Some kind of relief

Tsunami_1This was absolutely inevitable: an email pitch we got over the weekend offering us the chance to buy our own “Tsunami Relief” bracelet in the style of the ubiquitous Lance Armstrong "Live Strong" bracelet. The sales pitch, from an online store called, says ecstatically, “We have added several New Wristbands, including the New Tsunami Relief Wristbands!”

What’s weird when you go to the site, though (which also includes camouflage-style rubber bracelets with the motto, “Support Our Troops”) is that at no point does it mention whether any of the $3.99 one would pay to buy such a bracelet would go to charity. If it does, it should be stated front and center, and if not, this is pretty disgusting.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor

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