Really, 7-Eleven got lucky. The company posted its joke on Facebook about Mental Health Month right around the time the news media were busy with other things—namely, the death of Osama bin Laden.
“On Facebook, you’re talking to a LOT of people,” wrote Shankman, one of the first bloggers to pick up on the now-deleted Facebook post. “Make a joke to three people? Not too dangerous. To over 700,000 people? Someone is going to be offended. And people were. Big time.”
For example, one commenter wrote, “Your latest status update is super lame and whoever updates your Facebook page should be fired.”