Shame Alec Guinness Still Isn't Around..
..we could have hired him to wear a robe and wave his hand at the screen saying "this isn't the electrical retailer you're looking for"..
Dixons Retail is turning to the dark side this Christmas by hiring jackbooted camp war mongerer Darth Vader to star in a marketing campaign. The parent of Currys and PC World wants to make hard-pressed shoppers aware of improvements in customer service at its chains, though Vader is a strange choice as he couldn't muster his …
"....though Vader is a strange choice as he couldn't muster his troops to complete two Death Stars on time."
Wasn't the first one completed on time hence the Emperors line of a fully functional Death Star or something like that in the first movie? Just making sure I remember the films right.....
*I think the icon speaks for what happened next in the film though.
...quite an important point of the plot was that the second death star was, in fact, already functional (if poorly-defended) - hence the whole "It's a trap!" thing.
Your homework is to watch the trilogy again, and pay attention this time.
(Oh dear. I just weighed in to an online argument over Star Wars plots. This is not a good sign...)
The second death star was intentionally designed to look as if it was still under construction, but when the rebels attack, the Emperor says something about "witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station".
So both death stars were completed (at least according to Mr. Lucas, who is I believe the authority on these matters). I won't try to comment on the timeliness w.r.t. scheduled completion time but reflecting on the incentives that Mr. Vader is able to put into operation I very much doubt they were far behind schedule...
First time in ages, I ventured out yesterday to look for some RJ45 bits. Maplin first - got most of it. Then, I though I'd look inside Comet and the new PC World/Currys in Reading (at the stadium).
Place was tumbleweed-empty, echoing chamber full of bright shiny things in tight rows you couldn't see over, at right angles to the door. Mezzanine floor so low the downstairs felt claustrophobic.
I'm checking over the networking "area" (overpriced heavy plastic cables and nothing else) when an "assistant" who looks slightly desperate to do SOMEthing today asks if she can help.
"I'm looking for an RJ45 doubler which echoes the lines through. I don't think you have any, it was probably a bit of a stretch for PC World."
"I'll just ask someone if we have something like that" she says.
Out of courtesy, I stick around for 10 minutes looking at Kindle (which I'd buy online anyway were I getting one). She never returns.
It used to take ages to scare off the assitants. I think they're getting flightier.
I eagerly anticipate the demise of this ersatz techie retailer. For at least 20 years now DSG have excelled at supplying crap to customers who wouldn't know a tape drive from sonic screwdriver. Lord help the customer who had a problem, the Sale of Goods Act didn't seem to apply to them. They deserve every shade of shit they get.
In the late 90s. I went into a store wanting a surround sound system. I told the sales assistant which one I wanted and politely explained that if anyone tried to sell me an extended warranty I would walk out. The guy at the till tried to sell me an extended warranty and I did walk out. Bought the same item for less online - just had to wait a couple of days for delivery. I've never been back, and can't say I miss it.
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