Nick Offerman on "Last Week Tonight" (HBO)

John Oliver and Nick Offerman demonstrate the hilarious downside of robot sales assistants

Home improvement stores are a volatile spot for couples


Sarah Gray
November 3, 2014 7:42PM (UTC)

Just ahead of the holiday season, Lowe's is introducing robot sales assistants to stores. On "Last Week Tonight" John Oliver shared that he's not convinced that this is a great plan, and he had the help of Nick Offerman from "Parks and Recreation" to explain why.

"Robot assistants are a terrible idea,” Oliver explained. “Here’s why: sales associates at home improvement stores are not there to help people find things. They’re there to stop couples from tearing each other apart."

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"If you really want to test your marriage, go buy home supplies together because Lowe’s is like a swingers party or a couple’s brunch; no one is leaving on speaking terms."

Oliver explained that if he were a Lowe's competitor, he'd run the following advertisement. Watch below:


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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