Last summer, I saw someone on the street corner by David’s Burgers wearing a cute little hamburger costume. The figure was small, so I thought it might be a girl, but I couldn’t tell because the costume covered her completely. The character was engaging; however, I wondered how hot that outfit must have been. If the person inside felt the heat, she didn’t show it. She was doing a little dance and waving at the traffic. I wish I’d been able to take her picture, but at rush hour it was impossible.
|This guy was advertising Halloween costumes|
Since then, I’ve waved at several costumed folks promoting businesses. I don’t know if these characters draw customers. I’ve never run right into a business because of one, but I sure admire the people wearing those getups. That goes especially for the Lady Liberty I saw recently standing outside in freezing temperatures and the sweaty chicken waving on Cantrell Road in front of a gold-buying establishment last summer (Those rubber chicken commercials were the worst! I muted the television and looked away, just on principle.)
When I see an individual willing to dress up in an outlandish rig and wave at passing traffic, I think, “There’s someone who isn’t too proud to work.” It makes me wish I owned a business and could offer him employment with potential for advancement. If I did, you can bet I’d stop and talk to them.