Thursday, December 6, 2012
Later, the guy at the Honda dealership lets this kid take a Civic out for a test drive
As near as I can figure, Mommy has brought Junior with her to Best Buy to do some Christmas shopping in this ad. There are an awful lot of commercials out there showing parents with their kids Christmas shopping. I've never understood this. My parents never brought me shopping with them when they went to get presents. Ok, so maybe Mommy can't afford a sitter (but she's checking out Apple products- Priorities, Priorities!) Maybe she's not buying for Junior. I don't know.
But never mind that, because now the ad goes cutesy, and then a little creepy. Mom suddenly vanishes, leaving Junior free to play with all the Very Expensive Toys available at Best Buy. The kid uses an I Phone to locate and attempt to call Santa (I think it's kind of sad that a kid this age knows how to manipulate the technology like this. I would have no idea how to ask an I Phone a question like this myself.) When that doesn't work, he looks for Santa online. Another fail.
Then Best Buy Employee- who doesn't seem to mind that Mom has apparently decided that the store will make a perfectly good baby sitter while she runs off to do her REAL Christmas shopping (the employee TOLD HER that the Apple products were awesome- why is Junior the only one checking them out? Is the final decision to purchase up to this kid?) He makes a "helpful" suggestion to the kid to look for Santa on "Facetime" or something (no, I don't want to know what this is, thanks anyway.) Frankly, if I worked at Best Buy and saw a kid this age fucking around with an a piece of expensive, fragile equipment, I'd give him a suggestion that didn't sound like "keep using that."
Except...maybe Best Buy Employee wants Junior to break the piece of expensive, fragile equipment so that if and when Mommy ever comes back, she might be forced to pay for it. Not a great idea, Best Buy Employee, because Mommy could turn around and accuse you of steering your kid to inappropriate internet sites (I can imagine that "Talk to Santa" can lead to a hundred nasty places) and even if she ends up paying for the damaged device, the store manager isn't going to appreciate your methods all that much. Hey, maybe Best Buy Employee is trying to get himself fired? Or maybe he knows what his regular paycheck looks like and is just thinking "I don't give a flying damn if the kid breaks something I know I will never be able to afford as long as I work here, so to hell with it."