A TRUE STORY FROM THE BANNER BARON
Perhaps you’ve heard the quote that “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Turns out that Mark Twain made that remark, which I didn’t know, but I do now, and so do you if you’re reading this. Real life is filled with occurrences that are far more interesting than anything we could make up. Since my weekly notes to you are basically advertising, I want to make sure that we always tell the truth so that we maintain your trust and loyalty. We won’t make outrageous claims or promises that we can’t back up. Telling the truth is always the best thing to do, but this week I saw something really strange that made me reconsider that statement.
I was in a retail establishment, shopping with hundreds of other people, and I was assisted by a young man in his twenties, sporting a neck tattoo from ear to ear, that read “Persona Non Grata”. Now, I’m not a Latin scholar but I know that this famous phrase means an unacceptable or unwelcome person. What was this guy trying to tell me? Who hired this guy and put him on the sales floor to greet customers? Even if he were telling the truth, is this something I needed to know? I’m still scratching my head over this one but be assured there are no “personae non grata” working at eSigns. We’ve got our share of tattooed staffers, but none that carry any messages about antisocial behavior. And yes, this is a true story. I didn’t end up buying anything FROM this guy, but I was tempted to buy something FOR him.