Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thousands duped in Japan's Great Poodle Scam of 2007

From the "you can't make this stuff up" department comes a scam perpetrated on some very gullible city folk in Japan:

A group of tricksters in Hokkaido imported a flock of sheep from Australia and England and passed them off as poodles. That's right—as poodles. In fact, thousands of them were sold, having been touted as the latest trendy pet.

The scam began to unravel when actress Maiko Kawakami complained on TV that her new "poodle" wouldn't bark or eat dog food. So far, there has been no word on whether any of the Hokkaido hucksters were caught.

As for the sheep at the center of this unique bit of entrepreneurialism, many of them have reportedly been donated to zoos and farms.

But I just can't help wondering: How many buyers still haven't figured it out? And how many of them did but decided to keep their sheep anyway?

Ironically, these were probably the least annoying poodles in the history of dogdom.

—Mellow Monk

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