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65 Responses to Kid $11K Richer After Selling Happy Meal Toys

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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm
    Link: Kid $11K Richer After Selling Happy Meal Toys - Smart kid. Makes you wish you saved all those crappy toys, doesn`t it.
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    I still have two Happy Meal Woody`s from Toy Story, one in original packaging, other in mint condition. I`ll sell them both for $40. Any takers?
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm
    That`s one savvy kid.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    It said "In fact, maybe he could give some advice to the pros on Wall Street."

    Yeah, because Wall Street people,, who have a University degree have no clue what they`re doing. Economy is a flawed system in itself, but whatever, it seems to make money appear out of nowhere, and when people want to know where the money is, it`s not there, anywhere, so there`s a crash, because there is no money... Somebody must have the money the companies say they have...who? Who cares, give them a bailout so they can say they have money again.

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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm
    This world would be better off without economy. It would be back to the simplified world of: Buy, put up for sale, sell, make money to buy more crap to sell to make more money. No need to have a bunch of people making millions selling shares without actually selling anything. 100% ownership of your business will keep you richer. And should there be a crash, just shut your business down saying "it wasn`t profitable anymore", and retire with your hard earned millions.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    If I ruled the world, everybody would be happy.
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    Winter_ICE_0 Male 13-17
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm
    And he`s Thin!
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    meghanvieth Female 13-17
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm
    @ the comment below mine...

    Um, look at his Dad...

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    fillemorte Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    It doesn`t seem like that much money.
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    PC-Player Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:45 pm
    Great business deal huh? Let`s look at the costs:
    1. A happy meal costs 1.99 pounds, so his parents had to pay 14000 pounds to buy the happy meals.
    2. The parents had to store the 7000 pieces in their home.
    Yeah, Wall Street sure needs a lesson from this kid: take the money from `parents` (read: government) and then pocket the profits.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    haha, he wants to use the money to buy something else and then sell it. The cute little business tycoon...
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    DHise Male 13-17
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    Smart kid.
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:54 pm
    That kid`s a loser. Never played with the toys...Ha!
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    Leopardson Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    PC-Player,
    Either we are both looking at something wrong, or this kid ate 583 happy meals/year. That`s one every day and two most days.`
    Spoiled-rotten waste of a few thousand dollars AFTER auction if you ask me.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    I don`t really consider entrepreneurs all that smart, just average combined with lucky.

    Hell I`ve got a good few $000 worth of Magic Cards I could sell. Doesn`t make me smart.

    (And PC-Player: Read the article, then offer your advice, the dad paid $350 for a large portion of that collection then made a profit on it.

    The happy meals also constitute taking care of a basic need, if he wasn`t eating happy meals, he`d be eating something else, and spending money with 0 returns. )

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm
    Again, Leopardson: $350 paid for a lot of that collection.
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    Zombiemike Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    Wow Baalthazag, what a killjoy.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm
    @Zombiemike

    Well, Baalthazaq is right. And that`s something I drating HATE saying about Baalthazaq.

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:34 pm
    "Either we are both looking at something wrong, or this kid ate 583 happy meals/year. That`s one every day and two most days."

    You are looking at something wrong. You didn`t read the article. His dad just bought a collection of the toys, not the actual happy meals.

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:34 pm
    "1. A happy meal costs 1.99 pounds, so his parents had to pay 14000 pounds to buy the happy meals."

    No they didn`t. Read the article. Parents just bought an existing collection of the toys.

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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm
    Lucky.
    I`m trying to get future money by buying a band t-shirt, saving it for about two years or so, and then selling it. Since the shirt will no longer be made then, I`m sure some fans would be willing to pay some for it... I hope.
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    PC-Player Male 18-29
    129 posts
    March 8, 2009 at 11:39 pm
    Good point, Baalthazaq, it is unclear from the article how many toys came from the Happy Meals the parents bought. But, assuming that the kid continued the collection and amassed a complete set from 1999-2008, then the parents would have had to pay a lot of money for the happy meals...

    Thank you for ensuring accuracy in the comments, though! An in the same spirit:
    YOU ARE WRONG: the article never said or implied that "the dad paid $350 for a large portion of that collection then made a profit on it." Read the title, silly.

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    March 8, 2009 at 11:46 pm
    "the article never said or implied that "the dad paid $350 for a large portion of that collection then made a profit on it." "

    You mean except the part where it says, and I quote:

    "Luke did not eat those meals himself. At the age of seven, he convinced his father to purchase another Happy Meals collection (dating from 1990 to 1999) for about $350."

    Seems like that is EXACTLY what the article says.

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    PC-Player Male 18-29
    129 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 12:04 am
    Who made the profit off the $350? The dad or the kid? Baalthazaq`s sentence implies that the father made the profit. The article`s title implies that the kid did. Your quoted text doesn`t mention who made the profit.
    Nice try, though.
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    trp712 Male 18-29
    2240 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 12:13 am
    You`re looking at the next Bill Gates right there.......
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    Filipino916 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 12:44 am
    I hope that kid calls Warren Buffet so that he can teach him and his father where to invest that $11k so that it will grow.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2009 at 1:25 am
    Well that`ll go halfway to paying the medical bills from eating McRonalds...
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    Astrid87 Female 18-29
    248 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 1:30 am
    he`s 11! Half of those toys were before he was born! I remember having the batman bike stuff and some dalmations about 13 years ago lol
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 1:36 am
    but the kid had 7000 items, he earned just over £8000 pounds, which means that he got just over £1 for all of them, which is pretty rubbish really. Thats like selling 7000 bottles of coke for £1 each and being astounded at making £7000. OK i understand that its a lot of money for a kid, but it means that their not exactly worth that much as individual items. Just if you collect a tonne of them.....
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    bankvole Male 30-39
    959 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 1:38 am
    Lets say he first went to McDonald`s when he was four. He`d have been collecting them for about seven years. Thats 1000 toys a year. Or every meal he`s had in that time.

    I call shenanigans on this one.

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    beternal Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 1:42 am
    lol, i`m in Notts... wonder where he is?! - Notts can be quite nasty so he`s blatantly gonna get mugged now all the older kids know he`s rich! :-D
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    JoeYC Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 2:57 am
    To the people who didnt actually read this though, he didnt buy any happy meals, he bought the collection some years ago for £250 ($350) in bulk, and then sold them in 100 lots seperatly.
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    habbazoot
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    March 9, 2009 at 3:47 am
    i have a bin of mcdonalds and burger king toys in my basement. not really sure why, my family doesnt eat fast food.

    but now i can be rich!

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    Spearman113 Male 18-29
    209 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 5:08 am
    bankvole, it said he didn`t get them from happy meals. He bought them from the company itself.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 5:23 am
    wow, i really figured he`d be a McTub, guess he didnt buy all those with happy meals tho...thus he cheated.
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    philippic Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 5:56 am
    i have a load of untouched cereal toys in my cupboard..
    only a couple hundred tho..
    might try n get a bit of dosh for them.
    50 quid will do.
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    Grizzzzzzzzz Male 18-29
    489 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 6:07 am
    10,000 happy meals needed...

    thats a cost of £10,000+

    he got £8,130 back..


    Only £1,870 richer then, IF each happy meal cost £1.

    Considering the amount of damage he did to his body/teeth by the poor diet choice....amount of negative man points for eating happy meals at his age...

    etc...

    it`s still fairly impressive

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    spp Female 18-29
    299 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 6:23 am
    Grizzzzzzzzz if you actually read the article it says he brought a collection from someone else 4 years ago. Considering a lot of those toys were before his time, clearly he didn`t eat all the meals himself if in fact each toy came from a meal at all. Many a time people just ask for the toy without the meal.
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    GummyWurmz Female 13-17
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    March 9, 2009 at 6:38 am
    In england you have to pay £1 for the toy seperate now. And they`re not very good. Most people leave them behind which is stupid concidering thats what most of the happy meal is. Everybody knows you get starving after 10 mins of eating one.
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    airsofter1 Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 8:10 am
    he didnt make any money.
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    awesomo Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2009 at 9:20 am
    over 7,000 toys....unless those happy meals cost $1 each, he lost quite a bit, granted he got the happy meal too, but he didn`t make that much in my mind.
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    Boredx12 Female 13-17
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    March 9, 2009 at 9:41 am
    The sweatshop workers who produce millions of those things a year would not have seen 1% of that in their lives.
    That makes me kind of sad.
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    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
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    March 9, 2009 at 10:25 am
    I kept most if not all the toys from when I was a kid. I got them all... even the old Super Mario Brothers Happy Meal toys.
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    feiku Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 11:03 am
    I love how no one read the article.
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    White_Wolfos Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 11:41 am
    I remember hearing somewhere or from someone that once new toys come in, McDonalds will give the old in-store displays away for free to the employees or whoever wants them.
    Dunno if that`s true, but it would explain why the kid/original collector had the full displays. :/
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2009 at 11:58 am
    "I love how no one read the article."

    What article?

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    luckyse7en Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    Sht... I need to go gather my happy meal toys O_o
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    undeadonion Female 18-29
    213 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm
    I still have all of mine! My dad was friends with a McDonald`s manager and she used to give me free toys all the time! I`ve got all of the food transformers, the tiny toon cars, captain planet cars, and stuff like that. I have some of the 101 dalmations, but not all of them. I played with them, though.

    But yeah, anyone willing to pay 11K for happy meal toys is out of their drating mind

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    NYAAN Female 13-17
    316 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    that kid is going to do way better when he grows up than i ever will...
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    quiknas Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    i still have the mario toys from way back.. but the little goomba never lands his backflip anymore
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    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
    495 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    When I was a kid we used to go to boot sales (apparantly a fun family activity), and Id always buy happy meal etc toys; sold them a while later and made a really nice profit. Nearly 11k less than that boy though!!!
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    kingdomCome Male 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    I was thinkin "he`s surprisingly slim considering he`s got all those McD`s toys"
    Then I saw the photo with (who I presume is) his dad in it......that explains that then
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    Fritolicious Male 18-29
    199 posts
    March 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    Im going to sell mine... except they`re in a landfill somewhere around here
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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    March 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    Who where the creepy wierdos who bought them?
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm
    How did he get all those boxes and stuff? I`m assuming they knew someone who worked there. I`m regretting all the random crap I`ve ever thrown away. Also, I was wondering how the kid could be so skinny eating that much McDonalds, but I guess the dad its most of it.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    Right, ok. I did actually read the article but apparently not thoroughly enough. Well I was more interested in seeing what the collection looked like :D
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    chaitanya Male 40-49
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    March 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    i thought they would be rare or something. but he ate at mcdonalds seven thousand dratting times! think of the fries, he probably ate an acre of potatoes.
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    BlueJack Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    true it worked out by the time he was 11 but who listens to a 7 year old and buys $350 worth of happy meal toys? and what kid doesn`t play with the toys? i`m 21 and i at least unwrap the stupid things. weird kid...
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    DVLDRVR666 Male 13-17
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    March 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm
    I`m surprised he`s that skinny
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    USFEmoGirl Female 18-29
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    March 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm
    Smart kid. Very smart kid.
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    Marcko98 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2009 at 10:45 am
    "i thought they would be rare or something. but he ate at mcdonalds seven thousand dratting times! think of the fries, he probably ate an acre of potatoes."

    Thats not alot for someone like him. People unkowingly eat MickyDz way more than 20 times a month you can average that up to 7000 or more in around 4-6 years. When you think about it 7000 trips in that year span isn`t that much compared to most people who constantly go to mcdonalds.

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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
    4683 posts
    March 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm
    HOLY POO THAT`S ONLY A MILE FROM MY OLD HOUSE!

    If I`m right anyway, it could be another branch. I used to live in Nottingham. Still live in the surrounding area :D

    Lucky kid though, especially because it`s so close to home :)

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    Glowy Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    How do you not know if you ate somewhere?
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    icyfrresh Female 18-29
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    March 21, 2009 at 12:10 am
    Well damn. Smart kid.
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    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    woah

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