Dave Carroll of the eclectic Canadian Pop-Folk music group Sons of Maxwell was traveling with the group in the Spring of 2008 to perform in Nebraska when he witnessed United Airlines baggage handlers throwing his Taylor Guitar. The result of this action was $1200 in damage to his guitar, which, though now fixed, is still not the same as it was. After over a year of dealing with United his claims for compensation were denied several times.
So what, that stuff happens everyday…. well here’s where it gets interesting:
Mr. Carroll informed the last United representative to deny his claim that he would be writing three songs about his experience with the company, which will be made into music videos. The first of these is already online with song number 2 already written and video preproduction in the works.
His goal was to have over 1 million views during the course of a year. Less than one week later he has 2,600,126 views and 21,177 people rating it in average of 5 stars. He has also been covered by CNN and other news outlets across the country, even getting a personal video response from Bob Taylor at Taylor Guitars – Carroll has reportedly been given two guitars from Taylor [unconfirmed].
CNN reported that United will use the video as “A unique learning opportunity,” and will somehow integrate it into their training program. I guess an important lesson for companies to learn is that the consumer is no longer helpless to retaliate. It will be interesting to see if any of these videos affect United’s bottom line. Even if they do not, I can’t wait to see the next two videos.