The producer of Maker´s Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker´s Mark´s chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. The company in a statement on its website on Sunday said to its followers: "You spoke. We listened. And we´re sincerely sorry we let you down."
Comments: If you must, raise the price don´t lower the bourbon!
Got to wonder about the intelligence of the people running this company. They make their customers angry by announcing they will be watering down their bourbon, like they didn´t think it would make their customers angry?
when i saw this story originally, i told folks this was just a marketing ploy to get their name in front of people for free.. stories like this just reinforce my idea that i´m a genius.. i wish i knew how i could charge for my opinions...
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Apparently, once again with respect to Syria, the White House was caught off guard by events they are frantically reacting to instead of shaping. Speaking to CNN´s Jake Tapper, a White House official publicly responded to Russian President Vladmir Putin´s New York Times op-ed with the admission that Putin "now owns" and has "fully asserted ownership" of America´s current foreign policy focal point; pushing Syria to surrender its chemical weapons: “That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said
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