Lenexa-based Datamax created some noisy, colorful fun from complaints that service technicians hear about office copiers. And it raised funds for a charity at the same time.
The company’s “worst copier in Kansas City” contest ended Thursday afternoon in an explosion of toner colors.
The winner was the nonprofit Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, which on Thursday got to see its hated copier dropped after being suspended from a crane 110 feet up. In exchange, the group gets a two-year free use of a new $10,000 Canon copier.
The event, held near the Datamax office at 8030 Flint St., included secondary drops as a benefit for Biggsteps, a cancer awareness organization. For a $30 donation, people brought other objects — watermelons and anything up to 200 pounds — to plummet from the crane.
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The company intends to make the copier drop an annual event, according to local president Chris Gaunce, and already is looking for an interesting public space to do the next one.