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Toy In Candy Bag Appears To Depict 9/11 Attack. (Thanks to all who emailed about this.)

ORLANDO, Fla. — A bag of candy shocked a local grandmother and will most likely shock you. The toy inside looks like a plane flying right into the Twin Towers. Now, that toy is off some local store shelves because of our story.

It doesn’t stop there, though. That grandmother was surprised, again, when she read the numbers imprinted on the toy.

Until Thursday afternoon, the little toys were on sale to kids around Central Florida — two towers with a jetliner in between that appears to be crashing into one of the buildings. They come in packages along with candy.

We talked to a grandmother who couldn’t believe what she’d inadvertently bought for her grandson.

“It makes me angry,” Anna Rodriguez says. “I was offended because I couldn’t believe that someone would give something like that to a kid.”

When Rodriguez let her grandson pick out a bag of toys and candy, she never realized what was inside until her own son noticed the disturbing toy.

“[He said] look at the toy. I said, ‘Let me see it,’ and when I looked at it I was outraged. I was like, what? No way,” Rodriguez says. …

A company called Lisy Corporation distributes the candy bags. They said they are also offended by the toy and have pulled 17,000 of the toys.

Lisy says they bought the toys, sight unseen, from L and M Import/Export of Miami. We talked to L and M and they say they have no problem at all with the toy and don’t consider it offensive at all.

We even pointed out to the import company that every single toy has a stock number on the front that reads “9011.” L and M Imports didn’t find it all coincidental and said it’s just a toy. Asked if they’d talk on camera, they said there is nothing to talk about.

Toys like this are quite common in the Middle East; we’ve had stories about several of them here at LGF. But this is the first one I’ve seen for sale in the US.

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 Frank says:

Reporter:
This is a personal thing, I think that if you wanted to make top ten hits and sell millions of records, you could.

Frank Zappa:
Yeah, but who wants to go through life with a tiny nose and one glove on?