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    ball pits..read this folks

    McDonalds, Chuck E Cheese, Discovery Zone... All places with
    ball pits in the children's play area. One of my sons lost his watch,
    and was very upset. We dug and dug in those balls, trying to find his
    watch.
    Instead, we found vomit, food, feces, and other stuff I do not want to discuss.

    I went to the manager and raised hell. Come to find out, the ball pit is only cleaned out once a month. I have doubts that it is even done that often.. My kids will never play in another ball pit.

    Some of you might not be parents, but you may have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or friends with children.

    This will pertain to you too. As I read the following, my heart sank. I urge each and every one of you to pass this on to as many people as you can. I cannot stress how important this is!

    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 back 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 buttock.

    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 head. 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 a heroine overdose. 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.

    (You can find the article on Kevin Archer in the October 10,1999 issue of
    the Midland Chronicle.)

    Don't think it's just McDonald's either. A little boy had been playing
    in a ball pit @ a Burger King & started complaining of his legs hurting.

    He later died too. He was found to have snake bites all over
    his legs & buttocks. When they cleaned the ball pit they found that
    there was a copperhead's nest in the ball pit. He had suffered numerous bites from a very poisonous snake.

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    Snopes says False. (good deal, no dead kid)
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/archer.asp

    I wouldn't be surprised if they are full of all sorts of trash though.

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    There was a child who suffocated in one.

    Most of them are changed to open play areas around here.
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    True or not, those ball pits are probably disgusting.
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    Well, it's already been said. But I'm gonna say it again


    Shenanigans on that!!!

    I didn't/don't buy any of it.
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    I don't care if it is true of false I have and never would allow my child to play in them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlaw View Post
    I don't care if it is true of false I have and never would allow my child to play in them.
    ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEB View Post
    Snopes says False...
    Man...when I started reading that, I seriously said to myself "well, I guess the next post is going to be BEB saying if it were true or false, according to Snopes." Well played, sir. You are as reliable as Cal Ripken Jr.
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    High praise indeed! Thank you

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    screw it ill still go in the ball pit!

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    Cheech's mouth is known as "the ball pit."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginian View Post
    Cheech's mouth is known as "the ball pit."
    hahahaha. That's what someone told me about Cheech

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    hahahaha. That's what someone told me about Cheech
    That was me sweetheart.

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    so cheech lets you put your balls in his mouth babe...that's a little disturbing?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    so cheech lets you put your balls in his mouth babe...that's a little disturbing?????
    Actually, no. He can only fit one in at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    Actually, no. He can only fit one in at a time.
    but baby......you told me how big his mouth was you need to figure out your story and stick to it. It's not fair to mislead everyone on LEF

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    but baby......you told me how big his mouth was you need to figure out your story and stick to it. It's not fair to mislead everyone on LEF

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    Some people will believe anything they read on the internets.

    I don't know about other places, but one of my jobs in high school was at the local "Billy Bob's Pizza Circus" (the local equivlent to a Chuck E Cheese). I remember one of us having to clean out the ball pit on a regular basis- usually after some toddler peed or puked in it. It was such a painstaking ordeal, whenever it happened all us employees would look around at each other like one of us was about to be selected for execution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrae View Post
    so cheech lets you put your balls in his mouth babe...that's a little disturbing?????
    I dont know what hes talking about either... I think you may want to look things over before marriage...

    You dont want to end up on Maury saying I didnt know my husband was gay and wears my clothing!

 

 
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