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Friday, August 22, 2008

Pagliacci Gets Pranked

posted by on August 22 at 9:16 AM


Monica Guzman has the story at the Seattle P-I’s Big Blog:

Pizzerias all over Seattle got some unusual—and somewhat offensive—postcards in the mail this week.

Addressed to “stupid competitor,” the postcards appear to be from Pagliacci Pizza.

But they’re not, said Pagliacci co-owner Matt Galvin. At least, the familiar Seattle pizza chain didn’t send them. They’re apparently part of some anonymous joke. And Pagliacci is left to do damage control.

Full story here. (And anyone with guesses re: the identity/motive of the postcard prankster, feel free to share ‘em in the comments. I smell a disgruntled employee, but there’s also a light performance-art scent wafting through…)

Postcard scan from the P-I/Suzuki + Chou Communimedia.

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Posted by Mimi | August 22, 2008 9:18 AM

Someone's gonna go swimming with concrete slippers.

Posted by Sirkowski | August 22, 2008 9:23 AM

I don't want any spunk on my pizza.

Posted by Darcy | August 22, 2008 9:25 AM

I laughed.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 9:31 AM

It's weird the writer knew to hyphenate "hand-tossed" but not "clean-up" (noun).

Posted by Simac | August 22, 2008 9:31 AM

It was definitely a witty meta-prankster.

Posted by Gomez | August 22, 2008 9:33 AM

Pagliacci's pizza fucking sucks. I'd rather eat Pizza Hut than that shit.

Posted by T | August 22, 2008 9:34 AM

@3, that was my thought when I read the postcard.

Posted by Fitz | August 22, 2008 9:34 AM

@7 you obviously have no taste.

Or are YOU the disgruntled prankster!?!?

Posted by boxofbirds | August 22, 2008 9:38 AM

Sounds like someone at Pagliacci figured out a way to get their ad in all the papers for free. Sweet.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 10:09 AM

Gentle surrealism. The very best type of prank.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 22, 2008 10:11 AM

The scan above is from where I work, All Purpose Pizza in Leschi (Hi Paul! Hope the onions on your pizza last night were "Fierce" enough for your friend).

When we got the postcard (thinking it was real), I thought it was totally hilarious/totally un-classy. I'm kind of disappointed it was a prank.

Posted by Asa | August 22, 2008 10:17 AM

A couple of days ago I received a similar direct-mail card for some lumber supplier which described how they were "Inconveniently Located at" and then the addresses. I wondered if there's a prankster at the printing company that does these things.

Posted by tiktok | August 22, 2008 10:22 AM

@12: Hi, Asa. The pizza was great, thanks—you guys are my favorite. I'm sorry that Pagliacci thinks you're stupid.

Posted by Paul Constant | August 22, 2008 10:30 AM

Hey, just follow the money. Who paid for the bulk-mailing postage permit?

Posted by rob | August 22, 2008 10:59 AM

A prank is not the same thing as performance art. Please make a note of it.

Posted by Greg | August 22, 2008 11:56 AM

And attributing a prank with a "light, performance-art scent" is not the same thing as calling it performance art. Please make a note of it.

Posted by David Schmader | August 22, 2008 12:14 PM

Re: 15: A humorless performance artist? Who woulda thunk it?

Posted by Faren Kinley | August 22, 2008 12:18 PM

not that hard to call up the USPS bulk mail unit and find out whose signature is on the most recent postage statement for permit 1932

Posted by josh b | August 22, 2008 12:29 PM

We blame The Incredible Sulk.

Posted by Natalie Merchant's Exposed Breasts | August 22, 2008 1:28 PM

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