Fundraising Fail

I think decision-makers involved in this fundraising effort made an error so egregious that it should have inspired some sort of a David Letterman Top Ten List; maybe one entitled "You Know We Should Have Went with the Bake Sale when...":

An alert has gone out for the recall of thousands of beaded bracelets sold in tourist attractions after it emerged they are made from a highly toxic seed.

The Eden Project in Cornwall, which sold 2,800 in a year, is one of 36 retailers urging customers to return the red and black wrist charms.

They are made from the Jequirity bean - a deadly seed of the plant abrus precatorious which contains the toxin abrin, a controlled substance under the Terrorism Act....

The Eden Project in St Austell was selling the bracelets, which originated from Peru, for about a year before one of the attraction's own horticulturists spotted the poisonous seeds...



"Lethal poison jewelry for sale!" "Get your deadly bracelet now and impress your friends!"

In hindsight, I guess those "silly" fundraising suggestions of potluck dinners, bingo, and rummage sales were not so bad after all.


35 comments:

oceangirl said...

They are now collectible items.

Shirley Wells said...

Wow. I hadn't heard about this. The bake sale would have been the way to go. :)

Maxi said...

Maybe it's just me, but I don't get why anyone would want one of these bracelets … much less pay for one.

Blessings - Maxi

Hilary said...

Ack... that's some killer wrist bling.

Em-Musing said...

I'm shaking thinking of how my grandkids would play with my bracelets when I held them on my lap as babies. Imagine if I had had one of these lethal blings? Yeah for bake sales.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Oh great...on more thing to worry about! Thanks Slam...

Pat Hatt said...

Geez now bracelets are out there killing people, what next? My underwear, I hope not..haha

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
Glad they manmaged to catch this ()kinda) before so much of it got out there.

Thank God no one TRIED to pass off "VX Body Spray"

Amazing what some folks will do to get "attention" either warranted OR not.

Stay safe (and bracelet-free) out there.

Stephanie said...

OMGoodness! Once again I get all my news from the blogosphere! Scary stuff.

Candice said...

I can't believe how people are so clueless to what they're selling. I mean, where did they get the beads? They obviously didn't know anything about them!

Blond Duck said...

Always go bake sale. People LOVE food.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I get to read a lot about new things from your posts :)

Momma Fargo said...

Aha. I bet divorces were on the decline last year due to sudden illness or death?

Scary. I might stick to the unnatural, nonorganic stuff. LOL

Christina Lee said...

Oh MY!!!!

Hey, how's is going around in these here parts (haven't seen ya in awhile)?!

Clara said...

That's awful!! But they look quite bad, perhaps the true mystery is how they managed to be sold in the first place?

Kell said...

Sheesh, that's gross. Maybe deep down it's why I never purchase any jewelry. I just don't trust it. Ha!

Jax said...

Really? Like, why? How do some people think of these things!!!?? hahaha

terri said...

Where was the quality control in this project? Crazy!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha, wow- who are they not paying over there???

Holly Lefevre said...

Yikes! I did not hear about this. I will stick with buying cookies, popcorn and 50/50 raffle tickets!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Slam Dunks - oh dear - and I do love the Eden Project .. you'd have thought the buyers would have checked with the horticulturists - I guess there was a blip - sincerely hope no damage is done!

Cheers Hilary

Kristen @ Motherese said...

I guess there's a reason why spaghetti suppers and bake sales have been around forever! Glad to have read this before joining the PTA and making a poor fundraiser suggestion. ;)

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, that's really sad, in a funny way. As long as no one was hurt... Epic fail!

Kristin said...

You can't beat a bake sale in my book! As long as the food isn't poisonous. Ha!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Hah! That's awesome. I kind of wish i had one

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Whoops! Glad they figured that out.

Carol Kilgore said...

And how did they get an export permit and clear customs? Amazing.

Jeanette Levellie said...

You have a nose for finding the most unique news items--I'm always entertained by your posts!

SuziCate said...

This is news to me. Thanks for keeping us on top of things!

SuziCate said...

This is news to me. Thanks for keeping us on top of things!

Audrey Allure said...

You would think they would do at least a little research! lol, at least someone noticed.

Lydia Kang said...

OMG. I have a necklace made of these beads. Thanks for the heads up! Eep.

Angela Ackerman said...

Yikes! And how many people are still wearing these, completely unaware of the danger they pose? #scary

Angela

Beth Zimmerman said...

They are pretty seeds! I probably wouldn't have thought twice about using them. Scary to think of some baby chewing on Mom's bracelet though!

Anonymous said...

They confused them with the Ormosia coccinea variety, which is not toxic at all and it is used as an amulet.