True Sake Protest - Thank God AT&T Does NOT Make Sake
It has been a running joke (albeit a bad one) that the True Sake store does not have AT&T cell reception. For 8 years we have had zero bars. For 8 years we have had "No Signal." And for 8 years we just sort of laughed it up! In fact for me to make a cell call or send a text I must walk into the middle of Hayes Street, stand on one foot and raise my cell to the heavens with my right hand just to send a text. I have to take off certain articles of clothing to make a call. (Yes that picture circulating on the net of the naked Statue of Liberty guy standing in the middle of the street is me trying to make a phone call.)
Well, one day the joke wasn't funny. My daughter was hurt at school and they tried to phone and alert me. No signal. No reception. Yes big anger! I was pissed. So I decided to tell AT&T what I thought using my powers of window display creation skills.
In a word the window has been a hit. People stop, laugh, nod in agreement, and then take a picture. We have had vans from competing cellular service carriers stop and take pictures, all the while laughing their rears off. I have been told that it is now on YouTube and Flickr.
However! AT&T has not been laughing. They sent several representatives to "explain" themselves. I wasn't really interested in their excuses. Then higher and higher ups came to "offer their services." Eventually the President of AT&T Wireless paid a visit. The long and short of it is that they offered us a micro-cell tower for the store. I have repeatedly told them that I did not do the window to benefit me, but rather I want cell service for all of Hayes Valley. They have come back with an offer to get micro-cell towers for all of the merchants in Hayes Valley. A good start, but we just want regular cell service. PERIOD!
So herewith is the window display that voices my displeasure with idiocy of not having cell service in a major city in the United States of America.
I'd like to Thank Sven Wiederholt - the Renaissances Man - for shooting the window!!
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