World goes crazy for ‘ urine-free’ charity wetsuit in online auction for quake victims
A used wetsuit that sold on auction website eBay has raised more than $ 13,864 for victims of the Japanese earthquake after the comedy advert for the ‘ urine-free’ garment went ‘‘ viral’’ on the internet.
The seller, Daniel Morgan from Truro, Cornwall, was bombarded with offers from manufacturers to add thousands of pounds’ worth of items to the sale as the advert spread through social media networks Facebook and Twitter.
The advert captured attention because of the way it described the suit. Morgan even had to set up a website specifically to deal with the more than 2000 queries he had about the sale.
‘‘ I bought this wetsuit brand new last year and have worn it a fair bit. When I say ’ fair’ I reckon about 20 times, but then probably more like 30. A fair few times anyway,’’ he said.
‘‘ You’re probably thinking ’ people piss in wetsuits, I’m not sure about a second-hand wetsuit’, but believe it or not I have never urinated in this suit, seriously, these suits are too good to be doing such a vulgar act in. The wee just ends up staying in the suit and then when you’re sat ( sic) having a post-surf pint in the pub you smell awful and girls don’t like boys that smell of piss so you just sit there, alone all night, sobbing into your pint of Betty Stoggs like a lonely desperate piss-smelling man.’’
Days later, he posted a new message, saying: ‘‘ This listing for my urine-free wetsuit is getting a lot of unexpected attention which is nice but I’m feeling I should do something positive, so I’ve decided to give 90 per cent of the money it makes to the Red Cross to aid their efforts in Japan.’’