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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TheWebRuined Israel

Southington, CT

#21 May 23, 2009
Pauldow wrote:
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Where are your facts? While Snopes isn't perfect, no one shows any better information on this particular subject.
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.
We collect tabs for a girl in Plainville Highschool who turns them in directly to the cancer treatment center. You are right there is no profit in this, but the cancer center does it for kids with no or bad ins. There is no need to tell me to prove it, if you don't believe it and don't want to research it for yourself, I could care less if you live your life in the dark and talk falsehoods here.
Dr J in PA

Norristown, PA

#22 May 23, 2009
Scams like these are as old as the hills. I remember this one from the late 1960s: empty cigarette packs for time on a respirator!
I wish

United States

#23 May 23, 2009
I wish that people would think twice, no three times before they forward EMails. I am offended by the "if you believe in God forwrd this, if you do not Delete this." does God spend the day on his/her computer. If anyone has saved the aluminum tabs give them to the Masons, they do sell them for the price of scrap metal and put the cash to very good use..but don't spend the price of postage..everyone that did collect the caps must have been well intentioned.

Since: May 09

Royal Palm Beach, Fla

#24 May 23, 2009
Henriques wrote:
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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.
Look here wet one.... I was disagreeing with her, for agreeing with you, now you say you are trying to make me look dumb by pointing out she was agreeing with you, when I knew all along she was agreeing with you, and know I am disagreeing with you for thinking I didn't all ready know she was agreeing with you... are we in agreeance ???

“Thinking critically since 1964”

Since: Mar 07

Winsted, CT

#25 May 23, 2009
There is no rational reason these days ever to be taken in by a hoax of this kind. The ability to research these things is just too readily available. Lots of commenters have posted links to reference information on this topic, and the same is true of many other "pass the word" email hoaxes.

Here's a list of "urban legend" reference sites, courtesy of Google Directory. Pass IT on instead of the "pass the word" emails you get.

Brodhead, KY

#26 May 23, 2009
how about wrote:
everyone who's all flustered over this scam donates 10 bucks to the American Cancer Society?
And then, dare i say it, move on.
Something "non-abhorrant", cost and time effective, and selfless?

You win.:)

San Jose, CA

#27 Jul 9, 2009
do you know of such an organization that will take the metal tabs from soda cans and give free chemo?

San Jose, CA

#28 Jul 9, 2009
do you know of such an organization that will take the metal tabs from soda cans and give free chemo?
Hari Edo wrote:
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.

Las Vegas, NV

#29 Oct 6, 2010
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.
Why would you say this?? It is no harm no foul for the kind harted people that want to help this cause. Weather it's legit or not is another story. Shame on you for riddculing those tht want to help.
They do programs like this all the time. If it is a scam than those people need the "checkup" not ones trying to help...

“Do vegans eat animal crackers?”

Since: Aug 08


#30 Dec 10, 2010
There *is* harm done by the "kind hearted people" because they become both victim and promoter. They encourage the worthless collection of junk to their friends by email, facebook, etc., then defend it as a true cause. They claim they got the info from a reliable source, and therefore claim they are a reliable source. And the beat goes on.

The hoax then breeds. When it is discovered to be a hoax, the duped say "who started this hoax?" when they should be saying "why was I an idiot to believe and promote this hoax - I am just as guilty!"

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