I hate Monty Python. Some humor isn't for everybody. But lighten up!

Re:It's funny indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274604)

"Lighten up!" Is that what you tell a rape victim?

They are disrupting people's day, causing real security issues (not perceived, but absolutely genuine), and interfering with business and the fundamental right to be left alone.

One can scream "Lighten up!" while being physically removed or even arrested. The plea will get noted in a report somewhere, but have no other bearing whatsoever.

Re:It's funny indeed (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274646)

What pisses me off is that we don't have more video of Agent Reeves.

Thomas Crowne Affair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274565)

That is absolutely outstanding. Rene and Pierce are liberal as fukall, but that was a good movie. It had subtleness to the pinnacle of any James Bond movie.

And I'll be honest: FUCK worst buy.

It's too bad they didn't steal trade secrets, sell them to CompUSA, then send accounting records to the New York Times and any other anti-capitalism newspaper that would review them for "discrepances".

Up your god damn ass, Worst Buy.

Bust buy: Proving once again how assholes they are (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15274576)

Droping the chance of free publicity has to be once of the worse moves in history. Calling the cops on potential costumers?, what's next.

And don't get me started on cops wasting taxpayers dollars attending a non threatning situation just only because a BB manager freaked out, go and fight crime pigs!!!.

Philisophical analogy (-1, Offtopic)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274621)

If I went into Best Buy wearing a clown costume and started squirting people with a plastic flower... could one claim that this too was harmless fun?

Re:Philisophical analogy (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274632)

Ah, but you are physically attacking people.

And by definition, clowns aren't funny.
To quote Cmdr. Vimes:
"If it was funny, clowns wouldn't be doing it." Cmdr. Vimes, Diskworld by Terry Prachet

Unreported (5, Funny)

Zepalesque (468881) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274625)

Unreported were 5 red-shirt clad improv artists at the same event. Unfortunately they all were all killed by a freak car accident in the parking lot ;)

Works at the supermarket too (5, Funny)

kbob88 (951258) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274636)

Try wearing khaki pants, a white button down shirt, and a tie next time you shop at the supermarket. I used to have to wear that at work, and we'd often go to the Jewel supermarket deli counter for lunch. Usually I'd get mistaken for a store manager at least once per visit.

Eventually I stopped trying to tell little old ladies that I didn't work there. I had gotten to know the store well enough that it was easier to just tell them where their item was...

Hmm... (0, Flamebait)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274654)

This is about the stupidist thing I've ever heard of. Essentially, a bunch of trust fund babies deciding to hassle the working class. I'm reminded of Bertie Wooster stealing policemens' hats. "Well, they like it, just like foxes like to be hunted." It's not coincidental that Wodehouse was popular in Soviet Russia.

Dice (1)

writermike (57327) | more than 7 years ago | (#15274671)

"Thomas Crown Affair! Thomas Crown Affair!," one employee shouted.

Please, allow me to quote Dice Clay.

"You fucking geek." :-)
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