Colo. company pulls Butterfinger stunt after Pats lose
BOSTON -- A candy bar stunt in Copley Square not only left litter on the sidewalk, but a bad taste in the mouths of Patriots fans.
“Try to pull a stunt, try to pull joke. But it’s really not that funny,” said Justyn Mayo, a Patriots fan.
Tuesday afternoon, a Colorado company dropped off 8,000 Butterfinger bars to mock a missed catch by Wes Welker in Super Bowl XLVI.
“I feel really bad for Wes. He's an awesome guy, he had a great season,” said a Patriots fan.
“I respect the Patriots organization and Wes is an unbelievable player,” another Patriots fan said.
The prank did not sit well with the city. It slapped a $1,000 fine against the company for illegal dumping.
“It is a sketchy kind of company. What is it, an online pawn shop? Maybe they’re into that kind of publicity but I think it was a bad move,” said Sean Varga, a Patriots fan.
There are those in Boston who say they see the humor in the PR ploy.
“I think it's funny actually,” said Aimee Hamel.
“You have to see humor in these kinds of things,” said Rebecca Pravda.
But die hard Pats fans think it's a bitter reaction hailing from a city that lost - and lost big - to the Pats this season.
“I think Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos are at home on the couch watching the Super Bowl,” said a Patriots fan.
“Okay, they think they have a better team than us, is that what is it is? Well they didn't even make it to the Super Bowl,” another Patriots fan said.
The Butterfinger company sent a tweet saying, “BTW Butterfinger had NOTHING to do w/ Boston stunt after the big game. A company bought our bars (like 7,200) & used ‘em w/out our knowledge.”
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