Sick of illegal fly-posting for concerts and other events in your neighborhood?
Sick of having to pay higher rates because of the expense to council in cleaning it up?
Try the solution that Glasgow Council came up with: pay council workers to slap “Cancelled” stickers on the illegal posters instead! Then sit back and watch the event promoters have to deal with confused ticketholders for days while new ticket sales grind to a halt.
A spokesman said it was hoped the move would send fans into a panic and bring chaos to the Rock Ness phone lines.
Colin Edgar, the council’s head of PR and marketing, added: “We expect that it will cause real difficulty for the advertisers.
“If the ordinary folk who have bought tickets think it is cancelled, they can get in touch with the promoters.
We want the life of the promoters to be made difficult and for fans to call them.
“If a member of the public is distressed, we regret that.
“However, the people who should be apologising are the people who are paying people to illegally fly-post the city centre.”
Cue the Wah-ambulance as the concert promoters say that the council is “mean-spirited”: poor babies.
A Rock Ness spokesman said: “Fans have spent a lot of money, time and effort getting organised for one of the most anticipated weekends of the year.
“They were worried that the weekend they have so been looking forward to had been cancelled. The council are being mean-spirited.”
You know, I think those promoters may just need a teeny tiny fainting couch!
And I’m still entirely on the council’s side:
“We are stopping fly-posting being a useful form of advertising. We come along and deface them, so the advertiser will become aware that illegal fly-posting won’t work.”
‘We want the life of the promoters to be difficult’
Go, Glasgow City Council, and may many more councils take note of your method.