Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3552 times:
The German low-cost airline Germanwings is searching for people who are driving a silver car, everyone who allows them to put a Germanwings sticker on the rear window will get a free flight.
I think this is a very unusual way to place advertisements and of course also a very unusual way to get a free flight, too bad that I am driving a blue car, only silver cars are allowed. More information can be find here: http://www.germanwings.com/de/00/3241_3662.html (sorry, only in German).
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3497 times:
Indeed an interesting way of marketing yourself! I like this airline (the service on a recent flight was great, and what a joy to fly something other than a 737), but it seems very difficult these days to find a cheap flight outside of London - Cologne....
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2481 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3206 times:
Sorry, Patrick, can't resist asking (since I can't read German) why ONLY silver cars-are the Germanwings planes' livery predominantly silver? Believe it or not (and yes, it's stupid), here in the U.S., there's a fair chance someone might mount a court challenge to this sort of promotion on the grounds that offering it ONLY to owners of silver cars was discriminatory! Yes, here in the litigation-happy States, someone with too much time on their hands might actually take them to court on that, crazy as it is. I could only hope the case would be promptly thrown out but a lot of dumb lawsuits have been entertained by our courts (the notorious woman who spilled hot McDonald's coffee over her lap while driving and then sued them because it was too hot; nevermind her own stupidity-comes to mind). I've got to know, though, why only silver?
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3176 times:
only silver cars are allowed because they should look like the Germanwings planes (their basic color is silver). Here is the exact translation:
1. Fahren Sie ein silberfarbenes Auto?
Dann freuen wir uns auf Sie. Die Grundfarbe unserer Flugzeuge ist silber, deshalb bekleben wir nur silberfarbene Wagen.
1. Do you drive a silver car?
Than we are looking forward to see you. The basic color of our planes is silver, because of that we only put our stickers on silver colored cars.
You made a very interesting point here, I am not a lawyer and I don`t know if you can sue them because they are only accepting silver cars but it should be possible under German law because owner of other colored cars can feel discriminated. Of course you can not require thousands of Euros but I can imagine that a judge can order that they have to accept every car, no matter what color it has. I hope that our forum member Airsicknessbag will read your post, he is a lawyer and I am sure that he can explain the situation.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3138 times:
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>>>I don`t know if you can sue them because they are only accepting silver cars but it should be possible under German law because owner of other colored cars can feel discriminated.
No, absolutely not. This is a private business, they´re not obliged to treat everybody equally.
If this was an airline belonging to the state there might be a point of discrimination. However, the state may discriminate if there´s a good reason to it, and I´d say this point of "silver plane/silver car/good brand recognition" is a good one.
Technically, this campaign is a public prize offering with a limited eligibility. Or in German Legalese an "Auslobung ( = einseitige nicht empfangsbeduerftige Willenserklaerung)".
I´m not sure whether this campaign might violate the Law Against Indecent Or Unfair Competition (Gesetz gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb). I don´t think so, though. In any case, that law protects the competitors, not the customer, and consequently no individual´s claims can be based upon it.
So, sorry Patrick, no damages for owners of blue cars
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3108 times:
Hehe, wait until you get the bill for that.
You know that I am currently searching for a new apartment because I want to live together with my girlfriend, I hope that I will have an other address soon, the bill will come back to you with the remark: "unbekannt verzogen" (moved to an unknown address) .
And on a Friday night too - you caught me about five minutes before I leave my place to make the clubs unsafe tonight
You are lucky, I have to stay at home and save money for my upcoming trip to LHR . Have fun tonight!