The owner of Salvatore’s Pizzeria, a button-wearing Obama voluptuary who says “health care is killing us,” is slamming John McCain for pulling advertising and rally assets out of Michigan. In that spirit, she’s cooked up a promo stunt in which people can bring in their McCain-Palin lawn signs to exchange for free pizza, since obviously they won’t need the signs now that McCain has “given up on” them.
Of course, the inevitable has followed close on. Lawn signs are disappearing fast from lawns whose owners, wonder of wonders, would rather keep them there than trade them for greasy pizza from some self-important, spiteful shrew with a political axe to grind. At least one teenager has been caught in the act of making off with the things, and he has cited the free-pizza promo to police as his motive. Meanwhile, the folks at Salvatore’s says they’ve been collecting as many as 30 signs a day since McCain pulled advertising from Michigan (about two weeks ago), which amounts to hundreds of freebies in the last couple of weeks. (Hell, if she thinks health care is killing her, I imagine she’ll love seeing what this promo is doing for her business costs.)
Does the owner of Salvatore’s really think she bears no responsibility for the string of thefts? Did she honestly believe that it wouldn’t be an inevitable side-effect of the promo? More interestingly, how many people does she think she’s fooling with her contention that she bears no blame, given that she certainly never explicitly instructed anyone to steal signs?