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Important Info about Ball Pits

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 8:09 PM
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McDonald's, 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.

Repost this if you care about kids!! Please forward this to all loving mothers,
fathers and anyone who loves and cares for children!! What has this world
come to?? If a child is not safe in a child's play area then where??

AND FYI:

In Florida and other places on the East Coast a group of people are putting HIV/AIDS infected and filled needles underneath gas pump handles, so when someone reaches to pick it up and put gas in their car, they get stabbed with it. 16 people have been a victim of this crime so far and 10 tested HIV positive.
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maks119
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 8:11 PM
Thats an urban legend.
crawls81
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 8:12 PM
its not true   check out     www.snopes.com
gabesmomma05
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 9:03 PM
Wether you believe that is an urban legend or not, ball pits are discusting. I wasn't allowed to play with them as a child and I refuse to let my son even go in the play area. I bought him a ball pit for $20 off of Walmart.com  I also don't let my son play with the toys at the peditrician office, call me crazy but we sit very far away from anyone else. We caught stomach virus from a little boy who threw up in the waiting room. You can never be too safe, unless you enjoy being sick!
Lilypie Baby Ticker
AngelaDawn
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 10:53 PM
I remember something on the news one time about a child be bit by something in a ball pit and dying. But the thing about the hiv needled and gas pumps is a hoax.
PrincessAnn75
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 10:55 PM
I havent seen a ball pit in almost 10 yrs they don't have them where I live.
~ANN~

nemiller
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 10:57 PM
I reply to this post AT LEAST once a week.  Please, please, please, ladies... check your facts... you can look up these chain letters and forwards on www.snopes.com before you repost.  While, yes, those ball pits are disgusting and dangerous in their own right, this Archer lady thing is an urban legend.  Her kid didn't die of a heroin overdose.  The article that's cited doesn't exist.  I appreciate that you are all concerned about your children, but this gets people who are just reading this for the first time wound up about something that's false.

Twinkie76
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 11:03 PM

Quoting gabesmomma05:

Wether you believe that is an urban legend or not, ball pits are discusting. I wasn't allowed to play with them as a child and I refuse to let my son even go in the play area. I bought him a ball pit for $20 off of Walmart.com  I also don't let my son play with the toys at the peditrician office, call me crazy but we sit very far away from anyone else. We caught stomach virus from a little boy who threw up in the waiting room. You can never be too safe, unless you enjoy being sick!
Lilypie Baby Ticker
I am the same way! I don't want them to touch anything lol! Everytime they go there for their well checks they get sick, and that is the only time they are ever sick too. there are so many disgusting germs on those toys from sick kids all day long. I make sure if they do touch them to wash their hands asap.


Jasons_mommy922
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Quoting Twinkie76:


Quoting gabesmomma05:

Wether you believe that is an urban legend or not, ball pits are discusting. I wasn't allowed to play with them as a child and I refuse to let my son even go in the play area. I bought him a ball pit for $20 off of Walmart.com  I also don't let my son play with the toys at the peditrician office, call me crazy but we sit very far away from anyone else. We caught stomach virus from a little boy who threw up in the waiting room. You can never be too safe, unless you enjoy being sick!
Lilypie Baby Ticker
I am the same way! I don't want them to touch anything lol! Everytime they go there for their well checks they get sick, and that is the only time they are ever sick too. there are so many disgusting germs on those toys from sick kids all day long. I make sure if they do touch them to wash their hands asap.



Yes me too! I am also the same way! The only toys my son is allowed to play with is his toys that I bring with him. If they fall on the floor he doesnt get them back till after I washed them. In the 10 months that my little boy has been on this Earth he has only been sick 2 times. He is to little to play in those ball pits but I am thinking of buying him one from Wal-mart!
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