(In the following dialogue, Bob and Wayne are Mercedes executives.)
Wayne: “Bob, it’s a wagon, not a minivan.”
Bob: “Well it sure looks like a minivan. Why are we selling our minivans for $50,000?”
Wayne: “Bob, it’s not a minivan.”
Bob shows Wayne the following picture:
Wayne: “Okay. Maybe it is a minivan. Let’s stop selling these.”
That’s probably how the conversation went at Mercedes’s corporate offices this week, where they decided to stop selling the Mercedes R-Class “Wagon” in the United States. The automaker will, however, continue to manufacture the vehicle at its Alabama plant through 2015, shipping the $50,000 wagon/SUV/minivan to Canada, China and Mexico.
Why is Mercedes discontinuing R-Class sales efforts here? It only sold 300 so far this year!
Speaking of discontinuing things, there are a few things I’d like to be in charge of discontinuing in the office. If you share a refrigerator with coworkers, you’ve probably been smacked in the face with the smell of old cooked fish, expired milk, and decaying sandwiches when you swing those metallic silver doors open in the morning. It’s a little aggravating. This behavior has been rampant where I work (when not writing) recently. Our typical end of the month fridge clean hasn’t happened, so I thought it would be a favor to my fellow office mates if I forced the issue. The following is my gentle reminder to fridge violators about common space etiquette.
Please note that we are now a good ways through March.
Got any office peeves? Or do you just need a new car?