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Wireless toy picks up trashy talk

August 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — A mother is seeking the recall of a popular walkie-talkie after her 3-year-old's toy apparently intercepted a profanity-laced conversation between truckers about drugs and strip clubs.

Deborah Pancaro, 34, said she contacted Fisher-Price after hearing an exchange in which a man said "10-4" and other things that led her to believe the device was relaying a CB radio conversation.

"They said, 'We should go smoke some weed' and were talking about being in a strip bar -- some really explicit things," Pancaro said Thursday.

The walkie-talkie, sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, lets children role-play animal rescues like the Diego character on the TV cartoon shows "Dora the Explorer" and "Go, Diego, Go!"

The walkie-talkie is supposed to have a range of about 20 feet.

However, Pancaro said she heard one of the voices say he was driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about 275 miles north of Huntington.

Fisher-Price apologized for Pancaro's "disappointing experience," spokeswoman Juliette Reashor said.

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