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Best Buy Threatens Priest With Legal Action

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Best Buy's legion of self-professed tech experts -- known as the Geek Squad -- has long been known for its chicanery, unnecessary fees, and inadequate problem-solving abilities. So it's a little surprising its image was co-opted by a group facing similar allegations for nearly two millennia -- the Catholic Church.

The company issued a cease and desist letter to Father Luke Strand of the Holy Family Catholic Community in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Strand had emblazoned the side of his Volkswagen Beetle with the words "God Squad" within a logo awfully similar to Best Buy's geek team. According to the Journal Sentinel, Strand had been driving the car with the logo for at least two years, presumably enough time to describe the dangers of pre-installing software before making a commitment to one laptop.

In an email to the Sentinel, Paula Baldwin -- Best Buy's senior manager for public relations -- defended the company's actions. "This was a really difficult thing for us to do because we appreciate what Father Strand is trying to accomplish with his mission. But at the end of the day, it's bad precedent to let some groups violate our trademark while pursuing others."

Certainly, if there's one organization who will convert the public to its flock through grinning salesman, accusations of ineffective competitors, and deals too good to be true, it's Best Buy.
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