GEICO supporting drinking and riding?
So I'm on a crusade against GEICO insurance.....
We've had a long-standing local sportbike bike night here in Jax (there's literally dozens geared toward the cruised and Harley crowds). We have it at a huge sports grille, and on a good night, you can expect a few hundred bikes there.
Recently, the venue has signed on a couple of sponsors, namely a local rock radio station, and GEICO insurance. As we all know, GEICO has been heavily courting the motorcycle sector of business.
So last week, the venue announces their moving our bike night from Thursday to Tuesday, due to Thursday night football (the place is pure insanity during sporting events). Ok, no biggie... However, to "soften the blow," they were giving out coupons for a free beer (i.e. "Come out next week, and your first beer is on us!"). This is aggravating to me, because it's promoting drinking and riding (drinking and driving is bad enough, but to mix alcohol with motorcycling is pure danger, IMHO).
But the real kicker? GEICO's logo is all over this coupon, essentially illustrating that they "endorse" drinking and riding.
This angers me more than I can express in writing... I think it's disgusting, and utterly irresponsible (yes, the burden of responsibility is ultimately on the rider to make the conscious decision to drink and ride, or NOT drink and ride, but to have an insurance company support this is just assinine).
Today I've sent off emails to GEICO, to Progressive (since they're the major competition for GEICO in motorcycle insurance), B.A.D.D., M.A.D.D., the local newspaper, and the consumer advocate for a local news station, to bring this to everyone's attention.
I just wanted to bring this to everyone's attention, and I'll letcha know what kind of response(s) I get.