Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thanks for Playing?

Most votes = Consolation Prize:
  • Congratulations to Mary and Densey Cole who received the support of an amazing 21,562 votes from across the country.
We suppose a $500 gift certificate is better than a sharp stick in the eye, but seriously? First in votes and fourth place?

We're never shopping at Crate and Barrel again.

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65 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

First thing to do now is go to Crate and Barrel's website and remove yourself from their mailing list.

That's all the contest was to them, anyway - a way to fatten the subscriber list.

5/25/2010 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither am I...I have already sent an email to C&B letting them know that neither I nor any of my friends will be shopping there either. What an Fking fraud that contest was. Were they afraid that a wheelchair wouldn't look good in a photo shoot?

5/25/2010 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bunch of assholes. why even have the stupid contest if it was b.s. the 21000 people were better off throwing an extra buck towards him for his benefit. i will continue to boycott crate and barrell (at least i have a reason now)

5/25/2010 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a po, but I will never shop there again. Fuck them...

5/25/2010 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Shaved . . . boycott Crate & Barrel. But we need an e-mail address to TELL Crate & Barrel that over 21000 people and all of their friends and acquaintances WILL NOT give them our business EVER AGAIN!

F*ck them and their OVERPRICED crap anyway!

5/25/2010 01:00:00 AM  
Blogger Jose said...

What? How is that possible? Is there someone we can write to?????

5/25/2010 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Crate & Barrel....let's get the ball rolling pitch in a couple bucks and help The Coles get that dream wedding after all. Call in some favors for flights, hotel etc. If we can't do it for one of our own then for who? I still have faith in my brothers in blue.

5/25/2010 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fix was in.

5/25/2010 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they explain how they determined who the winner should be?

5/25/2010 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

I am truly sick over this.......... I have been on Crate and Barrel's facebook site........The MORONS on there are saying Densey was not a hero, that he was JUST in a traffic accident, and the 2nd place couple put up a post personally to me, and when i responded they took it down, because they looked like bigoted assholes.........

They have been attacking Mary's sister, and anyone that has been supporting the Cole's and there has been nasty fighting............

If any of you want to go and say your PEACE on Crate and Barrel's site please do... I will post the link below......... It seems they are pointing to another "alleged" police blog and using that as an excuse.........


Support Mary and Densey and tell Crate and Barrel what you think of this........ Someone said in another post, the 4th place winner could have been a poodle and a midget...........

I asked flat out.......The "face" of marriage to Crate and Barrel was about demographics, not what the votes said......... People attacked the police, especially the second place couple and their supporters...... They bashed the police on metro weekly as well as a radio show, painting the police as HATERS.......... I asked Crate and Barrel if they didn't want a HERO quadriplegic Officer and his wife as the face of the ultimate wedding, and are we just the face of the Jerry Lewis Telethon...... No answer back from them yet...

Alot of venom for Mary and Densey on the site...... Go support them ......... Here is the link....... .

5/25/2010 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I have no dog in this fight. And like I put on Shaveds blog, Im not a cop, and dont always agree on some of whats written. But I think we can all get behind this. Dont write the company, dont call them. Its a new age. If you have a facebook. Go to Crate and Barrel. Click join. Post your displeasure on their wall. Let your voice be heard on a public stage.

5/25/2010 02:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the winner also had the most gift registery purchases, then Densey and his bride have a good complaint to make, "the no purchase necessary clause"

5/25/2010 02:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so how exactly did that happen?

5/25/2010 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

I just emailed C&B and asked for an explanation If I get one I shall share it with SCC

5/25/2010 04:37:00 AM  
Anonymous pmaderer@sbcglobal.net said...

Shame on this comapany and anyone affiliated with it. Sadly this was all just a ruse to get email addresses for the purpose of merchandising.

Every Email address that they conned you into getting to register to vote is now on their merchandising list.

But this company needs a couple who fits the image and a wounded police officer in a wheel chair doesn't fit the bill.

The most votes in a $100,000 contest gets you 500 dollars.

I will never spend a penny in this store.

I will buy that 500 dollar gift certificate for $750.

5/25/2010 04:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I NEVER liked that over-priced, snobby yuppie store anyway....

5/25/2010 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C&B is an overpriced, hoity-toity joint anyway.
IKEA has better prices, if you're into that stuff.

5/25/2010 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously? 1st in votes and only 4th place? How in the world does that happen?

5/25/2010 06:53:00 AM  
Anonymous INSANE FISH (I/F) said...

Must of been "merit" contestants who won. It's all legit just like my beloved Department.
Congratulations Mary and Densey Cole, we tried.

5/25/2010 07:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crate and Barrel sucks.

...and their glassware breaks too easily.

5/25/2010 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like CPD "promotions", it smells of "merit". Obviously, the voting totals were irrelevant when compared to the "notify the watch commander" factor.

5/25/2010 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crate and Barrel mislead 21,000 plus people, including myself, who went on line and voted for Mary and Densey.

This contest was fix and fucking Crate and Barrel already had a winner right even before the voting started. The Coles had the MOST VOTES and all they got was $500.00? They should return that gift card and tell C & B to shove it up their ass.

BOYCOTT CRATE AND BARREL

5/25/2010 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one was not shocked...I looked at the winners and gee go figure.Told the wife this morning...no more shopping at C&B her response was the same as mine.

5/25/2010 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am done,the fix was in,typical liberal bullshit but just another place that can go out of business soon!

5/25/2010 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you SCC, I will now boycott C&B. Its important to contact them and let them know why though.

5/25/2010 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter is getting married this fall & registered with Crate & Barrel....Sending the invitations out next week, but Crate & Barrel won't be in there!!! No Way! We are inviting over 100 woman, they are gonna lose some money!!! Never Again will we shop at Crate & Barrel!!!

5/25/2010 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SHAME on Crate and Barrel!

Call C&B Corporate
847.272.2888
Ask for President- Barbara Turf

SCC-just got off phone with Exec Asst. to pres of Crate and Barrel. Let her know I thought they chose the "pretty" couple, and that their contest was a finagle and a fix.

Said voters from all over the country and the world supporting the Coles thought they were voting for the winner, not the finalist.

Asked her why bother to have a vote if the vote has little or no bearing on the outcome.

Told her Crate and Barrel conned every Coles voter and voters for other contestants who did not win but garnered more votes than winners.

She said was first time they'd ever done a contest like this.

Told her "Well you blew it."

She said rules were clear that vote only counted for 20%.

I said "Yeah, in the fine print".

She said she'd relay comments to Pres.

On Dancing with the Stars, the popular vote wins.

On Celebrity Apprentice, Trump listened to popular opinion and chose Bret Michaels.

Lately, contests like HGTV Dream Home and C&Bs leave a huge opportunity for corrupt and opportune decisions where the real winners end up not being the real winners.

Damn shame! Heartfelt thoughts for the Coles. :)

5/25/2010 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never bought anything, nor will I ever, buy anything from C&B.


Has anyone considered a fund for Mary and Densey?

5/25/2010 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why vote if the votes don't count!

5/25/2010 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke!

They get over 21,000 votes, the most, but the couple with just over 1,000 wins the grand prize?????

I will no longer shop at this place. Very upsetting.

5/25/2010 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They claim they broke the rules because they were already married....BS!!!!!!!

5/25/2010 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Corporate office # 847-272-2888

I'm thankful there are no C&B stores here in TN - the closest one to me is in GA. I'd probably end up getting arrested for causing a disturbance after I got done shoving their shit right down their throat for the way the Coles were just pawns to them.

I did, however, call the corporate office and they tried to feed me a bunch of BS about the criteria for picking the winner. I told them the fix was in from day one, they just lost thousands of customers and word about their BS was spreading quickly.

Fuck them. I hope the company goes under.

5/25/2010 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what I got back from CB within seconds:

We appreciate your taking the time to contact us at CB2. Your email has been forwarded to a CB2 Representative who will contact you shortly. If you need to contact us in the meantime, please call 800-237-5672.

We look forward to serving you.

Thank you,

CB2
Customer Service
Email: customer_service@cb2.com
Phone: 800-237-5672, 24 hours a day
~~~~~~
Will be interesting to see if they call.

5/25/2010 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the email I sent CB:

Crate and Barrel should be ashamed of the fraud that it perpetrated against the 21,000 people who voted for Densy and Mary Cole in your sham "Ultimate Wedding Contest." Obviously, the contest was nothing but a ploy to gather thousands of email addresses. Well guess what? The same folks who organized to get people to vote for a police officer critically injured in the line of duty will now organize to get people to opt out of your emails and boycott your stores. I for one, will never step foot in a CB store again nor order online and I will urge veryone I know to do the same.

If you wish to opt out of CB emails just scroll down the email until you find the link. If you would like to voice your complaint -- I say we overwhelm them with negative emails -- go to this page:

http://www.cb2.com/Customer-Service/Email-Preference.aspx

5/25/2010 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

heres their response


Our contest rules clearly stated that public voting status would be given a 20% value in the judging process. As previously described, the judging panel followed three weighted criteria in evaluating each of the entries: voting status (20%), creativity and originality of entry (50%) and how well the couple evoked and inspired the Crate and Barrel lifestyle (30%). The public support for Mary and Densey Cole was very inspiring and we were pleased to award them our Top Voted Entry Prize.
We appreciate your feedback
Sincerely,

5/25/2010 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous NM said...

I emailed the company via their contact us address and asked about how they determined the winner. I asked if they were anti-police. This is the response I received today. I'm guessing an injured man and his devoted wife don't evoke the Crate & Barrel Lifestyle.


"Our contest rules clearly stated that public voting status would be given a 20% value in the judging process. As previously described, the judging panel followed three weighted criteria in evaluating each of the entries: voting status (20%), creativity and originality of entry (50%) and how well the couple evoked and inspired the Crate and Barrel lifestyle (30%). The public support for Mary and Densey Cole was very inspiring and we were pleased to award them our Top Voted Entry Prize.
We appreciate your feedback.


Crate & Barrel is a Chicago Area Company.
Crate & Barrel
1250 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL 60062-5419
United States


Tel: 847-272-2888
Fax: 847-272-5366

5/25/2010 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just looking at the rules for this contest, and here's how they said it was going to be judged:

#1 Originality and creativity of Entrant’s responses to the topics (50%)

#2 How well Entry invokes and inspires Crate and Barrel’s lifestyle (30%)

#3 Entry’s Ranking in public voting (20%) as follows: 1st–10th place in public voting will receive 10 points; 10th–20th place will receive 6 points; 20th–30th place will receive 4 points; and the remaining 20 Finalists will receive 0 points

Obviously a marketing scheme, and they gave a couple hope of a dream wedding only to snatch it away from them. Fuck C & B, I would never go there anyways, but I will tell everyone about this load of shit they pulled.

On the website under "tips for winning" they give 6 tips on how to get votes. THE ONLY THING that is under the "tips for winning" category is tips about how to get as many votes as possible, making it seem like the VOTES were the most important thing, when in reality they were just going to pick who they wanted to win anyways, and take all those names of the voters for their own gain. What pieces of shit.

5/25/2010 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you can donate.

There is a benefit for Densey Cole, see ya there:

http://denseycole.com/

5/25/2010 03:18:00 AM

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Plus any and all that have connections to raffle/door prizes - Please contact the Benefit Commitee. RAffle and Door prizes are needed.
Thanks.

5/25/2010 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C & B Website


http://www.crateandbarrel.com/


Click on give us your feedback.

5/25/2010 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Booooooooooooooooo!

5/25/2010 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Omnibus Driver said...

Please don't forget that Nicola from Tropical Casablana said that they'd be willing to make Mary and Densey's dream come true if Crate & Barrel didn't.

Please have Mary and Densey contact her at info@tropicalcasablanca.com.

And keep me posted as to what happens.

5/25/2010 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who tallied the votes? ACORN?

5/25/2010 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send C n B an email. I did n I will no longer shop there. Blog on other police sites as well

5/25/2010 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the others didnt have scc and people saw that' thus 3rd place

5/25/2010 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get police nationwide to write to C & B

5/25/2010 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The boycott now has a facebook page. Just type in Boycott Crate and Barrel into fb's search and it should come up.

5/25/2010 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading the contest outcome here, I dropped this email to Crate & Barrel:

As a citizen in the city of Chicago, and knowing the horrific story of Densey Cole, I voted for he and Mary in the Ultimate Wedding Contest. Fourth place after receiving the MOST votes??? Shame on you! I will never shop at Crate & Barrel again.

Here is the response I received:

Our contest rules clearly stated that public voting status would be given a 20% value in the judging process. As previously described, the judging panel followed three weighted criteria in evaluating each of the entries: voting status (20%), creativity and originality of entry (50%) and how well the couple evoked and inspired the Crate and Barrel lifestyle (30%). The public support for Mary and Densey Cole was very inspiring and we were pleased to award them our Top Voted Entry Prize.
We appreciate your feedback.
Sincerely,

Carrie Fisher
Office of the President
Corporate Customer Service

5/25/2010 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All ready sent my complaint e-mail to their sight, and this was my response…

Dear Mr. BLANK
Public voting was a consideration in the selection of the top prize winners, as the 50 entries who received the highest number of votes advanced to the final round of judging where the number of votes received represented 20% of each entrant’s score.
Contestants were encouraged to solicit votes to improve their standing in the public voting. However, we also placed important judging value on how well each couple met the contest criteria of entry originality and creativity (50%) and how well they evoked and inspired the Crate and Barrel lifestyle (30%).
We appreciate your feedback.
Sincerely,

Carrie Fisher
Office of the President
Corporate Customer Service

Life style, originality and creativity?!?!?! What makes a great love story? I say it's over coming obstacles. Lets look at what these young couples had/ have to endure. Love that is "unaccepted." Love over a distance during war. And love knowing that you may have never have the man that he once was. The envelope please…. (Drum roll…) And the winner is… Love over double parking, and having a bad day trying to find a room mate!!! Their you have it folks! How can all the other hardships of love compete with that!!!

- Crap A Barrel -

5/25/2010 04:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is just crazy.and i can't believe some people are blaming shaver.i think crate and barrel never had any intention of giving the prize to these two because of all the anti-police sentiment in this country AND because the name of chicago alone is well hated these days. i.e look what happened with the (lol) olympics.i would boycott.let all your friends know too.

5/25/2010 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this: Can someone set up a raffle off that $500 consolation prize? If we CPD can get a $1 from all our 21000 voters it would be a nice message to the Coles. Then the winner of the $500 gift card can be blown up like the that Bartman baseball, perhaps at Bourbon St ?! Your thoughts SSC ?

5/25/2010 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on the job for more than two decades. I have worked with some great guys and gals over the years and I have always been proud of the work we have done. No matter where we worked, it was always better after we got there.

I can't say that anymore. Manpower is so thin, we don't make a dent. We no longer have an impact on a neighborhood and what we do doesn't matter. Taking reports and telling victims that's all you can do for them doesn't help.

The Mayor doesn't like the Police Department and the Media has highlighted the Bozos on this job so that we no longer have Public support. The scumbag lawyers have sued us into submission.

The Real Police will always do their job, but I can say that it is getting really hard to rally to the cause anymore.

5/25/2010 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger ispeeved said...

fuck c&b. never again. lets get this fundraiser going for a major send off for the Coles. God Bless them.

peeved

5/25/2010 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Cole has stated on the Crate and Barrel Facebook page that she is not in support of a boycot t and it is still one of her favorite stores.

I hope their benefit is a FULL HOUSE at Bourbon Street and people help them out in the most important of ways, benefitting both of their health and well-being. She stated on the C&B facebook page that she too was just in the hospital. She seems like a real class act and can benefit from us being more constructive than trashing C&B, although I did respectfully tell them I won't spend any money there.

5/25/2010 08:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Crate & Barrel....Never will I ever shop in your store again!!!!!

5/25/2010 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read your site many times & agreeed with alot of stuff, but this time you people need to look at the big picture. DENSEY is a winner in every sense of the word. God has been with him every step of the way & always will be. His character SCREAMS VOLUMNS from his friends & associates that he would never want people talking the trash they are about this contest. He would be the FIRST to say I appreciate all the gift cards & gifts that people bought. HE is not a greedy man. So people be thankful for all the good things in life like I'm sure he is. Being alive, enjoying his children & getting stronger mentally & physically.

5/25/2010 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

The woman who runs the resort in Mexico where the grand prize winners are going has been contacted. She is quite sympathetic to Densey and Mary, and is going to arrange a trip for them. SHe said that she was under the impression that it was strictly a vote count contest, and agrees with all of us.
Ensure that you go to Crate and barrel's website, and remove your address from their e-mail list. When they see the large number of deletions, they will recognize a problem. also, keep up the phone calls and e-mails to them.
See the link below to remove your address from their list:


www.crateandbarrel.com/Customer-Service/optout.aspx

5/25/2010 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One post I saw on Crate & Barrels Facebook page complained that on their link for "Tips For Winning", EVERY SINGLE TIP described ways to get votes, yet this was the most highly IGNORED result!

http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/tips-for-winning

5/25/2010 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If using whatever jacked up methodology they somehow decide the Mary and Densey didn't win... whatever. That being said, Crate and Barrel is a multi-million dollar company, to give them a $500 gift card is a slap in the face and public relations suicide. They need to do the right thing and cut another check for $100,000, they can afford it. If they don't do it because they have a conscious, they should do it to save their corporate image, anything else is media suicide...

By the way, you guys want to get them to make this right that's who you need to go to... the media. C & B won't let this stay in the headlines for long before attempting to make amends (Read: "giving Densey and Mary the wedding they truly deserve")

5/25/2010 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous CJN said...

The winners were based on the following.

Originality and creativity of Entrant’s responses to the topics (50%);

How well Entry invokes and inspires Crate and Barrel’s lifestyle (30%);

Entry’s Ranking in public voting (20%) as follows: 1st–10th place in public voting will receive 10 points; 10th–20th place will receive 6 points; 20th–30th place will receive 4 points; and the remaining 20 Finalists will receive 0 points.

So basically based on 80% bullshit.

5/25/2010 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plain & simple..... most people do NOT like the police. Only we can care and take care of each other! NEVER count on anyone not in our family to care about us! I know it sounds negative, but I've been the police for over thirty years and I know what I'm talking about!

5/25/2010 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Has anyone started a FB page or blog to boycott C&B?

The company itself said to spread the word about the contest on blogs, FB, etc, so maybe it's time to get the Facebook & blog communities involved again but turn the tables on these slimy, rat bastards.

I remember reading a newpaper article or from network news (maybe through SCC?) about the Coles being entered in the contest, and would hope whoever did the story would pick up the story again and mention how Densey & Mary got screwed over and the sham that C&B has been from day one about this contest.

I made a donation to the Coles to help with their medical bills. I'm far from wealthy and wish I could have donated more, but at least I know this will help, even if it's just a small way.

God bless the Coles. I hope another company does come through and give them the wedding and honeymoon they so deserve.

You all be safe out there.

5/25/2010 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 05:22:00 PM

****************

i done told joo guyz to never mention da lympics again!next time i hear bout da lympics on dis here websight im gonna raise dem taxes agin.and stop call me shortshanks or i raisin dem city stikers.

5/26/2010 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Facebook; Boycott Crate and Barrel.

I hope this page goes viral.
Everyone needs to express to Crate and Barrel how much they suck. $100,000 to the pretty white couple and a $500 gift card slap in the face of the top vote getter? Oh, I see... Will the paralyzed cop look bad in you advertising brochures? This world needs heroes, not another pretty face. Crate and Barrel, you are just a godless fck.

5/26/2010 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, they are just catering to their customer demographic, i.e., yuppies and gays. Most police don't shop at Crate & Barrel, and that includes the Coles. That being said, fuck Crate & Barrel.

5/26/2010 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget they didn't even get fourth place. 15 other couples got $1000 and the Coles only got $500. Fuck Crate and Barrel, bought a kitchen table from a few years ago and just put it outside with a free sign on it.

6/14/2010 04:07:00 PM  

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