Word on The Street

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For the pulse on Advertising Week in New York City, Ad Age reporters asked consumers around the city to critique the week and the business.

A sampling of comments: What do you think about the advertising business and the people who work in it?

Name: Micky Thorbecke

Occupation: High school student/ skateboarder

Age: 17

"It's bullshit. Advertising is usually crap. ... Be honest: If you're selling a piece of shit, just say that's what it is."

Name: Donald Conlon

Occupation: Retired Parks Department employee

Age: 68

"To tell you the truth, I think most of the advertising they create is phony, misleading and exaggerated."

Name: Alexandra Barbalas

Occupation: Candy vendor on 14th St.

Age: 66

"If you want to make money, you have to advertise. And you have to advertise nonstop. If you do that, many will come."

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