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#1    Rafterman

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:47 PM

So like most of you, I grew up accepting the story that poisoned or tainted Halloween candy was a fact of life.  Every year there would be stories on the news about it (parents, check that candy), police agencies and/or hospitals would offer free X-rays for your child's candy (how much did that cost?), and pretty much everyone knew somebody who knew somebody who knew a kid who died from eating a poisoned Baby Ruth.

The worst part of it is that it has completely reshaped the landscape of Trick-or-Treating.  Parents are terrified to let their little ghosts and goblins go from house to house in their own neighborhoods anymore.  It has been replaced with ToT'ing at the mall (lame) or idiotic things like Trunk-or-Treat (how ******* boring is that?).  And remember the nice little old lady who would work for hours to make homemade popcorn balls or candied apples and have the kids line up around the block for them?  Well, try that today and you'll probably have the cops knocking on your door.

So I did a little research on the subject and guess what I found - nothing much really.  According to Snopes, there have been ZERO documented cases of children dying or being injured from poisoned Halloween candy.  Although there have been cases of kids dying and it being blamed on the candy, follow up autopsies have all found other causes.  There was also a case where a FATHER (WTF?) poisoned his kid during Halloween to use the legend as cover - fortunately he was convicted and got a taste of his own poison a few years later.

Now to be fair, there have been a handful of minor injuries from razor blades, pins, and needles over the past decades, but most of these have been attributed to pranks played by other kids.  Certainly it doesn't rise to the level of hysteria that we all experience every year.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:27 PM

The only candy that was "suspect" in my kids bags were the ones I liked.
Maybe the hysteria was fed by older or clever siblings and greedy parents. lol

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:28 PM

I heard about a case MANY years ago where a pizza had a razor blade inside. Don't know if it was from the factory or, as you mention, prank from another kid. It's nice to know this is not as widespread as thought, though.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:34 PM

View PostGummug, on 04 November 2013 - 04:28 PM, said:

I heard about a case MANY years ago where a pizza had a razor blade inside. Don't know if it was from the factory or, as you mention, prank from another kid. It's nice to know this is not as widespread as thought, though.

There are certainly cases of tainted food and other products - the Tylenol scare being one of the worst.  And stuff is recalled all of the time due to things like equipment breakage putting metal, etc. into food.

But the idea that the cemetery is full of poisoned Trick-or-Treaters is simply a myth.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:37 PM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 04 November 2013 - 04:27 PM, said:

The only candy that was "suspect" in my kids bags were the ones I liked.
Maybe the hysteria was fed by older or clever siblings and greedy parents. lol

Yes, those Kit-Kats are extremely bad for children, even if they are not poisoned. Well, that's what I used to tell my daughter when she was little. :whistle:

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:35 PM

View PostRafterman, on 04 November 2013 - 04:34 PM, said:

There are certainly cases of tainted food and other products - the Tylenol scare being one of the worst.  And stuff is recalled all of the time due to things like equipment breakage putting metal, etc. into food.
I used to work in a food processing plant that made frozen pizzas.  The last device on the processing line was a metal detector that was there in case of something like machine parts getting in to food.  We also weren't allowed to use plastic pens that could get dropped into food and shredded and remain undetectable so they issued all workers metal pens.  

On a few occasions while I worked there the alarm sounded and a mangled squashed metal pen was found in a pizza crust.

You wonder what gets into food in food processing plants which are laxer about such things.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:43 PM

View PostJesseCuster, on 04 November 2013 - 05:35 PM, said:

I used to work in a food processing plant that made frozen pizzas.  The last device on the processing line was a metal detector that was there in case of something like machine parts getting in to food.  We also weren't allowed to use plastic pens that could get dropped into food and shredded and remain undetectable so they issued all workers metal pens.  

On a few occasions while I worked there the alarm sounded and a mangled squashed metal pen was found in a pizza crust.

You wonder what gets into food in food processing plants which are laxer about such things.

Hm I really like that idea. A metal detector at the end of the line...

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:45 PM

It's amazing that anyone can actually make new friends in the world today.

Between everyone thinking everyone else is either a pedophile, murderer, candy poisoner or other degenerate, people should just crawl under rocks and stay there.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:45 PM

I remember when I was a kid, it was the tainted apple in our area. Either with an object shoved into it or something in it to make kids sick. I always figured the kids made the story up or possibly provoking the story because they didn't want to get apples in their trick or treat bags. Wasn't till I was a bit older in a different location that it was poisoned candy.

Your ad hominem connotes your sciolism. Now that is some funny commentary.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:04 PM

I remember as a kid, going trick or treating and some jerk had me come over to where his buddies and him were drinking beer.  He had me close my eyes and then he dumped his ashtray in my bag.  Hell, I was only 5 years old or so, and this was back when parents just let the kids go.


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:13 PM

View PostPurplos, on 04 November 2013 - 05:45 PM, said:

It's amazing that anyone can actually make new friends in the world today.

Between everyone thinking everyone else is either a pedophile, murderer, candy poisoner or other degenerate, people should just crawl under rocks and stay there.
I agree.
But as your friend, please pass me all your sweets....just in case you understand?


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:27 PM

A few months ago I went to dinner with a friend and she found a piece of metal in her salad. The employees said it looked like it had come off of one of their wire shelves.

Maybe we need to bring metal detectors whenever we eat out!


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:12 AM

When we where kids the lore was a razor blade in an apple


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:27 PM

Growing up, I still knew kids who weren't allowed to go trick or treating for that reason. Well, some parents would still let their kids dress up and go with their friends, but then dump their child's candy once they got back. The parents would then take their kids to the store and let them pick out a few king sized candy bars.

My parents didn't really worry about poisoned treats, but didn't let me eat anything homemade (unless it was from someone we knew). Not that I received a lot of homemade treats on Halloween, anyway....





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