Blaming The Messenger

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Seeing this truck parked outside my house reminded me of a story.

A little over a year ago, driving down a busy street, a dark green truck pulled up beside me. It was clearly, at one time, a Marshall Field’s truck, but a big white “Macy’s” banner had been attached to the side.

This was only a couple weeks after Macy’s announced that they were transforming the flagship State Street Marshall Field’s store into a Macy’s.

This truck, with a crappy New York store’s logo pasted over a respected Chicago brand name, was not well received by the surrounding motorists that day. People were honking, flipping the bird, and shouting epithets at the poor driver. “Screw You Macy’s!

I’ve never actually bought anything at Marshall Field’s or Macy’s, but it made me happy to see Chicagoans sticking up for their institutions.

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