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A man who sells pet food in England that attracted national attention in Britain with his claims he was making gallows for Libya has been exposed as a fraud.

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060601-014529-6266r

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Did anyone else expect some sort of link with the pet food?

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or at least some gallows humor

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Did you have to hang that joke on there?
It just left me swinging.

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No noose is good news!

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To be serious for a moment this turn of events really surprises me, mainly because the story was in several papers. (All tied in to a European law which will make it illegal to sell equipment used in torture or execution) I must admit it was one of those stories which got me swearing at the newspaper, mostly because the guy seemed A) Completely clueless as to the political situation in certain African Countries B) Completely clueless as to the crime situation in several African countries C) Claimed to be speaking for all UK citizens. (He certainly never asked me, and from my experience I very much doubt that even a majority in the UK support capital punishment)

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quote:
Originally posted by Felessan:
No noose is good news!

That's Knot necessary

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quote:
Originally posted by James G.:
To be serious for a moment this turn of events really surprises me, mainly because the story was in several papers.

Yes, here's an example - a fairly in-depth piece in the Guardian:

The Suffolk farmer who sells gallows to Africa from his barn

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A noose hangs from a gallows outside the modern buildings at Eldon farm, near Mildenhall. A set of solid oak stocks stands nearby. A family man and former safety inspector who has worked on Suffolk farms all his life, Mr Lucas began building gallows when asked by a foreign businessman.

He works alone, taking a week to construct a traditional gallows. Mr Lucas will not reveal how many he has supplied, but he says he only sold them to "law-abiding citizens" in foreign countries - reported to include Zimbabwe - for some years. A traditional platform gallows he is currently making alongside the garden benches in his warehouse retails for £12,000.

So he's "making" at least one more, according to this. It also said that he offered "undercover reporters" "a mobile unit of five or six gallows constructed from an articulated lorry trailer", although I would imagine that "undercover reporters" wouldn't have many qualms about asking if he could make one and then claiming that he'd "offered" if he said yes.

To be fair, most of that article is devoted to the guy spouting off about his opinions on capital punishment. It was a full page with a large picture of him, so he's certainly done well in making a platform for himself, if nothing else. Still slightly dodgy reporting though - they can't have made much effort to verify his claims... even though some of them are obviously a bit suspect in retrospect...

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Wow. You sure can get a lot of money selling gallows to other countries. Where do I sign up? Would it be a sin if I did this?

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