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Who is watching the Super Bowl ?
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Unfortunately Pepsi Cola allowed some very violent commercials to be produced and presented during the Super Bowl. I am an Early Childhood Educator and enjoy watching football games as well as discussing them with the children. It is my understanding the Pepsi allowed the viewers to create the commercials, who apparently have no regard for the content, violence presented or the inappropriate material presented: an abusive, jealous wife, a bully who gets hit in private parts by a can of pop. These commercials were not only offensive, but did nothing to enhance your product. Think someone spent some big bucks for nothing but smut. Hope your sales decrease. Actually will boycott your products for the time being for the "bad taste" in your commercial presentations.
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Venice09 on 02/06/2011:
I haven't seen the commercials, but I think they are probably in line with the programming. It's what viewers expect and look forward to. I doubt these commercials will negatively affect sales.
Anonymous on 02/06/2011:
I admit the AD is bad taste but no reason to boycott Pepsi I will still continue purchasing their products.
Anonymous on 02/06/2011:
Don't watch the superbowl then.
Anonymous on 02/06/2011:
I liked the commercials. If we based overthing on how they will effect little kids then we will all never grow up. It's funny how the failure of the people who educate the children blame TV, parents, and everyone else. The educators never blame their failures and incompetence at themselves. A lot of this country's failures is directly caused by our overpaid, incompetent teachers.
Venice09 on 02/06/2011:
It all starts at home, long before educators come into play.
SteveWiginowski on 02/06/2011:
Venice, I agree. My wife is a teacher of kindergarten. Many of her kids are doing really well. One of her students that is far behind hasn't done any reading at home. My wife told the mother this many times. Each time, the mother says that she will do better to work with her child, but hasn't done anything to correct the problem. My wife even met with her several times and the mother says that it's not her fault, that she is only 20 years old and can't do everything.
Venice09 on 02/06/2011:
Steve, I was a volunteer helper in my daughter's preschool and kindergarten class, so I know what you're saying. And that was over twenty years ago when parents still took responsibility. With parents becoming less available over the years, the teacher's job has become harder. I realize there are lazy teachers out there because I've dealt with my share, but teaching is not an easy task today, and I think the majority of educators are caring, competent people. Parents and teachers have to work together to make the most of a child's education.
SteveWiginowski on 02/06/2011:
Exactly. Teachers can only do so much and parents can only do so much. When both of them put in effort, it's amazing what can be accomplished. Many of my wife's students are ready for 1st grade already.
DebtorBasher on 02/06/2011:
"...a bully who gets hit in private parts by a can of pop." (First of all, thanks for not calling it soda!)
I don't know of too many young kids who doesn't watch America's Funniests Videos...and they have the 'between the legs' shots all the time on those and it's a family, I'm not surprised if we see them in commercials as well.
jktshff1 on 02/06/2011:
The commercials were better than the halftime show.
Venice09 on 02/06/2011:
I heard the halftime show from another room. It didn't sound very exciting. I enjoyed Linkin Park on SNL last night much more.
madconsumer on 02/06/2011:
ya packers won!!!!
jktshff1 on 02/06/2011:
Great game.
DebtorBasher on 02/06/2011:
The Puppy Bowl is still on the Animal Planet channel.
MRM on 02/06/2011:
DB, I remember you were talking about that last year.
DebtorBasher on 02/06/2011:
About what? The PuppyBowl? Must have been someone else. I've never heard of it until my Niece mentioned it to me today, then I came across it when I was checking out to see what was on tonight.
Starlord on 02/06/2011:
Excellent game! 31-25 Final score, Packers!
Ytropious on 02/06/2011:
You know nothing of marketing OP.
JerryCee on 02/07/2011:
There is nothing funny or clever about someone being smashed in the head or elsewhere by a can of Pepsi.
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New bottle caps
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Will you please go back to the old bottle caps. When I but a 20oz Pepsi or Pepsi product I cannot get the cap off without hurting my hands and many times asking for help. Why would you use such inefficient caps.
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madconsumer on 01/04/2010:
switch to canned soda?

the tightness of the cap is to keep the product fresh.
Anonymous on 01/04/2010:
Maybe the cap is the same and your hands are getting weak...
Ponie on 01/04/2010:
mad, I don't like to buy Pepsi in cans. We have a 10-cent deposit on carbonated beverage bottles and cans in my state, thus I don't just toss them when empty. To avoid a collection of ants and other critters in my apartment, I like that screw-top bottle which can be completely closed while I collect them for the return of that dime per bottle.

This was also covered at:

Until they've made a correction, I think we're in for a lot of hard to open bottles.
PepperElf on 01/04/2010:
only for cans?

here in ny the deposit tax is 5 cents but it's on ANYTHING that's carbonated & in a recyclable container. glass, metal, plastic...

oh and I think they followed through on the tax for non-diet sodas too :-(
Ponie on 01/04/2010:
Pepper, if the 'only for cans?' comment was directed toward what I posted, I (possibly mistakenly) ass/u/me bottles and cans would cover all containers, no matter their composition. No?
PepperElf on 01/04/2010:
yes. oh. I didn't see the "bottles" part. my bad. =)
jktshff1 on 01/04/2010:
Seems pepsi does have a problem, judging from the complaints that have been posted about the "new" tops.
A reply from them would be useful.
localgod on 01/05/2010:
Superfluous??? Changing brands will eventually take notice. BTW--they are not loyal to you...effect change!
sandy on 04/17/2012:
the pepsi bottle caps are almost impossible to remove,iam very strong for a female and a couple of bottles I had to cut off the cap with a knife! unbelieveable! sound like a shotgun went off and flew half way across the room.
Iron Mike on 04/29/2012:
I had to cut the top off one today and routinely have to use pliers to lososen the cap. No más.
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Requesting Donations For Local Fund Raising Events
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WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- My name is Katie Camero. I am a local business person in Jacksonville NC. I am also this years event coordinator for our local motorcycle club (Southern Cruisers, Port City Chapter 162) 6th annual fund raising event called "Run to the Sun" which benefits St Jude Childerns Research Hospital.

I contacted the Wilmington Pepsi Company and requested a donation. I was told to fax the information and I would get a response in 3 business days.

Being a local business owner I know that I receive quite a few requests for donations for local events, and that I can not possibly donate to every person who makes a request.

When asked I always just say, I am sorry I can't help you this year. Please try again next year.

After 2 weeks with no response from Wilmington Pepsi, I called to make sure that my request was received.

The person who answered the phone SHOCKED me, by how rude they were.

I was told, "Of course we received your request, If you did not hear from us it is because your not getting anything!"

For the past 25 years my company has served Pepsi products. I chose Pepsi because I have always received excellent customer service.

Never has anyone at Pepsi been rude to me.

I would have completely understood if the person had just said, I am sorry we are unable to help your event this year. There was no need for them to treat me rudely.

I just thought you might want to know this.

Thank you for your time,

Katie Camero

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MRM on 08/24/2008:
Perhaps the economy is rough on Pepsi Co. Try again next year.
madconsumer on 08/24/2008:
some people do not have good telephone etiquettes.

Anonymous on 08/24/2008:
Unfortunately not everyone has the same class that you do. If it were me, I'd call back and ask to speak to that person's direct manager and let them know of your experience, I'm betting they won't be too pleased to hear it.
Anonymous on 08/24/2008:
I agree with justcuz. I would ask for the direct manager of this individual. Perhaps they did not wish to contribute, but I am sure that management would not be happy to hear that their representative was so rude. But, I suggest you remember the conversation clearly. Make sure that you were not aggravated by the lack of initial response to your request and that you are not reading more into what happened when you called back.
wgaguy1984 on 08/24/2008:
I don't think there's any way "Of course we received your request, If you did not hear from us it is because your not getting anything" could be a polite comment that misconstrued by the OP in frustration.
Anonymous on 08/24/2008:
wgaguy1984, people can "embelish" upon what really happened when they are upset. That was my point. I have another point to. How do we know that this post is not a solicitation or spam? There sure is a lot of pertinent information about the motorcycle club including the chapter number, along with the charity the money is for along with her full name. Why not just post that she attempted to get a contribution from Pepsi and was treated badly? I always look at these posts with a skeptical eye.
GenuineNerd on 08/25/2008:
Because of the economy, many corporations are cutting back on their charitable donations, especially at a time when demand for services from such charities is at an all time high. However, it is wrong for the local Pepsi bottler to give you such a rude response to your request for a charitable donation. At least they could have sent you a form letter or gave you a courtesy call explaining why they couldn't donate.
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Your company being used in a scam
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GREENEVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I'm somewhat upset that it took me approx. 20 minutes to locate a way to contact your company. All I wanted was to let you know I had received an email supposedly from your company stating I had won 1.5 million euros and that I needed to provide some info by going to a Pepsi site. Below is a copy of the email I received. You should seriously consider whether or not you want to make it this difficult for a consumer to contact your company. This experience will cause me to seriously consider whether or not I have the time to find contact info for another company.
You have been Selected in the PEPSI
CONSUMER AWARD held on the 18TH OF
November, 2007. We the PROMO BOARD are pleased to inform you that you
have been approved for a payment of
1,500,000.00 EUROS (One Million,
Five Hundred Thousand Euro) in cash credited to file reference number
BTN:41632006/20 Upon your receipt of this notification, do fill the verification and funds release form and return to the claims department, for further instructions.
Name: Mr.Albert reeds

You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:
*** Name in full ***
*** Address ***
*** Nationality ***
*** Age ***
*** Occupation ***
*** Phone/Fax ***
*** Present Country ***
*** Male/Female ***
*** Annual Income ***

Yours Sincerely,
Online Co-ordinator
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FoggyOne on 11/23/2007:
No wonder these emails still go out - there are gullible people.
madconsumer on 11/23/2007:

if this email address is not evidence enough to determine a fraud, not sure what else would be.
Anonymous on 11/23/2007:
I agree with Foggy. The Nigerian scam's, lottery scam's etc. The reason why these crooks send them out is because there are always people that will fall for them. There are even commercials on TV now warning people of these scams but people still fall for them.
Anonymous on 11/23/2007:
deirdra, we are reading this wrong, right? You really were just trying to warn everybody about a e-mail scam, RIGHT?
FoggyOne on 11/23/2007:
In re-reading this I believe you are right Lidman.
LarryDan on 11/23/2007:
I'm pretty sure most all companies know about Phishing scams, no need to pass it along to them, just DELETE.
maxi on 02/22/2008:
It would have been nice if you provided the email address of Pepsi for those of us who also want to contact them with respect to this scam. As a matter of fact I never did figure out how to find their email address, that's why I am making this suggestion to you. I'm still interested in contacting them and hearing what they have to say, if anything. Did they ever get back to you?
sparkle on 03/09/2008:
when I receives these types of email I always forward them to scam control I have received several emails about me wining when I know I have never applied, so when you get an email just forward to scam control.
GenuineNerd on 04/20/2008:
Judging from the text of this letter, it is suspicious. It asks you to reply to a German Yahoo address. The only legitimate Pepsi promotions are those advertised on their packaging (such as the current "Pepsistuff" promotion with, or contests/sweepstakes offered through their "PepsiXtras" and "Mountain Dew Dewsletter" newsletters. Anything else is a fraud. Pepsi never advertised this contest via their products in the stores, so it is a scam.
Patman21 on 09/29/2008:
Actually, it sounds like she is trying to tell this to Pepsi
*Clears throat*

Dear you
Thank you kindly for the lottery receipt. We at Pepsi want to make sure that your Pepsi is scam free. Here, have a donut.
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Impossible to Open
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Rating: 1/51
I bought a bottle of Pepsi from the machine at work last week. I was unable to open the bottle. I asked everyone I work with to try to open it an nobody could. I took the bottle home and used pliers, a screwdriver, anything I could think of. It still won't open. The bottle sits in front of me still sealed shut. I want my money back. This is ridiculous.
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Wally25 on 02/24/2013:
Wow, that's outrageous. I'm sure if you call Pepsi and tell em what happened they will reimburse you and send u a coupon for a free beverage.

That's what they did when I complained to them bout my drink being expired they sent me 2 coupons one for a free 12 pack of mountain dew plus a free two liter.
Anna Molly on 02/24/2013:
That would totally tick me off. I've had the same problem recently with Gatorade. At first, I thought it was just me, and didn't want to ask for help, but when I did, everyone else had just as much trouble trying to open it.

I would do as Wally recommends. Why pay for a product that you cannot use?
trmn8r on 02/25/2013:
Sounds like you needed the right kind of pliers or a cap removal tool - I use a pair of channel-lock pliers for this job. Some of the latest caps are a real pain to remove.
Paula Lovill on 09/10/2013:
I purchased 4 6pack Diet Mountain Dews on 8 /31/13 in Mt Airy, NC at the Galaxy Store. I cannot get any of them open...I even took one to work with me to have the men at work try to open...they jokingly accused me of putting super glue on the lids....this is more will I do this!!!!!!./..will start drinking Sprite
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Rating: 5/51
I been drinking Pepsi since I was a young lad. Its my 3rd fave, the others being DEW and DR pepper. I was a bit hesitant getting Pepsi throwback because usually when Pepsi comes out with a different flavor its some diet concoction that leaves a chemical aftertaste in my mouth.

Throwback on the other hand tastes better than regular Pepsi because it uses real sugar instead of HFCS, It's less syrupy and tastes natural.

If you want to know what Pepsi tasted back in the day I'd get throwback it's much better than regular Pepsi.
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clutzycook on 12/11/2012:
If that's what natural tastes like, I'll stick with artificial.
Starlord on 12/16/2012:
I enjoyed the Throwback, but we drink Pepsi One, as I am a diabetic, and One is the only Pepsi product I can drink. Most Pepsi products have HFCS, or aspartame. Throwback has real cane sugar, and Next has four separate sweeteners. If Crystal or I drink anything with aspartame, we get throbbing headaches. we like One because it is sweetened with splenda (sucralose).
WhiteWolfTG on 03/24/2013:
Well, I'm 59 years old and worked for Coca-Cola and in my day, the shelf life on coke was 30 days...Soda Drinkers look at your "expiration" date on the can before you buy, you'll be surprised...Takes "bad chemicals" to make a drink last that long....IMO....And when drinking out of plastic bottles, remember, the carbonation will move "through" the bottle to the outside...Squeezzzze before you buy...
DebtorBasher on 03/24/2013:
WhiteWolf...I've recently stopped buying the 2L bottles of Coca~Cola because I've had so many that had a weird tastes...Not sure if it was a 'plastic' taste or what, but I couldn't drink it and I wasted so much by pouring it down the drain. I now buy my Coke in the cans and haven't had any that tasted like that. I just wish they'd dump the plastic and go back to the glass returnable bottles.
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Bottom Design
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Rating: 4/51
The design of the bottle makes them very unstable and have had many mishaps when setting it down on less than a hard flat table.

I am a Pepsi addict and would not change but have had many spills. I know the design is a marking tool to fill the bottle less without the customer feeling they are getting less. But if they spill it all the time its not worth it. I am 69 and have used Pepsi all my life.
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trmn8r on 08/23/2012:
I may be naiive, but I don't see the marketing angle regarding fill level. It is a 20 oz bottle (probably the largest pseudo single-serve size), so 20oz is 20oz. If they reduced the size to 18oz and kept the bottle around the same size and changed the shape, I would be on board. Maybe I am missing something?

That aside, if there was a design change that made the bottle more unstable, they need to know about it.
copper_works_ on 08/23/2012:
I'm pretty sure the shape of the bottom is so the machinery can handle the bottles properly during manufacturing, filling and shipping. The bottles are getting to be thinner plastic, so the shape is going to change.
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No fizz pop
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Rating: 1/51
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO -- I never buy pop from a machine anymore. It is always flat, no matter the brand or freshness. I think it is because it is bounced around in the back of a truck for a few thousand miles before it gets put into the machine.
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Skye on 08/20/2012:
I have just the opposite problem with soda. They always explode on me, and my husband told me it's due to living in such a high altitude here in Colorado.

Have you tried contacting Pepsi directly?

Here is the link:
trmn8r on 08/20/2012:
I swore off pop several years ago after I rotted one of my teeth with it. I've always had soft teeth and should have known better.

I don't know why this would be unique to soda sold in machines if it has to do with delivery. Skye made a good suggestion to contact Pepsi. I am currently trying to figure out a problem with Snapple and have called their 800# a few times.
Suzy on 08/21/2012:
All pop is bounced around in a delivery truck for hundreds or thousands of miles before being delivered to either a store shelf or a machine. I don't think it's the delivery method that is responsible for the flat taste though I am at a loss to figure out just what it is. I've never had this problem with any I've gotten from a machine but I rarely get pop from machines so I may have just been lucky enough to get the good ones.
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Rating: 5/51
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I bought a 12 pack of Pepsi and when I got home and open it 3 cans burst and as I looked further at the cans I found 4 more cans that appeared ready to.
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lexophiliac on 06/11/2012:
I believe it has more to do with temperature rather than the packaging. Soda cans will explode when warm because liquids expand when they're heated. So as it gets hotter, it takes up more room. If the can is sealed, eventually as it gets warmer & warmer, and trying to expand more and more, the pressure will build until the can bursts.
Old Timer on 06/11/2012:
This is a chronic problem with taking canned drinks to the Colorado River during the Summer. We have to keep all the Cokes and Beer covered or in a iced cooler. When it hits 110' or put in direct sunlight and heat the cans start going off. Even inside the truck but in direct sun light they will go off.

They do make for one sticky mess. I notice as we get older we drink a lot more water and iced tea then coke and beer while out in the hot sun on the river.
Starlord on 06/12/2012:
I have noticed that the companies that make the cans that they sell to soda and beer makers are using much thinner aluminum than they used to, so the cans are more liable to burst or be damaged in transit. everyone, bottlers and customers should demand that they go back to the thicker aluminum, as this thin stuff is making problems.
trmn8r on 06/12/2012:
A former colleague of mine went to work at Ball Aerospace several years ago. Interestingly, an aerospace company makes many of the aluminum cans on the market, and it is a very tightly controlled process. They can monitor the thickness of the can and the coating on the inside to tight tolerances. They use artificial intelligence to scan for image defects on the outsides of the cans as they fly down the production line.

If the current cans are not acceptable, the beverage makers need to give this feedback to the can manufacturer and arrange for a thicker can. I would think that they will do what they are contracted to do.
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Where Did the Call of Duty Cherry Blast Dew Go???????
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Rating: 5/51
FREDERICKTOWN, MISSOURI -- I am a SERIOUS Pepsahocolic!! If it came in the form of an IV I would buy it. Within a months time I go through 7 cases of Pepsi and 3 cases of Mountain Dew. Found a new kind of dew and now its vanished. That hurts so much!!! Bring it back soon!

Pepsi's number 1 customer
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Anonymous on 04/19/2012:
I too used to have an IV sitting next to my desk, allowing Mountain Dew to course through my veins. But for the fear of diabetes, I decided to quit. But while I was still drinking it, I too loved some of the Live Wire, Blast, and other varieties. Unfortunately, they were mostly short term promotions. Good review though!
Anonymous on 04/19/2012:
Mountain Dew, truly is a awesome beverage. I have not tried this flavor.
Anonymous on 04/19/2012:
It was probably a limited edition flavor.
Anonymous on 04/19/2012:
Yaya was a limited edition flavor;)
trmn8r on 04/19/2012:
I had a friend who did the Dew to the tune of two 2-liter bottles a day. He alwaus talked about how his body didn't need water, though ironically he was a biology teacher (???). After 15 years, he went in for kidney stones and some other health-related issues.
Kris10 on 04/19/2012:
Yeah, You may want to cut back on how much Pepsi and MD you drink. Not saying you have to, but they're one of the few brands to still use Brominated Vegetable Oil in their drinks.

And that alone can cause all kinds of health problems.
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