For those who don't know, I used to work at Dexter's Factory Outlet Shoe Store in Corning, NY. We didn't exactly wow the head office in Dexter, ME with our sales, but we did okay. It didn't help that during the tourist season in 2002 the street was torn up in order to replace the crumbling water pipes. They called it the "Big Dig," after Boston's enormous project by the same name.This came on the heels of Corning Inc.'s stock bottoming out, just barely avoiding becoming another casuality when the telecom bubble burst. (The stock eventually plunged to about a $1.) Since we weren't swamped with customers, we had lots of time on our hands.
I took this picture of one of the porta potties situated on the street and drew up a fake ad. I posted it on the bathroom door using a Mr. Hanky, the Christmas Poo, magnet. (We were serious South Park aficionados at Dexter's and had a whole collection of magnets. Boss ended up with them when we closed, probably because he had bought them.)
The ad drew lots of comments and laughs. So I sent Ed's Heads a copy and told them they were free to use it if they wanted. I never did hear from them.
Our store was closed for good in October, 2003. At one time, Dexter's had 90+ outlet stores across the country. Most of them are now closed. I heard that a dozen were still in operation, although I think they've become Super Shoe Stores.