Wednesday, May 22, 2013

...Or What?

On the tag of a recent garment purchase:


(Manufacturer/website name has been changed to protect the blogger.)

I have, in my time, registered dishes and kitchen appliances and various household goods. But never a piece of clothing.

If there were any mention of a warranty, on this or another label, then registration might make a glimmer of sense. (Though a simple receipt should suffice for a warranty claim.)

Is this a marketing ploy, designed to get my email address and other info, so the manufacturer can bombard me with special offers?

Or is something more sinister afoot?

A cyclist rides by, head down, legs working smoothly. Suddenly, a siren cuts the silence. Puzzled, the cyclist looks over her shoulder, to see a marked car behind her. The driver (a uniformed female) signals her to pull over, then climbs out of the car and approaches the cyclist. 
"Afternoon, ma'am. License and registration, please." 
"But ... I'm riding my bike. I don't have a license or registration." 
"Then I'm afraid we'll have to cite you, ma'am." 
"For what? Excuse me, officer, but who are you?" 
"I'm with the Bra Police, ma'am. Didn't you see the registration notice on your bra tag? Not a good idea to ignore these procedures, ma'am. If you can't produce proof of ownership, we may have to impound the article in question."

Perhaps I'd better head over to that website....

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53 comments:

  1. I needed this giggle today. Thank you. :)

    Blessings always

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    1. You're welcome, Vicki! Hope you're feeling good today. :)

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  2. Okay, so I Googled 'Register your sports bra' and discovered Champion have a bra registry: "Register your sports bra with us and we'll send you a reminder
    email when your bra may be wearing out!" Which begs the question how will they know? Maybe you should be checking for some kind of tracking device designed to record your bra's mileage?

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    1. I did think of that ... a tracking device ... how weird would that be? And really, how can they know? Is the bra designed to wear out after so many wearings or washings?

      I shall get out the microchip detection wand and wave it over the bra....

      :)

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  3. Uh, oh, Annie might be onto something! Um, I get at least three spammy emails a week, so my advice is DON'T DO IT!!! But now you've both got my curiousity going. I'm going to inspect one of said garment thoroughly when I get home. They better not have smuggled any mileage tracking device in there!!! Who needs to be hauling around the extra weight!!! Besides, it might interfere with my OWN mileage tracking app. :)

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    1. You said it! :)

      And I don't need any extra email, that's for sure. Can't even keep up with the ones I get from friends!

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  4. Oh my goodness! What will they think of next!?!?! They'll go to any extreme it seems to get your personal information now adays! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. That was my impression too ... thanks for commenting! :)

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  5. So the cyclist looked at the policeman, stuck out her tongue, then shouted "Knickers!!" to which the constable replied
    "Madam, anything you say may be taken down and used in evidence"...

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    1. Or merely taken - and used in evidence - which would create a problem in this case as most cyclists follow the practice known as "going commando".... :)

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    1. I hear ya! But it makes for a good blog post. ;)

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    1. You're probably right - should we email him? (How does one submit a joke idea in that direction?) :)

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  8. I have never heard of such a thing....what will they think of next. I had to laugh, but this is crazy!

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    1. Absolutely nutters. I had to laugh too. :)

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  9. Hahahahah. YOU made me laugh. I never fill those things out...
    too much info for me to give out. I swear they give all that info out to others tenfold

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    1. Isn't that the truth - and though there's usually some kind of (nearly invisible) opt-out, I don't even want to get that far in the process! :)

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  10. LOL! Who thinks of these ploys to get our info?!? It must be someone 1/2 my age as I can't imagine anyone I know wanting to register their undergarments! I hope you register before heading to CO!! That is one healthy state so bra police work overtime and undercover!!

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    1. Ooh, good point. They must be undercover as I certainly haven't noticed them on my previous visits.

      Now I'm trying to envision a Bra Police uniform.... :D

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  11. Hahahaha LOL. That is pretty funny!

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    1. Thanks Beth - I thought it was myself. Right up there with "do not use this curling iron in the shower". :)

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  12. This is great. What is the world coming too? I'd rather up my bra rather than give them my info!! My info is more important.

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    1. Gosh, that's a difficult choice. My info IS important, but then so is the bra....

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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  13. I'm chuckling and smiling at you as I type, Sue :-)
    Gracie xx

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    1. Thanks Gracie - we have to laugh about these things! :)

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  14. Never seen such :) here we don't register any goods...but you never know when they request you to tag your new hair band so that you can wear it without fear. the world is changing?

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    1. I think the world is changing ... soon there will be no privacy left! :)

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    2. They will know exactly what all things you are wearing today (including size, color, model)... or may be that will start sending you ideas for a tomorrow wardrobe: a precise list of the exact items you need to purchase (and register of course), and in case you want to sell or gift something???!! I better go and have some chamomile tea... :)

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  15. I had a laugh at your story!! Over here, bikes do need to be registered as there's an annual small fee to pay for 3rd party insurance. You receive a vignette which has to be clearly displayed on your bike. Helmets are also obligatory now.

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    1. I think some communities here do have bike registration (although many people don't comply or participate). Interesting about the helmets.

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  16. Maybe the only solution to avoiding the bra police is to go bra-less?! I spotted Annie's comment that they'll send a reminder that you may need a new one.....clutching at straws to get marketing information I reckon. Juliex

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    1. I think you're right ... and unfortunately bra-less is NOT an option! :)

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  17. Pretty funny Sue, Just the giggle I needed this AM.. know me I would Never fill those marketing things out. VBG Have a Lovely Holiday Weekend. Hugs Judy

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  18. Too funny, of course they want your e-mail address, but then again what if there is a recall on your bra and they need to get hold of you before something happens (sudden strap failure? ).

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  19. I think it's a mileage thing, Sue! The manufacturers just want to know whether your bra is capable of completing as many miles as you and your bicycle (a.k.a. The Dream Team). Perhaps your sports bra may join you and turn you into The Dream Trio?

    My mind is boggling.

    Stephanie

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    1. I like the sound of that ... A Gal, A Bike, and a Bra: The Dream Trio. (Cue the inspiring music.)

      :)

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  20. Oh, that's funny! Can you imagine? I am pretty sure there is a tag on our mattress that reads not to remove it or you could be fined....by who? Maybe its a special branch of the FBI... hey, FBB Federal bureau of bras ;)

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    1. I was thinking about those mattress tags too ... and the ones on pillows.

      FBB! :D

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  21. hehehe.......great mental picture Sue...

    Claire x

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    1. Thanks Claire ... up to the bit about impoundment, that is. :)

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  22. Oh Susan, you are the best! Hahahah! Have a nice weekend. Regula

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  23. I think they are just keeping abreast of the situation.

    I do hope its not a mileage thing, as I could be done for undue care and attention, my sports bra is older than my oldest boy and a bit more...don't know if that says I have an excellent bra, or that I don't exercise enough.

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    1. Oh Faith, you made me snort with laughter when I saw your comment ... and my mouth full of food too!

      As cycling is considered a "low impact" sport, I hope this one will be good for many thousands of miles. Although our roads are pretty bumpy in spots ... don't know if that raises riding to "medium impact"? :)

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  24. I found your blog through Stitching and Blooms. That is a weird request – to ask to register a bra. Your cycling story was fun.

    I looked at your past posts – your photos are excellent. I long to smell lilac – here in Georgia I think it is too warm for lilac to grow.

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  25. This is exactly why goats never wear bras. We value our privacy. At least your bra was not deemed a 'system'. Sports Protection And Mammary SYSTEM. What does that spell? Oy.

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  26. Snorting laughter coming from this end of the blog world. You are hilarious! Funny thing, generally those types of items are not returnable once they are worn anyway...not that I have ever tried. ;-)

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  27. Hysterical! Perhaps they are in cahoots with the maker of the FREE RANGE UNDERWEAR. Do you think so?

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