It's always polite to wave back

It's that time of year again, and you'll see them on just about every corner now. Every year right after New Years during tax time, you'll start seeing friendly people dressed in Statue of Liberty costumes standing on the side of the road waving at you. This seasonal job has been a steady tradition since 1998 in the United States. These friendly folks work outside in all sorts of rough weather for the Liberty Tax Service.

The Liberty Tax Service is well respected and very well known for its wavers, who are people in Statue of Liberty costumes and sometimes even Uncle Sam costumes. This type of advertising, which Liberty Tax Service uses is a form of guerrilla marketing. This type of marketing is a strategy in which low-cost unconventional means are utilized to promote a product. In this case it's Liberty's Tax Service. Guerrilla marketing focuses on low cost creative strategies of marketing, with the intentions of getting the maximum results from minimal resources. That's where all of these friendly waving folks come into play.

The job depending on the area has different titles like guerrilla marketers, wavers, marketing, and costume sign wavers. The requirements for a waver basically are you must be able to wear a particular costume, have plenty of energy & enthusiasm, and be a out going friendly people person. In exchange you'll get paid to wave, dance and have lots of fun as a Liberty Tax costumed character.

Finally curiosity got the best of me, and one day I stopped and talked for a few minutes to one of the Statue of Liberty wavers. This particular Statue of Liberty waver's name was Lizzy, and she was a smiling short curly haired girl with glasses. Lizzy was spinning a sign around that read " Honk if you love Liberty". I asked Lizzy what she liked about her job, and she was more then happy to tell me.

Lizzy said that this was her second year doing this, and that it's a lot of fun. She said she likes working in the fresh air outside, and after 45 minutes she gets a 15 minute break, and she added where else can a person listen to their iPod all day at work. She said that it's a job, and she gets to see and meet all types of interesting people.

She likes not being cramped up in an office or factory somewhere for 8-12 hours a day, and she likes being able to stretch her legs. Lizzy said it's not hard back breaking work, and that she stays in shape with all of the activity and exercise without the expense of a gym membership. Before I left Lizzy said that she just might even get discovered someday by Hollywood doing this. She said after all Pamela Anderson got discovered from off of a Jumbo-tron at a ballpark to star in the television show Baywatch.

So with tax season back with us again, the next time you pass by a friendly waving Statue of Liberty, take a second and wave back to them. You might just make somebody's day a little bit brighter. :)

Do you ever take a moment to wave back to the people in the Statue of Liberty costumes?

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ArtDiva 23 months ago from Yountville, CA

This "polite" gesture of "waving back," acknowledging presence, should be extended to all aspects of our lives, don't you think? To make someone's day, makes mine. Good read. Hope you had a good day!


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RoadMonkey 23 months ago

I thought at first this was a joke but I THINK now that it is not. Well, it's at least a form of advertising that is a lot more fun than looking at a hoarding!


Kathleen Kerswig 23 months ago

Thanks for writing about this topic. I actually enjoy waving back. I love the smiles I receive when they realize I'm acknowledging their presence. Thanks for sharing!


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amazmerizing 23 months ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

We always love to wave back... we often honk and yell out the window too! ;)


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Sparklea 23 months ago from Upstate New York

I love this hub...I must live under a rock because I have NEVER seen a Statue Of Liberty person waving and advertising - EVER...if I do I WILL wave! I wave at everyone...even construction workers who hold up traffic and have a stop sign. Voted up, interesting useful and awesome! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Carol Reed 23 months ago from Remote

I think Liberty Tax characters are only found in certain parts of the world. Most likely only where Liberty Tax Service is offered. However, I feel that waving at others is great for the soul. So what if they are on each street corner, they aren't the same person in each costume. I agree with, Kathleen Kerswig, waving brings smiles, smiles are contagious & smiles bring happiness. Be happy, give a wave. I dare you. ;)


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Dr Pran Rangan 23 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

Thanks for a nice hub. Waving at someone conveys our friendliness. It also boosts the enthusiasm of the person waved at.


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Theresa Jonathan 23 months ago from Maseru, Lesotho

A good and well thought Hub. Waving at someone is a positive gesture that display positive regard. Actually it is physical sharing of positive energy at that person. It is the least we can do to spread love in others.


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Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I left a response this morning, but I don't see it. Maybe I forgot to hit the post button. I think you should wave to the Liberty wavers too. We had a girl Liberty waver here in our area who would run over to your car if you stopped for a red light and give any child in the car a foam Liberty crown. She was so happy. It's always good to be nice.


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hostaguy 23 months ago from 8374 E State Rd 45 Unionville IN 47468

I'm a head bobber but love the blog. I wish we had these people in my area of the country.


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vkwok 23 months ago from Hawaii

Sounds like those wavers are having a blast.


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MelRootsNWrites 22 months ago from California

I don't think I've seen these specific sign wavers in my area, but I have seen others. I always wave and shout back. It must get a little boring doing this all day. They need the encouragement.

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