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Prank Dismays Britney Spears Fans

June 26, 2000

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) _ The disc jockey thought it was pretty funny, but Britney Spears’ fans weren’t laughing.

An announced appearance by the teen pop star prompted about 400 children and parents to line up outside WBHT-FM’s studio. Their hopes were shattered when a limousine pulled up and a tuxedo-clad man emerged carrying a Britney Spears doll in a box.

``See, I told you she was a real doll to work with,″ disc jockey Bill Fox told the crowd, according to parent Michelle Brady.

Tears streamed down little girls’ faces, parents cursed and debris flew through the air. Brady said her 5-year-old daughter was hit in the head with a bottle intended for Fox. She was not seriously hurt.

``My daughter’s heart was broken,″ Brady said.

Fox said listeners should have been able to ``read between the lines″ and figure out that this joke was no different than any other pranks the station has played.

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