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(Yahoo)   Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner charged with tax evasion, says he will pay $53 million, or the equivalent worth of 6 of those "Princess Diana" bears released after her death in 1998   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 45
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2013-09-18 07:47:44 PM
It's a shame that there wasn't a regulated market in those things.  I would have shorted the shiate out of them.
 
2013-09-18 07:48:40 PM
He'll learn his civic duty once Bubba is done with him.

By which I mean he will be brutally raped in prison.
 
2013-09-18 07:49:40 PM
Beanie Babies: what I call my farts.
 
2013-09-18 07:52:35 PM
I knew a couple, years ago, who had taken to the Beanie Babies collection craze with a fervor usually reserved for hoarders. It was bizarre - they had invested tens of thousands of dollars not just in the stuffed trifles themselves, but also in ridiculous storage systems designed to preserve them. Every once in a while, I wonder what they're doing today...
 
2013-09-18 08:04:23 PM

FormlessOne: I knew a couple, years ago, who had taken to the Beanie Babies collection craze with a fervor usually reserved for hoarders. It was bizarre - they had invested tens of thousands of dollars not just in the stuffed trifles themselves, but also in ridiculous storage systems designed to preserve them. Every once in a while, I wonder what they're doing today...


They're sitting in a house full of beanie babies wondering why they didn't appreciate to be the million dollar investment they thought they would become.
 
2013-09-18 08:06:31 PM
pfft. i put all my retirement money in beanie babies


you folks watch your 401k ira's sink like the titanic while I will live like a king on a mighty mountain of stuffed love

STUFFED LOVE

/wouldn't that make a great name for a porno movie?
 
2013-09-18 08:07:57 PM

FormlessOne: I knew a couple, years ago, who had taken to the Beanie Babies collection craze with a fervor usually reserved for hoarders. It was bizarre - they had invested tens of thousands of dollars not just in the stuffed trifles themselves, but also in ridiculous storage systems designed to preserve them. Every once in a while, I wonder what they're doing today...


This is why I'm glad my fiancee and I have different hobbies. And sense not to waste money on random collectibles.
 
2013-09-18 08:10:23 PM

Omahawg: pfft. i put all my retirement money in beanie babies


you folks watch your 401k ira's sink like the titanic while I will live like a king on a mighty mountain of stuffed love

STUFFED LOVE

/wouldn't that make a great name for a porno movie?


I've got some love that needs to be stuffed

/uh huh, ugh, ugh!
 
2013-09-18 08:24:56 PM
I dont care want you guys think, beanie babies are f'in sweet:

dreamers.com
 
2013-09-18 08:35:46 PM
I worked in a kids toy store in 1998-2000 when the Beanie Baby craze was going on.  I have a thousand stories of how dumb people were.  I did sell 1 or 2 of each bear on Ebay for $100 each. That helped pay for Christmas that year.  We used to take 30-40 calls per day asking if the shipment had arrived yet.  Little ladies would follow the UPS man because they knew what the boxes looked like and then harass the stores that got shipments.
 
2013-09-18 08:35:52 PM
Newsgroups:alt.tasteless,alt.shenanigans,alt.slack

Subject: MY HAPPY DAY AT MICKET D'S

From: furplay <f­u­r­play[nospam-﹫-backwards]a­iv­o­n*n­et>

Date: 1 Jun 1998 13:14:00 -0500

I was getting a bit hungry last week, so since I had to drop off some videos

at the local Blockbuster ("Starship Troopers" and "Boogie Nights", if you must

know), I'd go and get some lunch at McDonalds. It somewhat qualifies as a

"food", at least until you get to dinner when you can make up for it with some

real nutrients.

As I approached, it seemed odd that there was more than the usual number of

morons going in there as well, along with a LOT of discarded Happy Meal

containers in the parking lot. I worried that it may be "brat night", but

noticed that the telltale sign of sprogs working up a good lawsuit were

abscent from the playground out front, so I pressed on.

Anyways, as I was placing my order, this sweaty, fatassed she-freak tries to

shove herself in front of me, screaming at the top of her lungs if they still

had any of those pelican "Teeny Beany Babies" they were plopping into Happy

Meals. It was bad enough that the line was extra long and extra slow because

the McBots in the burger mines were working franticly to fill all those HM

orders for the rest of the Beany-crazed herd.

I came close to wanting to grab this hippo and scream "GET OUT OF MY FACE, YOU

BEANY-BRAINED MORON!! *I* *AM* *HUNGRYYYYYY*!!!!" at the top of my lungs, but

Satan gave me a BETTER idea. Something with even MORE devastating potential.

I looked towards the harried, humanoid shaped pimple-farm behind the counter

and asked how many of these Bobdammed pelicans they had left.

"Uh, about three", he said.

"Okay, I'd like to add THREE Happy Meals to my order, and make sure they have

those pelicans in there, OK?"

"Uh, Okay.......sure" he replied, catching onto why I would order that many.

It seemed to make him feel like he'd bring them to me on a McSilver tray if

they had one.

I gave Mrs. Jabba a bigassed smirk (ever see that part where the Grinch grins

from ear to ear?). She seemed so agast at the horror of her NOT getting her

precious farking Teeny Beanies that I actually had to make sure that when my

order came up, she did'nt try to make a grab for one of the Happy Meals and

run for the door (I'm sure she would'nt move very fast, but trying to stop

THAT much mass may prove hazardous).

Instead, she screamed a bit shiatfit, demanded to speak with the manager to

make me GIVE HER those pelican Beanies (the head McManager just simply told

her that it was "first come, first serve", and it was corporate policy).

Realizing that she was as much of a loser as she was fat, she claimed that

McDonald's & I were in on a conspiracy and swore that she was going to sue me

and the McDonald's Corporation for every thin dime we both have and that were

NOT going to get away with this, yatta-yatta-yatta, oink oink oink, moooooooo.

Yeah, right.

So there I sat, munching away on my McFood (there was enough there on the tray

to even make the cow woman explode), with my little droopy-ass pelican toys

sitting in full view so that as the Beany-morons left empty-handed, they'd see

my treasure before them and they would know despair ("IIIIIIIIIIII-got,

your-Beeeeeeeeee-nies! You-can-not, haaaaave-none!

You-are-all-reeeeee-tards!"). A few of them actually came up to my table as I

was eating and offered real money for them, but my evil was in full bloom that

hour, and I had other plans for these little effigies of mediahype and human stupidity.

Before I departed (I was getting so full that I just ate the "meat" patty in

each HM and left the buns and fries untouched), I sliced off the pelican heads

and left each one perched on top of the straws of the undrunk small drinks as

a warning to those who try to fark around with MY personal space ever again

(and used the ketchup packets to have simulated congealed blood running down

the straws and neck stumps of the bodies, which I had placed in the uneaten

buns). And to finish this masterpiece, I took out a marker to make a little

billboard out of one of the HM boxes turned inside-out to write "BEANIES

SUCK!!". It looked like a diorama of Vlad Teppes' visit to McDonaldLand.

I wish I had a camera to photograph the table before I left, but I get a

feeling some of the workers may have done so before they cleared it off. I'm

sure it made their day after their harrowing shift in Beanybrain Hell. I've

got to ask them if they can make me print when I go back there some day.

Sure, I may have wasted a lot of good food and passed up the chance to make

some moron money, but the chance to commit evil like this has NO price tag.
 
2013-09-18 08:36:11 PM
I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.
 
2013-09-18 08:46:05 PM

jtown: I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.


I was thinking the article might have made a typo on that, 53 million seems like a totally outrageous penalty for a mere 3.1 million in unreported income.
 
2013-09-18 08:51:55 PM
Not a typo. The penalty is about one year of income.
 
2013-09-18 08:56:01 PM
You should see their corporate head quarters in Westmont Il. It is freaking huge. And on it they have all the stuff a kid would love. A water park, a regular park, picnic areas, it is just incredible and it is all open to the public. The problem with them is they don't pay their employees much.
 
2013-09-18 08:56:10 PM
He also hid income for years and went to great lengths even though the amount is relatively small. I believe this is what's called setting an example.
 
2013-09-18 09:06:07 PM

TheDirtyNacho: Not a typo. The penalty is about one year of income.


Apparently, the penalty is not for hiding income, per se, but for willfully hiding or misreporting assets held in a foreign bank.  In those cases, the size of the penalty does not have to do with the amount of interest/income/whatever generated by the hidden funds, but is some percentage of the total of said hidden funds.
 
2013-09-18 09:08:38 PM

Omahawg: pfft. i put all my retirement money in beanie babies


you folks watch your 401k ira's sink like the titanic while I will live like a king on a mighty mountain of stuffed love

STUFFED LOVE

/wouldn't that make a great name for a porno movie?


I'm sure that's already a porn name. Just like I'm sure that there's a seedy strip club, located near an airport, named "The Landing Strip".

/ also, I remember beany babies. I had the green and blue chameleon; that is until my brother decided to rip his tail off, just like he saw happen on Mutual of Omaha's wild kingdom. It was a very tramatic experience.
 
Ral
2013-09-18 09:22:29 PM
Things that are designed to be collectible rarely actually become valuable, precisely because so many are made.
 
2013-09-18 09:22:57 PM
Steiff stuffed animals make some collectors go nuts. I have no idea why.
 
2013-09-18 09:31:11 PM

Ral: Things that are designed to be collectible rarely actually become valuable, precisely because so many are made.


Actually, many of the Beanie Babies had deliberately small production runs, precisely to increase their value to collectors. Common practice - just ask any CCG player.
 
2013-09-18 09:40:03 PM

Forty-Three: TheDirtyNacho: Not a typo. The penalty is about one year of income.

Apparently, the penalty is not for hiding income, per se, but for willfully hiding or misreporting assets held in a foreign bank.  In those cases, the size of the penalty does not have to do with the amount of interest/income/whatever generated by the hidden funds, but is some percentage of the total of said hidden funds.



Makes sense, thanks.
 
2013-09-18 09:43:59 PM

ReapTheChaos: jtown: I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.

I was thinking the article might have made a typo on that, 53 million seems like a totally outrageous penalty for a mere 3.1 million in unreported income.


With a net worth of $2.6 billion, that fine's almost a drop in the bucket. He's still ridiculously rich as #209 of the 400 top wealthiest Americans.
 
2013-09-18 10:04:49 PM

WordyGrrl: ReapTheChaos: jtown: I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.

I was thinking the article might have made a typo on that, 53 million seems like a totally outrageous penalty for a mere 3.1 million in unreported income.

With a net worth of $2.6 billion, that fine's almost a drop in the bucket. He's still ridiculously rich as #209 of the 400 top wealthiest Americans.


I'm not one of those "lets stick it to the rich guy" types, I don't see his wealth as relevant. Imagine if you failed to report $3,000 in income and the IRS wanted $53,000 in penalties? A little harsh no?
 
2013-09-18 10:06:58 PM
A quick search of eBay shows that subby is only slightly exaggerating the price of those bears.  Maybe. Some are $10,some are $20, some are $50,  some are $500, some are $5000, some are $10000 and others are $100000.  I'm kinda glad that this confuses me.

 

ReapTheChaos: FormlessOne: I knew a couple, years ago, who had taken to the Beanie Babies collection craze with a fervor usually reserved for hoarders. It was bizarre - they had invested tens of thousands of dollars not just in the stuffed trifles themselves, but also in ridiculous storage systems designed to preserve them. Every once in a while, I wonder what they're doing today...

They're sitting in a house full of beanie babies wondering why they didn't appreciate to be the million dollar investment they thought they would become.


They probably have a crate full of the $10 ones, but they think by God know, and don't you dare try to tell them otherwise, that they'll
 be worth as much as the others. Just you wait and see.
 
2013-09-18 10:20:12 PM

ReapTheChaos: WordyGrrl: ReapTheChaos: jtown: I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.

I was thinking the article might have made a typo on that, 53 million seems like a totally outrageous penalty for a mere 3.1 million in unreported income.

With a net worth of $2.6 billion, that fine's almost a drop in the bucket. He's still ridiculously rich as #209 of the 400 top wealthiest Americans.

I'm not one of those "lets stick it to the rich guy" types, I don't see his wealth as relevant. Imagine if you failed to report $3,000 in income and the IRS wanted $53,000 in penalties? A little harsh no?


Yes, it does seem harsh, but there's a good reason for it. As was stated above, the penalty is based on a percentage of the hidden funds, not the earnings generated from those hidden funds. The rationale behind doing this is that there is the presumption that a US taxpayer who has substantial unreported assets held in a foreign country must not have paid any taxes on these funds. If the taxpayer can argue that this presumption is flawed, the IRS will waive taxation of the corpus. Mr. Beanie Baby wasn't able to make this sort of argument successfully.
 
2013-09-18 10:28:54 PM
I was working IT retail for part of the 90's.  Beanie Babies were serious business.

/people DIED
 
2013-09-18 10:31:22 PM

FrancoFile: It's a shame that there wasn't a regulated market in those things.  I would have shorted the shiate out of them.


Yeah, but then someone else would want all the option types available

then someone else would want to trade beanie baby options on margin

and then someone else would end up securitizing leveraged beanie baby options and selling them

and then someone else would insure those with beanie-baby default swaps, and sell those

and then the Rainbow Peace sign bear drops in value by a buck, Lehman Brothers collapses, and I lose my house.

Thanks for farking up America FrancoFile!


/I Keed!

//Sorta
 
2013-09-18 10:52:44 PM
I looked on eBay to see how much these were actually going for, not the asking price. Here are the most expensive ones I could find:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/390620667376
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/111147611073
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/181201286896
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/151086969709
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/141037196578


The first one is about $600, then the next few quickly go down to about $200. I'm not sure I even believe most of them, might have been fake bids. Most of the rarest ones, including the princess Diana ones seem to go for about $50, though you seem to get a set of them for that much.
 
2013-09-18 11:01:29 PM

Lars The Canadian Viking: I looked on eBay to see how much these were actually going for, not the asking price. Here are the most expensive ones I could find:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/390620667376
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/111147611073
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/181201286896
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/151086969709
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/141037196578


The first one is about $600, then the next few quickly go down to about $200. I'm not sure I even believe most of them, might have been fake bids. Most of the rarest ones, including the princess Diana ones seem to go for about $50, though you seem to get a set of them for that much.


damn. people really are weird
 
2013-09-18 11:38:19 PM
Now, you can get the rare tie-dyed Beanie Baby packaged with both the Mark McGuire and Tiger Woods rookie cards!!1
 
2013-09-19 12:12:57 AM
I have a small box of these picked up at an auction 10 years or so ago.
Maybe I should post them up on ebay.
Thought they were totally worthless.
Would be happy with $10 each on average.
 
2013-09-19 12:23:27 AM
Well, now, TY, that is a fine offshore account you have there.
We of the Right Party would certainly appreciate a fine campaign contribution.
You know we are the party of protecting your interests and insuring no harm come to your fine account.
 
2013-09-19 12:42:05 AM

Omahawg: Lars The Canadian Viking: I looked on eBay to see how much these were actually going for, not the asking price. Here are the most expensive ones I could find:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/390620667376
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/111147611073
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/181201286896
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/151086969709
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/141037196578


The first one is about $600, then the next few quickly go down to about $200. I'm not sure I even believe most of them, might have been fake bids. Most of the rarest ones, including the princess Diana ones seem to go for about $50, though you seem to get a set of them for that much.

damn. people really are weird


Proof positive that the 90's never ended for some folks I guess.  I kinda wish I was one of them, other than smartphones the 21st century has pretty much sucked ass.
 
2013-09-19 01:23:46 AM
My mom bought me Beanie Babies, but only the bears. I thinknthe only one that might be worth anything is the Sammy Sosa Bear.
 
2013-09-19 02:25:00 AM

Lars The Canadian Viking: I looked on eBay to see how much these were actually going for, not the asking price. Here are the most expensive ones I could find:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/390620667376
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/111147611073
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/181201286896
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/151086969709
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/141037196578


The first one is about $600, then the next few quickly go down to about $200. I'm not sure I even believe most of them, might have been fake bids. Most of the rarest ones, including the princess Diana ones seem to go for about $50, though you seem to get a set of them for that much.


The last time we had a Beanie Baby thread, I looked up the Princess DIana one, and I saw a couple going for $9.95.
 
2013-09-19 03:29:50 AM
It appears that someone didn't allow his wealth to trickle down quite as much as President Reagan promised us it would.

Yet the GOPee-ers would have us believe it's the poor slobs gaming the Social Security disability system and the food stamp program who are going to bankrupt Amurrca.
 
2013-09-19 06:45:33 AM
Warner, who lives in suburban Chicago and is the sole owner of TY Inc., still faces the prospect of time behind bars. A conviction on a federal tax evasion charge carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

Just think that through. Putting people in jail for tax evasion.

Pretty much pant-on-head stupid.

It costs about 50-100K to put someone in fail for a year. Why not just take Mr rich guys money away from him. Since rich people love their money so much, that's a fitting punishment already. Reduce him to selling pencils on a street corner.
 
2013-09-19 07:56:15 AM

ReapTheChaos: WordyGrrl: ReapTheChaos: jtown: I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.

I was thinking the article might have made a typo on that, 53 million seems like a totally outrageous penalty for a mere 3.1 million in unreported income.

With a net worth of $2.6 billion, that fine's almost a drop in the bucket. He's still ridiculously rich as #209 of the 400 top wealthiest Americans.

I'm not one of those "lets stick it to the rich guy" types, I don't see his wealth as relevant. Imagine if you failed to report $3,000 in income and the IRS wanted $53,000 in penalties? A little harsh no?


If your hypothetical guy deliberately didn't tell his accountant about that three grand, and had a net worth of 2.6 million, my sympathy would also be limited...and $50k sounds like a dandy penalty.

Not sure about the jail time, but pay your farking taxes.

It's not like there aren't lots of LEGAL loopholes to use at that level.
 
2013-09-19 09:04:07 AM

PunGent: ReapTheChaos: WordyGrrl: ReapTheChaos: jtown: I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this but he owed tax on 3.1 million (not 3.1 million in taxes) and he has to shell out 53 million in penalties.  If I tried to charge that kind of penalty/fee/fine/interest on an unpaid bill, I'd be laughed out of court.  "Usurious terms", they'd say.  If I was  lucky, I'd just get the amount originally billed with no penalties or late fees. Maybe I'd get statutory interest.  If I was unlucky, the entire contract would be thrown out because of the usurious penalties I was trying to enforce.

I was thinking the article might have made a typo on that, 53 million seems like a totally outrageous penalty for a mere 3.1 million in unreported income.

With a net worth of $2.6 billion, that fine's almost a drop in the bucket. He's still ridiculously rich as #209 of the 400 top wealthiest Americans.

I'm not one of those "lets stick it to the rich guy" types, I don't see his wealth as relevant. Imagine if you failed to report $3,000 in income and the IRS wanted $53,000 in penalties? A little harsh no?

If your hypothetical guy deliberately didn't tell his accountant about that three grand, and had a net worth of 2.6 million, my sympathy would also be limited...and $50k sounds like a dandy penalty.

Not sure about the jail time, but pay your farking taxes.

It's not like there aren't lots of LEGAL loopholes to use at that level.


Those loopholes need to get closed up, and the penalties need to be financially harsh enough to be an effective deterrent. Sneaky people with this amount of wealth are willing to cheat the taxman because the fines are smaller than the gains they've made in many cases.
 
2013-09-19 10:07:13 AM

TV's Vinnie: Newsgroups:alt.tasteless,alt.shenanigans,alt.slack

Subject: MY HAPPY DAY AT MICKET D'S
From: furplay <furplay[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]aivon[* image 7x13]net>
Date: 1 Jun 1998 13:14:00 -0500

I was getting a bit hungry last week...


Hmm yeah, okay.  So what really happened is this basement dweller emerged from his hovel to get his regular 11:30am breakfast of a Super Size Big Mac combo, had to wait in a long line because of the Beanie Baby craze, didn't do jack shiat to anybody and silently fumed to himself, ordered, got his food, ate, left, imagined what he should have done on his shuffle back home, and wrote about it in a Usenet newsgroup.  Virtual high fives from all his virtual buddies.
 
2013-09-19 10:59:00 AM

valkore: TV's Vinnie: Newsgroups:alt.tasteless,alt.shenanigans,alt.slack

Subject: MY HAPPY DAY AT MICKET D'S
From: furplay <furplay[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]aivon[* image 7x13]net>
Date: 1 Jun 1998 13:14:00 -0500

I was getting a bit hungry last week...

Hmm yeah, okay.  So what really happened is this basement dweller emerged from his hovel to get his regular 11:30am breakfast of a Super Size Big Mac combo, had to wait in a long line because of the Beanie Baby craze, didn't do jack shiat to anybody and silently fumed to himself, ordered, got his food, ate, left, imagined what he should have done on his shuffle back home, and wrote about it in a Usenet newsgroup.  Virtual high fives from all his virtual buddies.


So it was YOU that didn't get their Beany Baby Pelicans that day!
 
2013-09-19 11:00:11 AM

valkore: TV's Vinnie: Newsgroups:alt.tasteless,alt.shenanigans,alt.slack

Subject: MY HAPPY DAY AT MICKET D'S
From: furplay <furplay[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]aivon[* image 7x13]net>
Date: 1 Jun 1998 13:14:00 -0500

I was getting a bit hungry last week...

Hmm yeah, okay.  So what really happened is this basement dweller emerged from his hovel to get his regular 11:30am breakfast of a Super Size Big Mac combo, had to wait in a long line because of the Beanie Baby craze, didn't do jack shiat to anybody and silently fumed to himself, ordered, got his food, ate, left, imagined what he should have done on his shuffle back home, and wrote about it in a Usenet newsgroup.  Virtual high fives from all his virtual buddies.


So it was YOU that didn't get their Beanie Baby Pelicans that day! I thought they would have found you dead in your trailer by now with your hand still in the jar of Mayo you were eating by the handful.
 
2013-09-19 12:14:05 PM

ReapTheChaos: FormlessOne: I knew a couple, years ago, who had taken to the Beanie Babies collection craze with a fervor usually reserved for hoarders. It was bizarre - they had invested tens of thousands of dollars not just in the stuffed trifles themselves, but also in ridiculous storage systems designed to preserve them. Every once in a while, I wonder what they're doing today...

They're sitting in a house full of beanie babies wondering why they didn't appreciate to be the million dollar investment they thought they would become.


I have a co-worker who can attest to this.  His wife went through the massive collecting phase.
 
2013-09-19 03:00:25 PM

FormlessOne: I knew a couple, years ago, who had taken to the Beanie Babies collection craze with a fervor usually reserved for hoarders. It was bizarre - they had invested tens of thousands of dollars not just in the stuffed trifles themselves, but also in ridiculous storage systems designed to preserve them. Every once in a while, I wonder what they're doing today...


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