World goes crazy for ‘ urine-free’ char­ity wet­suit in on­line auc­tion for quake vic­tims

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

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.’’

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