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|Ball Pit in Resturants Dangerous for Children??!!|
|04/27/01 at 02:54:46|
>Be very careful when taking your kids, grandkids, nieces,nephews, etc.to
>McDonald's Ball Pit play area. Ask the manager when was the last time they
>cleaned the play area out. Please read this even if you don't have children
>and forward it to everybody you can! This is so sad and so terrible!
>Hi. My name is Lauren Archer, my son Kevin and I lived in Midland,TN.
>On October 2nd, 1999 I took my only son to McDonald's for his 3rd birthday.
>After he finished lunch, I allowed him to play in the ball pit. When he
>started whining later on, I asked him what was wrong, he pointed to the
>of his pull-up and simply said "Mommy, it hurts."
>I couldn't find anything wrong with him at that time. I bathed him when we
>got home, and it was at that point when I found a welt on his left
>Upon investigating, it seemed as if there was something like a splinter
>under the welt. I made an appointment to see the doctor the next day, but
>soon he started vomiting and shaking, then his eyes rolled back into his
>From there, we went to the emergency room. He died later that night. It
>turned out that the welt on his buttock was the tip of a hypodermic needle
>that had broken off inside. The autopsy revealed that Kevin had died from
>The next week, the police removed the balls from the ball pit. There was
>rotten food, several hypodermic needles: some full, some used; knives,
>half-eaten candy, diapers, feces, and the stench of urine.
>If a child is not safe in a child's play area then where?
>You can find the article on Kevin Archer in the October 10,1999 issue of
>Please forward this to all loving mothers, fathers and anyone who loves and
>cares for children!
>Don't think it's just McDonald's either or that this is something that just
>started. When my oldest son who is now 9 was small the area Burger King
>closed their play area for awhile for "remodeling" because in another
>town there had been an incident similar to the one described above that
>happen @ a Burger King. A little boy had been playing in a ball pit &
>started complaining of his legs hurting. He later died too. He was found
>have snake bites all over his legs & buttocks. When they cleaned the ball
>they found that there was a copperhead nest in the ball pit. He had
>numerous bites from a very poisonous snake. I wouldn't let my son play in
>the ball pit after that. I was lucky even though that wasn't at our Burger
>King or McDonald's it could have been. I still have my son.
>Please send this on so that it doesn't happen to someone you know.
|Re: Ball Pit in Resturants Dangerous for Children??|
|04/27/01 at 15:56:21|
|As salmau alaikum |
Yes I learned that this was an urban legend. But Subhan'Allah we should still be careful about where our kids play..
|Re: Ball Pit in Resturants Dangerous for Children??!!|
|04/27/01 at 22:04:46|
i was never too partial to ball pools anyway.. there was just no thrill in them for me :(
|Urban legend: MacDonald's ball pit|
|04/28/01 at 00:36:54|
|Synopsis A small child (Kevin Archer) is accidentally injected with a |
lethal dose of heroin while playing in a MacDonald's ball pit.
See the hoax here.
Is it true? No. It is a hoax based on an old urban legend.
Why? There are two versions of the Kevin Archer mail circulating. Both are
almost identical but are set in different places.
The original version supposedly happened in Houston, Texas. A later version
sets the story in 'Midrand,' no state or country specified. As the two versions
are identical, the later Midrand version is clearly a hoax, the work of some
uninventive dweeb. The latest version places the events in 'Midland,' again no
state or country specified.
As for the original Houston version, it's an invention from start to finish,
though one that incorporates established urban legends. Hidden dangers lurking in
fast-food restaurant ball pits have been featured in urban legends before, most
recently in a legend that poisonous snakes inhabit the ball pits of fast food
restaurants. Both MacDonald's and Burger King were targets of the rumors in
Why is this a hoax and not a rumor? Unlike most rumors and urban legends which
lack verifiable details, this story is packed with verifiable information:
names, dates and places. These facts can't be the result of half-remembered
incidents and confused recollections that are the hallmarks of urban legends, the
author claims to be Lauren Archer, Kevin's mother. The spurious detail lends an air
of false authority to the story.
No one named Kevin Archer died in October 1994 in Texas.
The Houston Chronicle has not published a story on Kevin Archer.
When? November 1999
Comments There are strong similarities in language between the 'snakes in ball
pits' stories and the 'Kevin Archer' emails.
See also Hoax writers' technique from the Houston Chronicle
Needle in the Ball Pit from About.com
Needlepointless Tragedy from the Urban Legends Reference Pages
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