OK. Several people have e-mailed this to me - the story about the woman who got her feet horribly scarred by Chinese flip-flips she bought at Wal-Mart.
Click here for her story - complete with photos, horrible grammar and some atrocious spelling. Here's a tip: People tend to treat you less like a crazy person if you know how to use the English language.
Click here for reaction to the story over at web site The Consumerist. Poor girl is taking a beating.
I have this vision of a woman with short-shorts, a crop top and crusty feet wobbling into a Wal-Mart and waving around a nasty pair of flip-flops and cussing out a manager "because your stupid crappy shoes made my poor tender feet all scarred up." PS: Do you think she had the receipt? Didn't see a scan of that.
Get that picture and try to decide if you think she's working with a full deck or not?
Here are my thoughts:
1. You get what you pay for. As a consumer, you spend years and years patronizing Wal-Mart and then act shocked when the cheap Chinese crap rises up to bite you in the ... foot.
2. I feel sorry for this girl, but I call foul. I find it hard to believe that wearing the shoes off and on for a few minutes at a time since April would cause massive chemical burns in July.
3. You're stupid. REALLY. IF THE SHOES MADE YOUR FEET FEEL TINGLY TAKE THEM OFF. And don't put them back on. I wonder if she sticks forks into electrical sockets for kicks?
4. This looks like TV. Does anyone else think this resembles the episode of "House" where the jeans got dosed with pesticide?
5. Another foul. If your feet are turning red, why did you not seek medical attention immediately? Poor or not, chemical burns would send me running for the ER.
6. Problems for Wal-Mart. There's obviously something wrong with the shoes. Either in the manufacture or the shipping.
7. Refer to Number 1. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Really. Don't act shocked when $2.88 plastic crap tries to kill you. Be glad it wasn't medicine.
8. Any more killer flip-flops out there? Why haven't we heard more about an epidemic of Killer Plastic Thongs? I'll look for them this weekend and see if we are selling any - although we are transitioning to Back to School now.
Do you think she still shops at Wal-Mart? I'll take 10-1 odds she still does. Any takers?