Thursday, February 03, 2005

Do They Have the Governor Dean Version?

We find this to be a scream:

SHELBURNE, Vermont (AP) - A straightjacketed "Crazy for You" teddy bear has drawn rebukes from Vermont's governor, mental health advocates and human rights groups _ but it's a hit among shoppers.

The $70 bear, which is accompanied by commitment papers, is selling well despite complaints that it insults and stigmatizes those with mental illness.

Vermont Teddy Bear Co. President Elisabeth Robert says the bear is meant as a funny Valentine's Day greeting and has been popular among customers.

"We made a very difficult decision not to withdraw it from the market," she said. "I listened to customers, from a lot of feedback from our employees. These people are Vermonters who really don't like to be told what to do."


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