Did you hear about the talking Elmo gone bad? I read it in yesterday’s St. Pete Times. Apparently there’s a variety of Elmo known as the “Elmo Knows My Name” doll. You can program in your child’s name, his friends’ names, and some of his favorite foods.
Melissa Bowman, who lives in Florida with her son James, gave her son the doll for Christmas. Elmo did fine until it was time to change the batteries. After that, Elmo began to say, “Kill James!”
Eeek . Melissa wasn’t aware of it until she heard her son saying, “Kill me!”
I’ve seen quite a few movies with dolls gone bad–and even Seinfeld’s Kramer was afraid of ventriloquist’s dummies. I think I’d probably flip if I heard my child’s doll saying such a thing.
James’ mother contacted Mattel, who agreed to replace Elmo or refund her money. No one is sure how the little boy’s Elmo became corrupted, but Melissa Bowman says she’s locking it in the closet at night.