Man Becomes Laughing Stock as His Ad Campaign Runs a Funny Typo | “Print It Exactly as I Wrote It! No Changes!”
Some people refuse to accept their mistakes. They are somehow in denial and insist that people do exactly what they had asked for. The world has plenty of such inflexible people though we all know that inflexibility or rigidity does not help us succeed. Rigidity accompanied by stupidity is a lethal combination. LOL.
u/ashleyorelse shared a story on the subreddit, Malicious Compliance about an anonymous bloke whose stubbornness sparked fits of laughter. The OP worked as an editor of a local small-town newspaper. He ran into a man who wanted his ad printed in the newspaper for upcoming elections. Those who are even slightly aware of how writing an ad works can tell the importance of editing and proofreading a copy to eliminate typos. Typos may be common in the age of quick texting but a single comma can turn a sentence upside down and cost someone dearly. The man who turned up at OP's office for his election campaign ruined his ad because he was reluctant to accept the typo mistake. OP explained, "He'd done this a few times before in a number of unsuccessful bids for election. Now, he had returned and was giving us an earful."
Losing several times, he said, "The only reason I lost the last time was because all my ads got changed and looked stupid." Agreed. Sometimes, some agencies tweak things more than necessary. But he put the entire blame on ad printers. This time around, he committed a similar mistake. But if the ad text happens to have misspelled words and grammatical errors, how can one not change that before the final print comes out? The OP recalled, "He'd misspelled the name of the office he had been running for, so we had corrected it. Apparently, that made the ad look different from what he wanted and had somehow cost him the election."
"The man entered and shouted, 'I'm paying you for these ads, so this time, I demand you print it exactly as I wrote it! No changes,'" said the OP. The only way to deal with a blockhead is to affirm whatever they are saying because it is hard to reason with closed-minded people. The OP further shared, "It made my job easy. I thought there was no need to proofread this. Just send it to our advertising person. Ah, but let me look at it anyway. I read it over and told others and it wasn't long before the whole office had a good laugh." His advertisement read: "(His name) for (elected office)! Always there, for you to help!" Hahaha, the misplaced comma ruined everything. Do you think he won this time? Of course not. LOL.
The OP added, "What makes it even better is we later learned he had apparently made a similar speech and demand at the offices of other newspapers where he ran the advertising as well, so they all had the same wording." A wrong comma turned him into a laughing stock. If he hadn't been stubborn about having things done his way, maybe the ad would have worked.