Every day I drive through a particular intersection multiple times. The most common topic of conversation in our car while we wait at the light is the teen-aged boys who dances on the street corner holding a Little Caesar’s $5 Hot’N’Ready Pizza sign. While most people who do this just wave the sign around while listening to music on their ipod, these guys really dance, making it a somewhat entertaining experience.
The other day my thirteen year old was just hyper. He was being silly, making noise, and (to be honest) bugging everyone in sight. Not doing anything bad, just being kind of in your face and unbelievably persistent about it. Boy, oh boy, did he want some attention!
(I figure if you’re making a face like that while your Mom is trying to take a picture of your cute little sister, and you get warned that it’s going on the blog if you don’t get out of the way, well…. you deserve to have it on the blog. I have some 30 pictures of him doing things like this, but usually I forbear.)
Thirty minutes later I was once again observing the dancing Little Caesar’s guy.
And then it hit me.
Little Caesar’s is doing it all wrong.
They’re paying kids to do this! I think they could get it for free. What they should do is make their signs available to parents of teenagers. When your son needs a dose of humility, you simply drop him off on a street corner with a Little Caesar’s sign, drive across the street, and watch. And laugh. And calm down.
Then you pick them back up when they’re ready to be nice and when some other kid gets dropped off.
I think it’s a great idea. In fact, it sounds like a win-win solution to me. Little Caesar’s gets free advertising, teenage boys get to be weird in front of a crowd, and parents get to cool off. Everyone else gets to smile, or wave, or look away, or honk, or go buy a pizza, or whatever.
I’ve already told him I’m going to track down a sign…