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Folks at the Lake of the Ozarks Are Miffed About This T-Shirt? Really?

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Other shirts embarass the Lake of the Ozarks a bit more than this one.
According to the Rolla Daily News, some folks down in the Lake of the Ozarks are getting all hot 'n' bothered about a new t-shirt that's flying off the racks in Wal-Mart stores in that area.

The shirt's message: "Came on Vacation; Left on Probation."

Behold the displeased quote from Tim Jacobsen, executive director of the Lake's Convention & Visitors Bureau:

It is surprising that a major retailer such as Wal-Mart would condone selling a product that portrays a negative image of the destination that supports its profits.
Now wait a second. All due respect to you, Mr. Jacobsen, but does this t-shirt truly surprise you, or the fact that Wal-Mart wants to cash in on it? Aren't raunchy tees a tradition at the Lake? 
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Or how about this one?

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Part of the fun at the lake of the Ozarks -- when you're not partaking in the squalid perversion of Party Cove -- is going to restaurants with suggestive names, such as the the Horny Toad  or Shady Gators (note how the mascot's pants are down around his ankles):

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Can you really blame Wal-Mart for joining in the spirit (and making a little coin in the process)? 
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5 comments
Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

Why anyone would want to vacation at that nasty, hillbilly ridden open sewer of a lake in the first place is beyond me. 

Jamie D. Jessop
Jamie D. Jessop

Missouri earned that rep the hard way.  It's what they wanted.  Branson should repect the authority of the state.  Plus, is art... joke art.  Stop letting your little butts hurt so much and laugh once in awhile.

EL
EL

There's a difference between businesses / Tshirts with 'raunchy' names and phrases and one using the word 'probation' w/an image of handcuffs. There's a not-so-fine line between suggestive whimsy and negative imagery.

Andrew M
Andrew M

If the shirt was sleeveless, the Lake would have no problem with it.

BMH
BMH

It's really no different than the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" line of advertizing. The whole idea of leaving on probation is that you got a little crazy down at the Lake and had too much fun. I think it's funny.

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