What would you do for money?

KFC has a new marketing scheme that may have Col. Sanders turning in his grave. As part of its campaign to promote the Double Down sandwich – and attract the attention of male students – the chicken chain is paying coeds at several colleges $500 to wear customized sweat pants emblazoned with an ad on the backside. All coeds have to do is contact KFC’s Facebook page to get outfitted so they can hand out KFC gift checks and use their buns to sell the bunless sandwiches

In a press release, KFC admits to using the “human billboards” to reach its “key target of young men.” While nobody is forcing the young ladies to get involved in the campaign, some of their fathers might not be too happy about it.

But, hey, 500 bucks is 500 bucks. In this economy – and especially for college students ­– that’s nothing to cluck at. When it comes to making a buck, people often do things they might be too proud of later. When I was in college I joined Skid Row denizens and donated plasma for cash – and that was only $40.

We’ve all seen people dressed as Lady Liberty pounding the pavement and waving signs during tax season. In “Santaland Diaries” humorist David Sedaris wrote about his experiences working as a department store elf. I once had a high school buddy who wore a gorilla suit to attract customers to a Dairy Queen. Although it was entertaining to watch him make a fool of himself, he said the temperature inside was 110 degrees. Besides, since when did King Kong become a Dilly Bar fan?

What’s the weirdest thing you were paid to do as part of a job? Was it worth it? Would you do it again? Tell us about it.

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4 comments Add your comment

Mr. Ed

September 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

I sure as heck would not turn my tush into a walking billboard for any amount of money. Especially if I was a young female. Some guy might really want to try and “Double Down” for real.


September 25th, 2010
5:17 pm

It’s “Santaland Diaries” you idiot not “Dairies” Did you read the book or do you like to refer to books you’ve never read so you can appear more interesting? I read this crap while at work so I guess you could say I got paid to read this and that was an extreme waste of money on my employer’s part.


September 25th, 2010
6:09 pm

@BCUPS…it’s a typo. Chill out. Try some decaf.

John Brieske

September 27th, 2010
7:46 am

The typo has been fixed. Thanks for the correction. By the way, I did read the book.