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March 14, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Bumper sticker

BumperDick Miller writes:

Recently, I made a contribution to a charitable organization. In the thank-you note (along with a solicitation for an additional contribution), they sent me a bumper sticker advertising their organization.

On the back of the bumper sticker was this disclaimer:

   Bumper sticker not intended for outdoor use; may be damaged in a car wash.

I guess I could just keep my car in the garage.


You didn't donate enough of money otherwise they would have sent you an all-season bumper sticker.

Report them to the Better Business Bureau immediately.

Posted by: Capt. Wafer at March 14, 2006 12:32 AM

Maybe they want it to break down so that you need to send them another donation next year to replace your bumper sticker?

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at March 14, 2006 06:40 AM

what good is a bumper sticker if you can't have it on your car? unless it's a show car in a museum or something that never touches the road

Posted by: nasion at March 14, 2006 08:02 AM


Maybe its a sticker that you stick on the inside of the car, on a window so that it faces out.

Just a thought

Posted by: Kip HT at March 14, 2006 08:46 AM

To: Kip HT

They wouldn't have called it a bumper sticker then. A cheap "gift" like this is broken.

Posted by: Noel at March 14, 2006 08:58 AM

Why would you put a bumper sticker on your bumper? You don't keep gloves in your glove compartment, do you?

Just kidding. I agree with Noel, at the very least they should have just called it a "sticker" instead of a "bumper sticker". Better yet, they should have saved the money altogether and applied it to the cause for which it was donated in the first place.

Posted by: E.T. at March 14, 2006 09:53 AM

Actually im going to say not broken- because there is nothing more lame than having old bumber stickers from who knows when stuck all over your car- stick it, enjoy its beauty for a while (riiight), and before you know it its gone and you can put a new useless car adornment in its place-

Posted by: smartypants at March 14, 2006 10:49 AM

Sounds perfect for me. I have a car that lives almost exclusively in the garage. I only use it about once ever two weeks.

Posted by: Stan at March 14, 2006 11:37 AM


Can I have it then? I'll give you a picture that may be damaged if you were to display it!

Posted by: Zounds Padang at March 14, 2006 11:45 AM

HAHA at Zounds

Posted by: JAC at March 14, 2006 12:06 PM

Niche market -- why doesn't someone make a clear plastic bumper sticker holder that attaches to the car and the banners can be slid in and out to changer them?

Posted by: Bluie at March 14, 2006 01:16 PM

I love it!

Reminds me of the disclaimer I saw on one of those sunscreen things people put in their car windows. REMOVE FROM WINDOW BEFORE DRIVING...Duh, hadn't thought of that.

I say broken & pick another charity.

Posted by: ~ at March 14, 2006 01:54 PM

I agree with ET and ~. I hate donating to a cause, only to see them waste the bulk of it on sending me cheap, unsolicited crap. Maybe they think someone falls for this, but for me it sends them right to the top of the "no future donations" list.

Posted by: Pat at March 14, 2006 02:33 PM

Actually, the bumper sticker serves a puropse. If people put it on their bumper, other people will see it and maybe donate too.

Obviously a "bumper sticker" goes on the bumper of a car, and thus is outside quite frequently, therfore it should be made of waterproof plastic.

However, the fact that it is not weather-proof is broken and the disclaimer is just a way for them to avoid lawsuits because the bumper sticker washed off, leaving behind a sticky mess on your bumper because the glue is not water soluable.

As for those sunscreen things, people have been known to put them on the back or side window while driving to block the sun. The manufacturers are simply trying to avoid a lawsuit in case someone has an accident because their feild of view is blocked.

Posted by: Sean P at March 14, 2006 03:24 PM

This reminds me of that Squish pillow from earlier.

Posted by: ______ at March 14, 2006 09:28 PM

Maybe it was for an environmental charity? Maybe it is a subliminal way to get you to drive less. Or to use less water and not wash your car as often.

Or it could just be broken...

Posted by: Nathan Sweeney at March 15, 2006 10:23 PM


Someone is called the Magnetic Bumper Sticker Pad.

Posted by: JAC at March 16, 2006 12:15 PM


How are the pink or green ribbons jingoistic?

Posted by: zorglethopter at March 22, 2006 10:05 AM

Then why call it a "bumper sticker" if it's not meant for the bumper of a vehicle?

Posted by: Matt at March 26, 2006 11:22 PM

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