Chris Chase

Charity phone number on Ochocinco's cereal box goes to sex line

Chris Chase
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A phone number printed on Chad Ochocinco's(notes) cereal box goes to a phone sex line instead of a children's charity, a family in Cincinnati discovered earlier this week.

Tara Sand called the number printed on the box of Ochocinco's to learn more about the charity Feed The Children. But when she and her 9-year-old daughter dialed 1-800-HELP-FTC on their speakerphone, they heard a sultry voice trying to lure them into a sex chat for $2.99 a minute. (I called it earlier, of course. It's pretty raunchy.)

The number for the charity is actually 1-888-HELP-FTC.

Ochocinco told a local news station that the mix-up was clearly a mistake and that he's confident the manufacturer will correct the problem.

"You do have to admit it is kind of funny," Sand told ABC 9 in Cincinnati. "When we dialed it for the second time, I sat there and thought 'are you kidding me?' Nobody has found this yet?"

She also told the news station that she hopes her discovery doesn't give the Bengals or Chad a bad name. "He's obviously trying to do something great by doing this [for charity]," she said.

What kind of response is that from the mother? Why is she so reasoned and rational about an honest mistake? Where's the overreaction, the threat of lawsuit and the "won't somebody please think of the children?" sentiment?

Kroger grocery stores in Cincinnati announced Thursday that they're pulling all boxes of Ochocinco's from their shelves.

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