Only peripherally related to IT, so disregard if you wish...
HP has fallen into the tender trap of allowing their marketing agents to run roughshod over civil conduct and indeed civil laws in San Francisco, by posting flyers on every single lamp pole on Lombard Street in San Francisco over night.
Yes, I have a personal pet peeve over visual litter and the co-option of public space for commercial use.
Funny, but IBM got caught out eleven years ago when their ad agency stenciled advertisements all over Financial District sidewalks, eventually paying more than $100,000 in fines and restitution.
What should HP do (in the unlikely event they're listening)? Remove the offending flyers, by tomorrow morning. Publicly apologize. Flay their marketing firm or better yet ban them from HP work for evermore.
Hard to believe that marketers think these activities do anything but engender customer hostility, and harder still to believe they can foist plans like this on otherwise responsible companies like HP.