Stupid Email Hall of Fame

crash_teas23We all get them: stupid email forwards. Misguided (or just plain idiotic) friends, relatives and coworkers forward us stuff that promises to be “hilarious” or “amazing,” when it’s actually so damn stupid, you want to reach through the computer and strangle them for sending it to you. These emails belong in the Stupid Email Hall of Fame. This week, we have a special holiday installment. This one’s not so much stupid as misleading. It’s a list of stores that are going out of business/closing locations due to hard economic times. The email warns that if you buy gift cards for these stores, they’ll be worthless:

If you have gift certificates to any of these stores you better use them before it’s too late. The following stores will be going out of business and closing down between October 2008 and January 2009.

  • Circuit City
  • Ann Taylor closing 117 stores
  • Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherine’s to close 150 store nationwide
  • Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January
  • Cache will close all stores
  • Talbots closing down all stores
  • J. Jill closing all stores
  • GAP closing 85 stores
  • Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January
  • Wickes Furniture closing down
  • Levitz closing down remaining stores
  • Bombay closing remaining stores
  • Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January
  • Whitehall closing all stores
  • Piercing Pagoda closing all stores
  • Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January
  • Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in New Brunswick, NJ
  • Macys to close 9 stores after January
  • Linens and Things closing all stores
  • Movie Galley Closing all stores
  • Pacific Sunware closing stores
  • Pep Boys Closing 33 stores
  • Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores
  • JC Penney closing a number of stores after January
  • Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores
  • Wilson Leather closing down all stores
  • Sharper Image closing down all stores
  • K B Toys closing 356 stores
  • Loews to close down some stores
  • Dillard’s to close some stores

This one has been refuted a number of times by Snopes and many newspapers and television news stations. Basically, it’s part fact, part fiction and entirely misleading. Some of these stores (Wickes Furniture, Levitz, Whitehall and Bombay) are actually going out of business. Many (Home Depot, Macy’s, Pacific Sunwear, Pep Boys, JC Penny’s and Sprint) are not. Certainly exercise caution this shopping season when buying gift cards, but take stuff like this with a grain of salt. Rarely does strong, factual news come in the form of an email forward.

Have you received something like this? Or does this email pale in comparison to some of the stupid crap you’ve received? If so, forward those dumb emails to We’ll mock and debunk (if necessary) these stupid emails every Wednesday.


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