Ahoy, Matey! Stamps.com Customer Support Celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Update! Here are some pictures of Stamps.com’s Los Angeles-based Customer Support Team celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day. More photos will be posted soon on the Stamps.com Flickr Page!
On September 19, 2006—ten years after the very first International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD), Stamps.com’s Los Angeles based Customer Support team decided to get into the swashbuckling spirit of the day by decorating their cubicles and addressing each other by their pirate names. Since 2006, Stamps.com’s celebration has grown each year.
According to Customer Support manager (and Pirate Captain) Vince, “Stamps.com started to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day when some of the technical support and help desk mateys decided to celebrate back in 2006. The first couple of years there were barely enough scurvy dogs to man a rowboat but we have steadily recruited men and women from all seven seas to proudly participate in our pirate adventures.”
Sound like an episode of The Office? Perhaps, but that’s what makes working at Stamps.com so much fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re committed to serving our customers, and we have a good time while doing it!
So it’s only fair that this year’s celebration will be even more intense than the last four. Participation in ITLAPD has expanded, and the entire company will mark the day by having a huge feast! We’re going to hoist pirate flags, host a costume contest with prizes and throw a BBQ (courtesy of Pirate Captain and Grill-Master Vince) where we can eat some good smoked meats and drink root-grog as a crew.
Why We Like International Talk Like a Pirate Day
International Talk Like a Pirate Day started out as a joke between two friends. During a racquetball game in 1995, one of them incurred a slight injury which caused him to yell out, “Aaarrr!” Both fellows found this extremely funny and started egging each other on to continue with the pirate-speak. Every September 19, they celebrated with a few select friends and eventually their celebration became an internet phenomenon popular worldwide.
At Stamps.com, ITLAPD has become something for our Customer Support team to “band together and have fun doing so,” says Captain Vince. Be sure to check back at our blog this Friday to see pictures from our parrrty!
This is Buckaneer Drunken Toe, signing off. Aaarrr!