The missive dubbed the “Halloween obese letter” in internet parlance — concerning an alleged resident of the near-Fargo area named “Cheryl” and her sneering distaste of kids she claimed are too fat too trick or treat — became a viral sensation yesterday across the web.
The Inquisitr covered the “Halloween obese letter” tale both here and here, noting that the letter was especially cruel and harmful — but strangely few people, including us, considered that the cruel note was a hoax or trick given its outright meanness.
What many didn’t known given the regionality of the story was that those closer to North Dakota were suspicious… because the station associated with the story are also linked to spreading hoaxes of this sort, and did in the past with Donna The Deer Lady (a prior web stunt.)
According to one party previously linked with Y-94, the station to which “Cheryl” released the Halloween obese letter, there is little doubt the tricksters there are pulling America’s leg again with the Halloween obese letter claim.
Former employee John Austin said:
“It’s their shtick, that’s their thing, it’s what they are kinda famous for… Kudos to those guys for pulling it off, but the problem becomes you have to be careful how many times you go to that well.”
Originally, the letter was claimed to have been intended for only specific obese or apparently obese children, and the alleged note began:
“Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor!… You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child?’ I am disappointed in ‘the village’ of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.”
“[Your] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season… My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.”
In the massive outcry after the letter made its way across social media, attempts were made to contact the Cheryl the station claimed planned to distribute the cruel missive.
However, multiple attempts to locate the woman by separate media outlets proved fruitless, and Cheryl has not materialized to claim credit for the note — unusual given the scope of the story, as a majority of people moved enough to pull such a stunt are more than eager to get their mugs on your TV screen.
A local woman accused of penning the Halloween obese letter, Cheryl Wald, cops to being a fitness buff, but says negative feedback shouldn’t be aimed at her because she doesn’t “think kids should get a letter like that.”