We love football player/reality star/social media whore Chad Ochocinco (nee Johnson), even if he plays for he Bengals. In fact, we’d buy his Ochocinco’s cereal if it were available here in NYC. Alas, it’s not… And now it’s being taken off shelves at grocery stores in Ohio because a phone number intended to push people to a kids charity actually belongs to a phone sex line.
According to Cincinnati.com:
The number on the boxes, 1-800-HELP-FTC, connects callers to a seductive-sounding woman’s voice and music. She teases in shocking detail and then asks for a debit or credit card number: “You must be 18 or older to get into this party, baby!”
A portion of proceeds from the official, limited edition cereal of the Bengals wide receiver goes to Feed The Children organization. According to their website, the correct number is 1-888-HELP-FTC.
Feed The Children has accepted responsibility for the typo, claiming they didn’t even know about the existence of the 1800 number.
Let’s hear from the outspoken wide receiver himself:
I’ve been part of the organization and been doing things to help bring awareness to the causes. Having the cereal was another way… Anyone I’ve affected I really do apologize. Some people got a laugh out of it, others are upset.
It’s a little bit of a negative but it sheds a positive light on what I’m doing. They have to get the right number 1-888-Help FTC. Not 800. If you dial 800 you’re on your own.
Chad Ochocinco cereal box connects with sex line [Cincinnati.com]