Its not every day a young boy dies at a hot dog eating contest. Especially a 13 year-old middle school student at a supervised Boys and Girls Club charity event. Although the choking death appears to be an accident, the Police are investigating.
Call me a conspiracy theorist – but a few things in this story don’t add up. First, is that the food these 12 young contest participants were eating makes no sense. Apparently this wasn’t a contest to see how many hot dogs the kids could eat. Rather, it was contest was a “game” to see who could finish a cooked hot dog and bun covered with whipped cream. What the HELL? Not Fear Factor, but not Great Eats either [Hats off to our EPIE winner!].
Additionally, and weirder, the contest itself was part of a charity event to raise money for the Haiti quake disaster. That’s weird isn’t it? An eating contest as a part of an event to raise money for poor people to get. . .food. Lastly, the prize for the kids upon finishing the whip-cream-dog. . .is described as some “candy.” As in – you kids finish your whip-cream-dog and we will give you some candy.
That is just creepy. Although,I suppose back in the halcyon days of middle school I might have had a go.
The only good news is that the event reported raising $150 for Haitian Relief. Come to think of it. . .that buys a lot of hot dogs.