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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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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.
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Did GEICO approve the coupon or did the Bar put the logo on it?
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Did GEICO approve the coupon or did the Bar put the logo on it?
Dunno.. don't care. I'm sure they'll claim they didn't know about it, but being a gigantic, bazillion dollar corporation, you'd think it would behoove them to keep close tabs on how their name and logo are used (I work for a MUCH smaller company, and yet use of our logo and trademarks is something we take VERY seriously).

(I did bring it to GEICO's attention, so if it turns out it was a rogue decision on the part of their local office, then they can deal with it internall)
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I would bet that GEICO did not officially approve use of their name/logo on this. Let us know what happens.
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I would bet that GEICO did not officially approve use of their name/logo on this. Let us know what happens.
I sincerely HOPE not.... but then, someone's payin for that free beer....
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Generally speaking, I'd say it's not a good idea for an insurance company to sponsor alcohol. Then again, you see Bud etc. all over NASCAR and that's a driving event.
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Generally speaking, I'd say it's not a good idea for an insurance company to sponsor alcohol. Then again, you see Bud etc. all over NASCAR and that's a driving event.
But there's a difference in the nature of their business. I'd expect it from Bud since that's the nature of their business -- making and selling beer. (doesn't make it RIGHT, just isn't a surprise since that's what they do). I guess to me this is on par with a health insurance co giving out free cigarettes... it's a conflict of interest, I'd think.
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If you cant only have one beer and be fine with that you have no self control. It no ones fault but the idiot who decides to drink the whole bar and ride. The coupon has nothing to do with it. I'll go out and have A beer over lunch while im riding. I usually sit there for an hour BS with buddies as well. Save your fight for a more worthwhile battle against people being happy. I need to move back to germany where people arent so silly about these things.

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If you cant only have one beer and be fine with that you have no self control. It no ones fault but the idiot who decides to drink the whole bar and ride. The coupon has nothing to do with it. I'll go out and have A beer over lunch while im riding. I usually sit there for an hour BS with buddies as well. Save your fight for a more worthwhile battle against people being happy. I need to move back to germany where people arent so silly about these things.
It depends on the person. Self control is one thing, size can be a whole other factor. One drink for me and I am done.
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If you cant only have one beer and be fine with that you have no self control. It no ones fault but the idiot who decides to drink the whole bar and ride. The coupon has nothing to do with it. I'll go out and have A beer over lunch while im riding. I usually sit there for an hour BS with buddies as well. Save your fight for a more worthwhile battle against people being happy. I need to move back to germany where people arent so silly about these things.

I'm not removing the ultimate responsibility from the individual; I just have an issue with an INSURANCE company sponsoring it, that's all.
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This is why no one gives anything away anymore. It's PERSONAL responsibility-not the company that keeps you from drinking and riding. Sorry girl-you are wrong on this one.
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If you cant only have one beer and be fine with that you have no self control. It no ones fault but the idiot who decides to drink the whole bar and ride. The coupon has nothing to do with it. I'll go out and have A beer over lunch while im riding. I usually sit there for an hour BS with buddies as well. Save your fight for a more worthwhile battle against people being happy. I need to move back to germany where people arent so silly about these things.
I agree completely. I don't have any problem with Geico, or any company offering someone ONE free beer. If an individual is going to get plastered and ride their bike, they will do so with or without a freebie. I also think its ludicrous to hold a beer vendor responsible for serving a drunk. We as individuals need to take responsibility for our own actions, and quit looking for ways to place the blame on someone else.

Besides, Geico gets higher premiums from people with poor driving records, so maybe it helps business by giving out free booze
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This is why no one gives anything away anymore. It's PERSONAL responsibility-not the company that keeps you from drinking and riding. Sorry girl-you are wrong on this one.
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This is why no one gives anything away anymore. It's PERSONAL responsibility-not the company that keeps you from drinking and riding. Sorry girl-you are wrong on this one.
Not, wrong, it's my opinion. (It's cool if you don't agree, I'm not trying to convince you to agree with me. )
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Besides, Geico gets higher premiums from people with poor driving records, so maybe it helps business by giving out free booze
You might be onto something there...
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It comes down to personal responsibility. That said, still not a good idea Geico.
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It depends on the person. Self control is one thing, size can be a whole other factor. One drink for me and I am done.
Well that just the point if you cant even handle one beer most likely you shouldn't drink all together its healthier that way anyways

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Our local bike night here is held by th e local Harley shop, and food n drinks provided by Outback Steak House. They serve beer at it, but I havent seen any insurance co. sponsoring it.
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... this would not automatically make me think GEICO is promoting drinking...

That being said, GEICO is the only insurance company who would even consider writing policies on bikes in the 3 counties I have lived in the past year.

Let’s hope they are not promoting drinking.

I will be interested in the outcome.

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That being said, GEICO is the only insurance company who would even consider writing policies on bikes in the 3 counties I have lived in the past year.
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Beware... I've had people on other forums mention horror stories about random (and huge) rate hikes from GEICO (with no justification, no tickets, etc....).

Any explanation from other co's as to why they won't insure your bikes in that area? High-theft rates of those bikes or something? (just curious)
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