Hey guys, Wug here.
I just got a nice letter from Mike of Shark City USA telling me the posts over at MM.net and here were not from him. I guess that helps clear that bit up! Direct from Mike Schultz:
I did not write any of these posts, articles or comments listed.
The person posing as me did so maliciously and without my permission or knowledge or intent.
I am deeply sorry and saddened for these rants and disgusting tirades and words.
BUT I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM, AND NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OF ITS CONTENTS BEFORE TODAY 08/26/2011.
Please accept our sincere apologies and know that we are filing complaints.
But my question now is: “who was it?” They have gone through a lot of trouble to do both damage and then cover it up with threats. I have a feeling it may be someone familiar with the company thinking they were helping out. Fess up, trickster! You owe Mike Schultz an apology at least. Mike Schultz gave us his apology for something he was not responsible for and that takes a real man and a responsible business owner.
OK. I am out. Continue to post comments below about this whole crazy thing!
I hate it when people play at Funny-Buggers on the interwebz!
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First off, really have to apologies for just disappearing for the last two weeks. Yeah, I suck. But I think we all understand how things can be sometimes so do cut me a little slack.
Now I kick off tonight with a simple request to our dozen(s) of readers, a request I hope you not only take heed of but also pass along.
Do NOT order this product.
It’s a maquette of ‘Bruce’ the shark from the 70’s horror flick ‘Jaws’ from Shark City USA (I’ll assume you’ve heard of it) Now why do I ask you to do this? Not due to poor craftsmanship, price or whatnot. Really in this business that’s entirely up to you what to like, hell it isn’t even dangerous (that I know of). My reasons are simple- the guy’s hawking this damn statue are pricks and do nothing but make our community look worse with their shit attitudes. See, I frequent (OK damn near live) at the Movie Maniacs message board ‘The Asylum’ (moviemaniacs.net) and it’s pretty laid back group to say the least. Hell I’ve been a member of that forum longer than any other online and I hold the place near and dear to me shrunken black heart- we checked I do have one.
Like I said, we’re laid back and really tend to avoid the ‘assholery’ that pervades most other forums online- so don’t worry about overly snarky pricks there. That being said, there are some ground rules: 1. no religion or politics (we had some…problems with this, less said the better believe me) 2. don’t be an ass- pretty self explanatory and 3. don’t sign up JUST to sell something. Be it a website or some product you think us horror fans will drool over.
Hell I’ve been there since 2002 (officially) and even I was leery about both promoting this site and my message board there, for fear of alienating people.
Now the other day we had a new member by the name of ‘Captquint’ whose first post was a slap in the face of rule 3. He linked to a site for order info on the bad boy shown above
Now, naturally, we comment on how MAYBE he should…you know, at least say ‘hi’ before jumping head first into a goddamn commercial. Here was his responses:
“Well thanks for the reply. I suppose any variety of response could be appropriate as I did just place an image rather than a standard intro. But then sometimes an image tells a thousand words therein.
While it might appear I’m selling something based on the ad looking image I’d like to think of it more as a conversation piece. Does seem to have started a conversation already, so maybe its working on some level.
And true, it is my second post but I’d like to think the first post demonstrated my interest in more than just selling something. if not, well then I guess that’s the nature of sharing media tie-in product information. Then again this site is based on the notion of marketing media so not sure why the lack of words caused a minor stir. Anyhoo…hey how about them dodgers?”
“That’s one way of looking at it. Another could be the company or entity selling said item might not be interested in mass sales, just anyone buying it, and/or selling to those that care more about price than quality.
Call it selective marketing if you will”
OK, not so bad- the first was in fact a response to our own Wug by the way. So let’s see how it goes from here when others comment that maybe he shouldn’t open up like this initially.
“First off I will say thanks for posting the pic of this amazing Jaws shark.Truly incredible.Second:Whats with all the smart ass replies?What a bunch of dicks.”
OK. this isn’t him, this is another poster jlt13th, whose sole post was this and the account itself was created right before this post (by the way you have to have an account to even see the forum)
“Finally a worthwhile question.”
Isn’t he nice?
“I actually don’t need the ‘free advertising space’ here as this isn’t a product that actually needs advertising. In fact its not really a product as much as it is pop art. Moreso, I also probably won’t be staying to discuss films here much anymore unless something really stirs me past the warm welcome I’ve been afforded.
So if you wish, please remove said ‘advertising’ and consider my account as… indefinite.
P.S. I hope the studios appreciate the ‘free advertising’ and feedback you allocate for them here on a daily basis more than I have so far.”
in response to an Administrator asking what the rest of us have been asking so far.
“Apology? You should be thanking every new poster here who wastes time looking to not be redundant when they could be anywhere and a million places like AICN or CHUD etc…and s forth and so on…
Yes this was a scam and I’m a bot. Please delete my account clown admin person. No…strike that I demand it. Or keep it open because it makes your site look like it has more members that want to be here.
Should’ve known this place would be an intellectual dumpster when it required a registration just to see the topics.”
Rule 1. when getting potential buyers: DO NOT INSULT THEM!
“Why not check the IP’s genius. Or could that make you out to be more of a jackass than you already sound like.
And yes I’d agree this thread has not turned out the way I expected. MUCH much more entertaining than I could have ever imagined.”
when being called on about making a double account for the previously mention JLT
“True Horror…is that your name or what your mother says when she fucks you with her arm while you watch halloween?”
I’ll let you guess what the name of the poster is that he’s referring to.
“OK…now that we’ve checked I.P.s and know its not the same person posting in favor of said terrible thread, its one of my pals…For a bot I sure have lots of friends worldwide that I can call on a minutes notice with nothing to do but help save me from the JAWA droid smugglers…in fucking credible. This place is one of a kind.”
After this he was banned. For obvious reasons. Now normally I wouldn’t do something like this, but I would rather this guy got the boot early on. We do not need idiots like this to take our money. We know that oftentimes companies don’t really ‘care’ about the fans but we at least know they respect the money we offer them so they at least act accordingly. This crew obviously holds us in the lowest of regards in that he can’t even attempt to conceal it. So fuck this guy and his unlicensed Jaws statue (yeah it’s not even ‘official’) please do not give this man your business and with luck he will go elsewhere.
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If you missed it, please see the update at the top of this post explaining the situation further. In short, Mike Schultz of Shark City USA did NOT post that stuff and let us know officially that it was not him.
This is now kept more for history sake, as I believe there is a valuable business conduct lesson here, both for positive (Mike’s Response) and negative (everything else involved).