My barber analogy was not airtgiht, as many commentators noted. A big failing was that I could not think of any other area in life where it is peoples’ mission to relentlessly scour a company for an error, pounce when one is found, then claim to be victimized if it is not honored, all the while pretending to be an innocent customer who just happened on a ‘deal’ that they naturally believed to be reasonable.
Something like following a clerk in a supermarket who is tasked with manually price tagging every single product, then jumping with glee when the hand slips to a wrong price, but then of course the clerk would wonder why someone was following him around, so it strains credibility.
So, readers, show your creativity and perspicacity. Submit your analogy in the comments section. Have fun with it, emphasis on creativity.
Update: to be clear, this is open to analogies suggesting why it is good OR not good to partake in this ‘deal.’ The purpose is to exchange ideas in a way that is stimulating.
The prize? Well of course it is the estimated cash value of what many have claimed to be a perfectly reasonable price for a ticket to Hong Kong: 4 miles one-way (excluding taxes and fees). Valuing United miles at a standard 1 cent/mile, the prizes are:
Grand prize: 8 cents (USD)
Runner-up: 4 cents (USD)
Prizes payable by PayPal
How will entrants be judged? Entirely subjectively. By me. Reader +1s of support for specific entrants will be considered but not definitive (too much work to try to hack-proof the system).
Entry deadline: 11:59 am EDT 20 July 2012.
*not really nearly enough for a trip to Hong Kong, unless saved for several hundred years at market interest rates.