81: Attention, shopper

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Attention, shopper
There's a red convertible outside my building with the license plate ‘DADS MNY'.
Title text: There's a red convertible outside my building with the license plate ‘DADS MNY'.


I haven't heard it done lately, but a stereotypical loudspeaker announcement (often referenced in TV and film) is one in which a store employee (or anyone else in charge somewhere where people gather, like church or a school) announces that a certain colour and model of car has its lights on, or is blocking another car, or is about to be towed. A licence plate is sometimes included for greater clarity.

The Dodge Viper SRT-10 was a version of the Dodge Viper available on the third and fourth generations of Viper from 2003-2010. It was a very expensive sports car.

In this case, Black Hat is up to his old ways as, in addition to announcing that an SRT-10 has its lights on, he also announces that it has had its windshield smashed with a golf club. He clearly only knows what instrument was used because he is holding the golf club (and presumably was the one who smashed the windshield). Thus, in an ironic sense, Black Hat is making an announcement which would usually helpful in an ironic sense after having done something hurtful to the car.

The two license plates in the comic are personalized license plates, which are plates with a custom set of characters which you can pay for if you desire. They typically are intended to represent words but often have vowels missing to save characters, or numbers in place of letters. The one in the comic-proper is clearly "My Toy" – suggesting that the owner was bragging about his car and perhaps that he has lots of money which may have irritated Black Hat; the plate in the image text is most likely "Dad's Money", which Randall suggests is a real plate on a car outside his building, suggesting that the driver's father paid for the car. Not something the average person would want to brag about, as it seems fairly cocky, and also suggests that the person can't afford the car on their own.


[Hat guy is holding a golf club and speaking into a P.A. system]
Hat guy: Attention,
Hat guy: To the owner of a Dodge Viper SRT-10 with license plate "MYTOY", your lights are on and your windshield was just smashed with a golf club.

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I always assumed he'd smashed the windshield because the lights were on, rather than the other way around. 17:14, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

I think most people just assume that Black Hat smashed the windshield and turned on the lights because the license plate was bragging so obviously about the owners money.Mulan15262 (talk) 14:32, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
I assumed that he had
  1. noticed the car because its lights were on,
  2. seen the licence plate,
  3. found (or stolen) a golf club,
  4. smashed the windshield, and
  5. made the announcement.
Cheese Lord Eggplant (talk) 21:15, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

I think that the car outside Randall's window is "dad's mini", which is a type of car right? 19:50, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

The "Y" in DADSMNY suggests "money" to me 06:16, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

i think the sequence of events is black hat sees fancy car hits car with club makes annunouncement