Isle of Wight licensee Mick Quinn hailed the impact of his controversial advertising boards for significantly boosting trade — despite public complaints to police.
The leaseholder at the Fleming Arms, Ryde, threw his advertising advice books away after his tongue-in-cheek jokes led to global appreciation and an in-crease in revenue.
Quinn has received calls and emails from around the world, featured in local and national newspapers, and said staff were constantly answering the phone to well-wishers. One fan is even flying over from the US to have his picture taken with the boards.
However, not everyone is so enthusiastic. Hampshire Police received complaints about a sign that read: "Fat people are harder to kidnap. Stay safe, eat lots here". A spokesman confirmed there were two complaints but that "no criminal offences have been identified".
Quinn’s A-boards have also poked fun at feminists, dyslexics, the FIFA football scandal and the Greek bailout saga. They are inspired by conversations with his dad and his customers, some of which "don’t know how funny they are".
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