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joseph
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Why was I distracted by this thread, anyway?...
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Einstein)...
Chezaday
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Trust me .. I don't claim to be a balloon artist or anything but, I've had a steady restaurant gig for over four years now. My work consists of a few close-up tricks and a simple balloon for each child at a family restaurant. I was surprised the other day to see "Balloon Distractions" on Tuesday nights from 5-9pm at my gig!

I gave the manager a call today .. and these people were so desperate that they are providing four hours of balloon twisting for $40.00. Do the math ... that's $10.00 an hour and of course the performer is only working for tips.

How could I compete with this type of business you ask .. well, I've got talent and I know how to draw the families in on a weekly basis. Will I work for $10.00 an hour .. absolutely not, it's not worth my time.

A few questions do arise .. does Balloon Distractions supply the performers with balloons? Are the performers insured?

I'm not sure what direction this will go .. after all business is business and I can't match what Balloon Distractions is offering. It's sad some people will fall for this type of pyramid scheme.

Steve
Bad to the Balloon
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On 2009-10-15 02:03, Chezaday wrote:

I'm not sure what direction this will go .. after all business is business and I can't match what Balloon Distractions is offering. It's sad some people will fall for this type of pyramid scheme.

Steve


If it was a business decision appeal to the managers business side. Have him ask them for proof of insurance. Assuming you do carry liability insurance. Also do you advertise the restaurant your in? Poster on the front door? Table tents?

You may also want to evaluate what a restaurant means to you ... is it a source of income or a lead generator? If the latter what would it cost you to replicate the same results you get in having casual discussions about your services to people who can afford them?

BTW Steve saw you at MAGIC live in line for photos, I am a friend of Erick O.
Mark Byrne
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Jestnjoker
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Steve,

Things have changed. I used to correspond with Jonathon Fudge and Ben Alexander and company policy used to be that they wouldn't steal restaurant from other twisters. So I'm surprised to hear that. Balloon Distractions does carry their own insurance, so if a twister is at a Balloon Distractions job, they are covered by the company. Or so says Ben. The twisters at BD order their own balloons. Ben suggests they buy from Lauderdale Paper Company.
Jeff Wright
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Bad to the Balloon
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HAHAAHAHHAHHHAAAAHHHAAAAA....

Oh you were serious? Funny how he has approached my restaurants before. Jonathan has scruples Ben has none. Good for me at that time all my restaurant were loyal to me.

Before I hear crappp like "oh he didn't know". My picture is on the the front door of all my restaurants. You would have to be blind or stupid not to notice I am entertaining there.
Mark Byrne
AKA Mark the Balloon Guy
As seen on the TODAY SHOW
www.balloonguy.net
Creator of Bad to the Balloon DVD series
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