Now that my 4-year-old's been exposed to more lead than a pencil factory, I would like to thank RC2 Corp. for the $2.49 check we received on Friday -- to cover the cost of sending back the tainted Thomas the Tank Engine toys we hustled out of the house faster than it took Karen Silkwood to shower. "We deeply appreciate your continued loyalty and the confidence you have placed in the Thomas wooden toys over the years," says the missive attached to the check. And, no, thank you.
The dough arrived a few weeks after RC2 sent a gratis, sorry-'bout-that Diesel train. But the company does promise to send replacement toys "in the next few weeks," along with "the free item we promised." At this point, I think he'd prefer a Han Solo action figure, to be honest. But not Dora and Diego. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.