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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Can You Hear Me Screw You Now?

Can You Hear Me Screw You Now?
Some stuff just bothers me.  It shouldn’t but it does…it is a curse.  The latest thing that is the aluminum foil on my fillings is the Verizon Guy.  Make that the ex-Verizon Guy.

Remember the “Can you hear me now guy?”  For 11 years he was the voice of Verizon letting you know that Verizon had the best most reliable coverage in the country.  The only place I’ve ever seen this guy is in those commercials.  I’m sure he is a competent actor, but he was and is never going to be a leading man or a big shot in the entertainment industry.
The “Can you hear me now guy” hit the jackpot with his Verizon role.  He had eleven years of steady work in an industry that most participants spend more time working on lines of “May I help you” or “I’ll be your server tonight,” than they do in front of a camera.  I’m guessing he made a lot of money from Verizon simply saying “Can you hear me now?”  He was the face of a large corporation and what does he do?
At the first opportunity he changes allegiance and is now hawking the services of Verizon rival Sprint.
Way to go dude.  Way to stick it to the company that put you on the map and made you a boat load of money.  Now I don’t know all the facts.  Maybe Verizon screwed the guy.  Maybe he has a good reason to stick it to Verizon.  If not, he is a turncoat, a traitor, a prick.
Every time I now see this dude knocking Verizon and pushing Sprint I have two thoughts.
First: How could someone screw over a company that he made so much from doing so little?  If it was just money couldn’t he have first gone to Verizon and ask for payment to NOT do the Sprint commercial.  They probably would have paid him to continue his loyalty rather than be embarrassed by his becoming the face of Sprint.
Second: I am not a lawyer, but what idiot at Verizon did not demand this guy sign a no-compete clause before making him the face of Verizon.
How does all this affect me?  Why does it get my panties in a bunch?
I told you, it’s a curse.

23 comments:

  1. I Googled it. Verizon let him go. Said they were moving in another direction.He writes and produces movies too. Can you unbunch your panties now?? :D

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  2. you really are a scholar .why don't you think over little bigger problems .
    just joking .

    in today's world no one is as stupid .i am sure he has his reasons to do so

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  3. obviously I haven't seen either of these but I'm surprised that Sprint took him on I would have thought that someone who was so strongly identified with a rival would only remind everyone of that rival (as he does you) each time he was seen and also, doesn't it kind of devalue their service for people to think that their main promoter is purely in it for the money rather than the belief that they really are the best? I suspect I'm over thinking this Joe - maybe that's my curse ...

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  4. He is an actor and he has to be acting to make money. I have no problem with him switching. I am sure that they make everyone sign no compete clauses now.

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  5. It does make me wonder what Sprint was thinking in this case. That, i guess, is show business.

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  6. Well, at least he's earning an income and paying his taxes (and giving cranky old guys something to complain about lol). Seriously dude, you do get worked up about stuff.

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  7. Well, I suppose it's healthier to get your 'knickers in a twist' about this than to pay too much attention to Presidential election shenanigans...

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  8. Today, Loyalty is is only wallet deep.

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  9. I've not watched commercials in years so I didn't know Verizon let him go. He was irritating way back when and I would have let him go too.

    I'm sorry your panties are in a bunch.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  10. Non-compete clauses generally only last for a couple years. In fact, they usually won't hold up in court if they go on for more than two years.

    On a related note, though, your commenters turned on you this time out. You entertain us day in and day out and you tackle some hot topics and the Verizon guy is what makes the crowd grab torches and pitchforks?

    Remind me to stay away from this topic on my page!

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  11. Cranky? Cranky? Can you hear me now? It doesn't matter, Cranky. There are more important things to get upset about these days. Like...well...I guess nothing that really compares to the important of cell phone coverage, now that I think about it. As far as Sprint is concerned, what better advertising for them than to have THAT GUY, the main guy, from their competitor "switch over" to their company. It's brilliant. "Hey, our company is so good that even THAT GUY switched over!!"

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  12. As noted, Verizon fired him. I don't know if it was simply a contract non-renewal or an outright "there's the door". And I'm sure he did have a non-compete clause, but obviously it has expired. If not Sprint wouldn't have touched the guy, and Verizon would have Sprint in court before the commercial aired the second time. I frankly doubt Verizon gives a hoot.

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  13. Eleven years isn't exactly the first opportunity to change allegiance.

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  14. I was happy to see this guy go and unhappy to see him again when he returned.

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  15. I am so glad I fast forward past commercials and was spared this angst.

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  16. Yeah, I know. I wondered about this disloyalty too. Somebody on Verizon's legal staff is probably in trouble, right?
    https://www.fastcocreate.com/3060648/how-sprint-got-verizons-can-you-hear-me-now-guy-to-change-teams

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  17. there had to be time between his contracts...

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  18. Rx:
    Xanax, 0.5mg as needed, another 0.5mg in 30 minutes if needed. Do not exceed 2.0mg in 24 hours.
    Pro Bono
    Mike

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  19. Since he's working for Sprint now, can that guy come stand out in front of my house holding a big antenna like we used to have for TV reception? Because I have Sprint, and their reception SUCKS! When they flash that map of coverage, I can see us in the nonexistent zone.

    My son Genius made us get Sprint so he could have unlimited data for $10 a month. Now they want to stop it, but we are grandfathered in. So I have unlimited data but use almost nothing here in the black hole, while Genius lives in a more civilized section of the state and continues to reap the benefits of my sawbuck.

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  20. You're watching too much tv dude. Go practice on that new guitar:)

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  21. I have to agree with you, someone at Verizon should have made him sign a no compete cause. Actually he annoyed me then with "can you hear me now" and his latest ad campaign for Sprint. Always had Verizon for our cell phone coverage. Don't need advertisements to keep me there as a loyal customer. Like the service, hate the change to switch to a different provider. Besides, I think of a cell phone as a necessity. I'm not one to "live" on my phone like so many others. It is common knowledge in our house if you want to reach me, it is more than likely not going to happen by calling or texting me on my phone :) (just saying)

    betty

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