In a bizarre story widely reported today, some “suspicious” signs that looked like Lite Brites were mistaken by Boston officials as part of an elaborate terrorist scheme.
“Officials found a slew of blinking electronic signs adorning bridges and other high-profile spots across the city Wednesday, prompting the closing of a highway and the deployment of bomb squads.
It is outrageous, in a post 9/11 world, that a company would use this type of marketing scheme, “Mayor Thomas Menino said. “I am prepared to take any and all legal action against Turner Broadcasting and its affiliates for any and all expenses incurred during the response to today’s incidents.”
That Boston intends to sue Turner Boradcasting only adds to the idiocy of their severe over reaction. Throwing gasoline onto the fire, the good folks who mistook this act as an elaborate hoax will look ever more foolish as the case unfolds.
“Turner said the devices have been in place for two to three weeks in 10 (!) cities: Boston; New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Atlanta; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Austin, Texas; San Francisco; and Philadelphia.”
If Boston succeeds in squeezing so much as a dime from Cartoon Network, the terrorists win.