Lobby Bar – July 27: Danger Will Robinson, Roof Inspections, and ‘I’ll Take Housewives of New Jersey for $200, Alex!’

By Anna Breuer on 27 July 2018
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Lobby Bar – Don’t Touch That Dial, We’ll Be Right Back

Cutting the line. There are many ways of avoiding long lines when traveling but the most effective one, as Paul Riegler discovered, is to not bathe for several weeks prior. Riegler reported success in getting to the front of the line, but he was subsequently denied boarding by the airline after several other passengers complained of certain noxious emanations.

Code violation. Jonathan Spira reviews “Fiddler on the Roof” at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. The show ran into a problem prior to its opening night in New York City, however, when the Building Department refused to issue a permit for the fiddler to actually be on the roof.

Bad hair day. A new production of “Hairspray” opened in a town on Long Island that had long since banned aerosol sprays. Renamed “Hairgel,” the updated musical focuses on several housewives in New Jersey whose families use different brands of the product and the conflicts that ensue.

The program without a name. Marriott, which merged with Starwood Hotels several years ago, is merging the hotelier’s three guest loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards – next month. The new program is so exclusive that it doesn’t actually have a name and insiders are referring to it as “the thing that shall go unnamed.”

Perception is everything. American Airlines took heed as passengers complained about being charged extra for carry-on bags when buying a basic economy ticket. The solution was simple: the airline renamed basic economy as “super deluxe” while continuing to charge for carry-on bags, calling it an upgrade fee. Now passengers who perceive this as an upgrade are elated and happy to pay the extra fee.

Lost in space. German rental car company Sixt invaded Manhattan this past week, changing the name of Sixth Avenue to Sixt Avenue (sorry, you Avenue of the Americas fans), throwing the morning rush hour into chaos after thousands of people’s navigation systems failed to direct them to their destinations, depositing them instead in the Hudson River.

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