Bottle Cap Hoax Promises To Help Sick...

Bottle Cap Hoax Promises To Help Sick Child

There are 30 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 22, 2009, titled Bottle Cap Hoax Promises To Help Sick Child. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

People in several communities have been scammed -- not financially, but emotionally -- by a hoax that promises to provide chemotherapy for a sick child in exchange for plastic bottle caps.

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Since: May 09

Royal Palm Beach, Fla

#1 May 22, 2009
ABHORRANT
Henriques

Shelton, CT

#2 May 22, 2009
Pasquale Daly wrote:
ABHORRANT
Really? I was just thinking "How stupid are people these days, actually??"

Anyone who believed there was some value in collecting un-hygenic bottle caps needs a checkup from the neck up. I got this email from an educated neighbor who's got more heart than brains. What a dope. And so were you if you believed this.
Tim

Wethersfield, CT

#3 May 22, 2009
Wow. I can't imagine how people take spam emails seriously. Unfortunately, I can see how people can take a restaurant's charity promotion seriously. Atlanta Bread must be run by idiots to actually promote a spam email.

“Miss Eliza”

Since: Dec 07

Maine

#4 May 22, 2009
Henriques wrote:
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Really? I was just thinking "How stupid are people these days, actually??"
Anyone who believed there was some value in collecting un-hygenic bottle caps needs a checkup from the neck up. I got this email from an educated neighbor who's got more heart than brains. What a dope. And so were you if you believed this.
Lol, agreed.
Pauldow

Suffield, CT

#5 May 22, 2009
The other scam is the aluminum can tab hoax. Sure, there are places that will donate money to a charity if you send them, but all they get is the scrap metal value. It costs more to ship them than they're worth.
Hari Edo

Manchester, CT

#6 May 22, 2009
While this may be a hoax, there are sometimes legitimate bottlecap and aluminum can tab charities.

Both kinds of collections aren't about the value of the physical materials. Haven't you ever seen box-top collections or soup-label collections? The companies who want to donate large amounts of cash want to (1) get their name out there, crowing how they care about their community, and (2) scale their actual donations to the level of interest in the community.

If they only get 85 marbles donated by kids to save the wild wumpus habitat, well, they see that the kids don't care about wumpuses, so the company will stop spending PR budget. If they get 250,000 six-pack rings to find a cure for the dorkimer simplex disease, the company will ride that wave and earn some goodwill by donating a lot of cash to the dorkimer simplex foundation. It's not about the actual marbles or the six-pack rings collected.
Yet More Fake Victims

United States

#7 May 22, 2009
That's right, there aren't enough true victims of true crimes, that now people have to declare themselves "emotional victims".

For goodness sakes, you've been rooked at no expense, other than to feel a little foolish. Take the embarrassment of being easily fooled, laugh about it, and move on!
TheWebRuined Israel

Southington, CT

#8 May 22, 2009
Henriques wrote:
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Really? I was just thinking "How stupid are people these days, actually??"
Anyone who believed there was some value in collecting un-hygenic bottle caps needs a checkup from the neck up. I got this email from an educated neighbor who's got more heart than brains. What a dope. And so were you if you believed this.
Yeah you are wrong, their are kids who get chemo treatments for the aluminum tabs on soda cans. Ahhh your kind of a jerk anyway and not very bright. Hateful but not smart.
Pauldow

Suffield, CT

#9 May 23, 2009
TheWebRuined Israel wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah you are wrong, their are kids who get chemo treatments for the aluminum tabs on soda cans. Ahhh your kind of a jerk anyway and not very bright. Hateful but not smart.
Where are your facts? While Snopes isn't perfect, no one shows any better information on this particular subject.
http://www.snopes.com/business/redeem/pulltab...
Like I said earlier, you're wasting your time and money sending can tabs. 100 tabs results in about 3 1/2 cents of scrap metal value for the charity. Both the charity and you will come out ahead if you take an envelope, put a dime in it, put a 43 cent stamp on, and mail it to the charity.
Venture

Shelton, CT

#10 May 23, 2009
TheWebRuined Israel wrote:
Yeah you are wrong, their are kids who get chemo treatments for the aluminum tabs on soda cans. Ahhh your kind of a jerk anyway and not very bright. Hateful but not smart.
"THEIR are kids...."

"YOUR kind of a jerk..."

Want to know who's not very bright? Get a mirror, fool.
Richard

United States

#11 May 23, 2009
What sort of sick bastard would get pleasure out of pushing a scam like this, especially when there is no apparent financial benefit to him or her?
CPC

Cheshire, CT

#12 May 23, 2009
TheWebRuined Israel wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah you are wrong, their are kids who get chemo treatments for the aluminum tabs on soda cans. Ahhh your kind of a jerk anyway and not very bright. Hateful but not smart.
Do you have a link?
CPC

Cheshire, CT

#13 May 23, 2009
you go jodi

Manchester, CT

#14 May 23, 2009
i would have titled this article "caps for dunces" lol
Venture

Shelton, CT

#15 May 23, 2009
CPC wrote:
I'll see your link, indicating that one pound of aluminum can tabs (approximately 4,500 tabs) is worth fifteen cents (that's 300 tabs = one cent). And I'll raise you a few:

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED...

http://www.snopes.com/business/redeem/bottlec...

http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_12434...

http://theapp.appstate.edu/content/view/4339/...

Save all the bottle caps and can tabs you want. There's still no cure for stupid.
CPC

Cheshire, CT

#16 May 23, 2009
Venture wrote:
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I'll see your link, indicating that one pound of aluminum can tabs (approximately 4,500 tabs) is worth fifteen cents (that's 300 tabs = one cent). And I'll raise you a few:
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED...
http://www.snopes.com/business/redeem/bottlec...
http://www.connpost.com/breakingnews/ci_12434...
http://theapp.appstate.edu/content/view/4339/...
Save all the bottle caps and can tabs you want. There's still no cure for stupid.
lol! That would take years to collect. I agree. It's a complete waste of time.
CPC

Cheshire, CT

#17 May 23, 2009
By the way, for those who put the Judge It! icons to my comments made an incorrect assumption.

I was curious if there was an actual charity for bottlecaps and there was. Never said it was a good idea or if I would actually do it.

There's no cure for stupid assumptions either.

Since: May 09

Royal Palm Beach, Fla

#18 May 23, 2009
Eliza Anne wrote:
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Lol, agreed.
what are you agreeing with ??? Maybe someday you will be scammed little girl... don't be so quick to agree with a fool !!
Henriques

Shelton, CT

#19 May 23, 2009
Pasquale Daly wrote:
<quoted text>what are you agreeing with ??? Maybe someday you will be scammed little girl... don't be so quick to agree with a fool !!
She didn't agree with you, fool. She agreed with me when I pointed out you are a fool.

How are those bottle caps and can tabs adding up for you? Dope.
how about

Hartford, CT

#20 May 23, 2009
everyone who's all flustered over this scam donates 10 bucks to the American Cancer Society?
And then, dare i say it, move on.

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