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Posted: 1/13/2005 4:30:58 AM EDT


A company that sells cuddly Teddy bears through the mail has angered mental health advocates with a special item for Valentine's Day.

The Vermont Teddy Bear Co. is featuring a 15-inch bear in a straitjacket. The $69.95 stuffed animal is called the "Crazy for You Bear" and comes with its own commitment papers.

"This bear was created in the spirit of Valentine's Day and as with all of our bears it was designed to be a lighthearted depiction of the sentiment of love," the company said in a statement.

Mental health advocates believe the bear is "a tasteless use of marketing that stigmatizes persons with mental illness," said Jerry Goessel, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

The company said it would discontinue the bear, but not before Feb. 14.

"We recognize that this is a sensitive, human issue and sincerely apologize if we have offended anyone," the firm said. "This bear was developed just for Valentine's Day and is not a permanent addition to our product line."

Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:33:00 AM EDT
I want one!
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:34:03 AM EDT
i like the idea.

maybe these people should bitch less and focus on not being fucking nuts.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:34:12 AM EDT
just because it pisses them off, I have to have one
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:34:28 AM EDT
Buy em up before they pull it and Ebay! Ebay=NFA!!!!
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:37:17 AM EDT
If they rename it the "I got married" bear, I'll buy one.....


Tell the mentally ill to get the hell back in the hospital and leave the bears alone. Some people really have too much time on their hands...
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:39:45 AM EDT
We all know that Teddy Bears are more regulated than so called "assault weapons" are.... There are way more consumer safety laws for them than guns... Now we know it's true. HMMMM.

A truth from the Brady Bunch.... Excuse me, I need to check the temperature in Hell....
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 4:41:31 AM EDT
Because someone is pissed off at them and saying that they're evil, they will sell ten times more bears.

I have to invent a product that pisses people off.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:11:32 AM EDT
I want one!

So do I!

Me too!

Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:23:51 AM EDT
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my..... buhuwaahahahahahhaahahahhahahahahahahahha
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:27:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2005 6:28:21 AM EDT by Scottman]
The evil item:
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:30:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2005 6:30:47 AM EDT by 223-Buckaroo]
Here it is:

store.yahoo.com/vtbear/crazyforyou.html






Edited to add : Dang ! you beat me to it !
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:30:25 AM EDT
prebans! get your prebans!


only $1,500.00 each!
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:32:10 AM EDT
They should rename it the "crazy white guy" or put a little AR in his jacket and call him a gun nut.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 6:32:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Strats:
Because someone is pissed off at them and saying that they're evil, they will sell ten times more bears.

I have to invent a product that pisses people off.




Domestic abuse bear? That ought to work.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 10:10:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I want one!



Link Posted: 1/13/2005 10:21:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 10:43:48 AM EDT
I gotta have one!
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 10:48:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DDiggler:
I want one!




Me too!

I love having shit that pisses other people off!
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 10:58:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Waldo:

Originally Posted By Strats:
Because someone is pissed off at them and saying that they're evil, they will sell ten times more bears.

I have to invent a product that pisses people off.




Domestic abuse bear? That ought to work.



I'm picturing a bear in a wife-beater (tank-top undershirt). Photoshop anyone?
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 11:03:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2005 11:12:11 AM EDT by ByteTheBullet]
Isn't calling the PC group nazis ironic...wait, I get it!

Nice bear too! Has anyone ordered one yet?


ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 11:04:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
i like the idea.

maybe these people should bitch less and focus on not being fucking nuts.


LOL. Plus one on both counts.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 11:12:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2005 11:13:25 AM EDT by twonami]
I'd get one but I can buy a lot of ammo for $70.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 11:33:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By twonami:
I'd get one but I can buy a lot of ammo for $70.



Yeah, that's alot for a stuffed animal.

On New Years, I spend $30 on a bear that my GF wanted.

Well, I threw $30 worth of darts, anyway. At 3 darts for 5 dollars. I had to 'upgrade' through all the levels. You know, pop a balloon, get a little bear. 2 of those gets you a bigger one. 2 of those gets you a bigger one.

I didn't miss much, but it was still dang expensive.

My sister's husband spent $50, though, and she got a smaller bear.

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