We would consider it an honor– except it’s from the US Commerce Association. Basically, a quick google search will let you know this is simply a vanity reward at best… but more likely just a scam.
Here’s the email we received:
Re: Final Notice (3rd Attempt): The Palner Group Inc Receives 2010 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award
The Palner Group Inc has been selected as the 2010 Best of Fort
Lauderdale Award winner in the Urban Planning & Consulting Services
category by the US Commerce Association. We have tried to contact your
business throughout the year but have not received any response. With
this final notice you still have a chance to order an award for 2010.
The USCA identifies companies that excel in their business category
and successfully market their business to the public and the local
community. Each year, the “Best of Local Business” Award Program
offers recognition to local businesses throughout the country based on
The email then links us to an order form for our award. We responded with a string of movie quotes:
Thank you for this award.
It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the
days, sitting on the porch with my family, singing and dancing down in
The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it
was a happy little tale, that I was just a normal everyday guy, not a
care in the world, somebody lied. But let me assure you, this story,
like any story worth telling, is all about a girl. That girl. Mary-Jane
Watson. The girl I loved since before I even liked girls.
You know the thing about a shark, he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes
like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t seem to be living
until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over and white and then, ah,
then you hear that terrible high-pitch screaming. The ocean turns red
and despite all the pounding and hollering, they all come in and they
rip you to pieces.
The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better
word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts
through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in
all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has
marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will
not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation
called the USA.
Wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there.
Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there.
If I asked you about art you’d probably give me the skinny on every art
book ever written. Michelangelo. You know a lot about him. Life’s work.
Political aspirations. Him and the pope. Sexual orientations. The whole
works, right? But I bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the
Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that
beautiful ceiling, seen that.
The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of
the game. Every minute. Every second. On this team we fight for that
inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to
pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch.
Because we know when we add up all those inches, that’s going to make
the fucking difference between winning and losing. Between living and
I look back on the way I was then. A young, stupid kid who committed
that terrible crime. I wanna talk to him. I wanna try to talk some sense
to him. Tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone
and this old man’s all that’s left.
But today — today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the
So on behalf of the entire corporation, The Palner Group, Inc. proudly
accepts this award. I assume this will be a standard cash prize?
With best regards,