Wisconsin golf course apologizes for tasteless 9/11 promotion

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
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::: UPDATE :::: Maynard's Restaurant in Excelsior also offered a tasteless 9/11 promotion [IMAGE]

Tumbledown Trails, a golf course in Verona, Wisconsin, is taking tons of heat for recently running the above ad in a local newspaper.

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In fact, the blowback is so intense, the course now says it might close on September 11 because management is "worried about what people will do/say to our staff."

While some Facebook commenters defended the course and said those offended by the ad were making a mountain of a molehill, most of the response was negative. Here's a sampling (check out Tumbledown's Facebook page here):

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As comments like those rolled in, Tumbledown officials attempted to apologize. Suffice it to say their apology wasn't universally accepted:

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Tumbledown's latest update, posted last night, indicates the extent to which the ill-advised promotion backfired.

"Please stay tuned to see if we will be open on Weds 9/11," it says. "We are now worried about what people will do/say to our staff & do not want anything to happen or get out of control."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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yourmomshot
yourmomshot

unfortunate name for the course, too

Melanie Ohman Thornberg
Melanie Ohman Thornberg

Jenette Nelson, I think a call or a letter to this &^%$# group might be in order . . .

ButcherBaker
ButcherBaker

could have been a huge promotion. instead of stupid pricing, set the rates at $10 and $20 for the day, advertise that the day's proceeds would be split amongst a local public safety organization and something with a 9-11 affiliation, and suddenly people will love this place. 

if they can afford to be closed for the day, after spending money on a newspaper ad, they certainly could have afforded to donate the day's receipts to charity and use 9-11 as a marketing tool that would have ingratiated their business with the community. it doesn't take a marketing degree to figure that out. 

look for a "dairyland diary" on today's dan barreiro show.

MaynardsSucks
MaynardsSucks

@Gramma Margie really? did any of your friends jump to their deaths instead of being burned alive on 9/11? mine did. 

MaynardsSucks
MaynardsSucks

@Scott Jochum Really? did any of your friends/colleagues jump to their deaths from 100+ floors up instead of being burned alive? mine did. 

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