05/26/2004: Why not call it a 5 year warranty and be done with it?
Weber (the barbecue grill folks) are sponsoring a number of baseball games this season, and they seem to be pushing their big gas grill (which is, I must say, a nice looking grill). Tonight, one of their commercials said that the grill comes with a 5 year/50,000 burger warranty. Of course, that got me to thinking: is it humanly possible to grill 50,000 burgers in 5 years?
Of course the math is simple. In order to get to it, you have to average grilling a bit over 27 and one third burgers (27.40 rounded up to the nearest hundredth) per day. Every day. For five years.
I suppose it's possible, if you're feeding a large family that really, really likes burgers.
I think if I were the owner of the Weber company (assuming for the nonce that it's not a publicly held company, which I'm sure it is), I'd offer a substantial cash bounty to anyone who'd actually grill 50,000 burgers in 5 years. Off the top of my head, let's say $20,000 or so. Or maybe a bit more. Whatever would cover the cost of meat, buns and gas for the grill and still provide the person(s) doing the grilling a tidy little "profit" on top of it.
And you just know someone would do it. Just because.
Len on 05.26.04 @ 07:19 PM CST