A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 13, 2017
“If I spend 100 minutes with Geico, will I get free car insurance?”

A famous tagline for GEICO insurance ads is: “15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.” If you spend more than 15 minutes, could you save more money?

“If I spend 100 minutes chatting with GEICO, does that mean I can get free car insurance?” was posted on Twitter on November 22, 2009. “If spending 15 minutes saves me 15% then spending 100 minutes with Geico will save me 100% on my car insurance!!!! #trollface” was posted on Twitter on March 19, 2011.


Wikipedia: GEICO
The Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO /ˈɡaɪkoʊ/) is an American auto insurance company headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It is the second largest auto insurer in the United States, after State Farm. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway that as of 2017 provided coverage for more than 24 million motor vehicles owned by more than 15 million policy holders. GEICO writes private passenger automobile insurance in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. GEICO sells its policies through local agents, called GEICO Field Representatives, and over the phone directly to the consumer, and through their website. Its mascot is a gold dust day gecko with a Cockney accent, voiced by English actor Jake Wood. GEICO is well known in popular culture for its advertising, having made a large number of commercials intended to entertain viewers.

Wikipedia: GEICO advertising campaigns
GEICO advertising campaigns are known for using surreal humor and satire, often featuring distinctive characters such as the company’s mascot, the GEICO gecko. The advertising strategy incorporates a saturation-level amount of print (primarily mail circulars) and television parody advertisements, as well as radio advertisements. A common line used by GEICO is “15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.”

Twitter
John Bonini‏
@JohnBonini
If I spend 100 minutes chatting with GEICO, does that mean I can get free car insurance?
6:37 PM - 22 Nov 2009

Twitter
Andrew Givler‏
@AGivler
If 15 minutes save you 15% percent or more with GEICO, how much will 100 minutes save?
12:57 PM - 29 Nov 2009

Twitter
Jonah Tom‏
@JonahTom
If spending 15 minutes saves me 15% then spending 100 minutes with Geico will save me 100% on my car insurance!!!! #trollface
11:31 PM - 19 Mar 2011

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John We||s‏
@TbonePickens
Sooo if you spend 100 minutes with geico can you save 100% on car insurance?
10:25 AM - 29 Mar 2011

Twitter
Jeff Stack‏
@StackJeff
If the geico and esurance 15 percent in 15 minutes claim is a direct relationship I’m spending 100 minutes with geico and get free coverage
11:44 PM - 14 Mar 2014

Twitter
David Aronoff‏
@dba
If I spend 100 minutes with @GEICO is my insurance completely free?
3:00 PM - 16 Apr 2014

Twitter
MasterNater‏
@natedog2049
Does 100 minutes with Geico save me 100 % or more on car insurance?
12:46 PM - 29 Jan 2015

Reddit—ShittyAskScience
If 15 minutes can save me 15% on car insurance can 100 minutes make my car insurance free? (self.shittyaskscience)
submitted March 30, 2015 by JesusChristZoidberg

Reddit—ShittyAskScience
I just spent 100 minutes on the phone with Geico. Why isn’t my car insurance free? (self.shittyaskscience)
submitted November 15, 2015 by [deleted]

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If I spend 100 minutes with Geico, will I get free car insurance?
submitted August 13, 2017 by seattlecreeper

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Sunday, August 13, 2017 • Permalink