|THE GREAT VENICE BEACH
DIME GIVEAWAY Skep × ti × cism n. A doubting or questioning attitude or state of mind; dubiety.
It sure aint like the good old days, is it? People are just so darn skeptical. Sigh. So in an effort gage the suspicion level of the general populace, we decided to give away money, no strings attached. We sat on the Venice Beach boardwalk with a jar full of dimes and the following poster:
The Great Venice Beach
This results in a 100% profit for you!
Employees of The Toilet Paper are not eligible to participate. The woman selling straw dolls next to us saw the strange looks we were getting and finally got up to read the poster. "Youre giving out dimes? For a nickel?" We had our first customer.
But giving away money was an uphill battle from there on out. "Get a job!"
one man yelled at us.
For the next hour people paused, read the sign, gave us questioning looks and walked on. Not a single person dared to make the exchange. Flustered, we stepped up the marketing campaign, chanting, "Free money! Free money! Get your free money here!" Alas this discouraged people even more. "Maybe the signs too complicated," we reasoned and created another, simpler poster:The Great Venice Beach
DIME GIVEAWAY ASK FOR YOUR FREE DIME!
Fifteen minutes later we got our first real customer. A girl approached and said, "Youre weird, but cool. Can I have my dime?"
"Hey Momma! Momma, get over here," the straw-doll-woman next to us called out to a homeless lady digging through the trash. "Momma, tell these guys to give you a dime." Customer number two. The customers came pouring in after that:
And that marked the end of the day. Seven hours, ten dimes. The great Venice Beach Dime Giveaway.