Whitehaven’s All Shook Up, Part II
So, Jennifer — our friendly neighborhood Walgreens “photo assistant” — did you ever locate that hand-held, Elvis-embossed fan the lady abandoned her purchase at the counter to try to find?
I didn’t think so.
What about the Elvis beer can opener? Or the house slippers made in his image?
It’s always amazing what lengths “fans” (I shy quickly away from the term “obsessives”)will go to show that they’re “down with the King.”
Really now, people, let’s think about this. Is it absolutely necessary to adorn the drooly baby in the lop-sided stroller in a bib with sideburns on it? How much mileage will Grandma — who couldn’t make the sojourn so soon after her hip replacement — get out of the Elvis pot handle cooler?
Makin’ money on Elvis is nothing new. We’ve written about it in the paper. But out and about in the increasing chaos are some doozies.
Take for instance Entrepreneur #1: Now, this guy is an enterpriser. He shows up at an area convenience store, walks in and walks out with a skid of bottled water. Nothing unusual there.
Now, check this out: this genius pops the trunk of his car, takes out this envelope and retrieves a handful of Elvis headshot stickers.
What happens next? You guessed it.
After placing stickers over what looks like what were intended to be Ozarka labels on each bottle, he closes shop, grabs the first batch and heads right up to the corner.
“Ice cold water! Have a drink with the King” He’s yelling it at cars stopped at the light. And folks are rolling down their windows!
“Ice cold ELVIS water! Right here!” JUST $3.
By the time I stop laughing, I realized that I might have potentially missed out on a good hustle.
Too hot. Not that serious.
Can’t wait to see what “retail creativity” tonight’s candlelight vigil will bring, though.