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Birthday Card Spoofs Enron Woes

August 26, 2002

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HOUSTON (AP) _ A company has created a birthday card inspired by Enron Corp. and its accounting scandals.

The card by Tomato Cards, a line put out by Chicago-based Recycled Paper Greetings, features a smirking accountant sitting over an adding machine.

``For your birthday, we hired Enron’s accountants to figure out just how old you are,″ the card reads.

``It’s very unusual to find a business being made fun of on a card,″ said Marianne McDermott, executive vice president of the Greeting Card Association, a Washington, D.C.-based organization representing greeting card manufacturers.

``One thing definitely true is that greeting cards, more than any other consumer product, have to react almost immediately to anything going on affecting people, and their feelings about each other. People love to see this because it’s news,″ she said.

Jamey Buck, general manager of a Houston car wash, is debating whether to pull the cards from his business.

``It’s not very tasteful,″ Buck said, noting that people lost their jobs and life savings in the scandal. ``The cards are pretty funny, but it’s not good timing right now.″

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