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Backyard Pepsi Factory

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Got an email this morning with pictures alledging that there is at least one Backyard Pepsi Factory. Checked snopes.com and found out there's no record of this yet so I submitted a request toinvestigate it. My cause is simple: Is this true or an elaborate hoax? People need to know.


Implications:
1. Child labor issue.
2. Bad news for the Pepsi-Cola company.
3. It's a crime that will pose health hazzards.

Pictures were captioned as : Great boy picking the colors to prepare the PEPSI, Men at work washing the bottles, boys placing the bottles in the tray, Boy filling the PEPSI & checking for the air bubles, Boy filling the Gas in the bottles, Boy searching for the right caps, Great man at capping the bottle, and Quality checking and Success***







I checked the domain name splashed across the pictures using whois information.
If this is a marketing campaign for their website, I wonder what legal implications there are. This is what I found:

Domain Name: 3YOONMASR.NET is registered under the name Marcus Burmood using GO DADDY SOFTWARE, INC., as the registrar. Name and nameservers are active, but may not be available online due to bandwidth restrictions from it's hosting company, (or is it just parked at secureservet.net?)

Name's been 13-sep-2004 and current and paid for until 13-sep-2006. This Mr. Marcus Burmood lives in 2040 SE Debord Corvallis, OR 97333 United States, Phone 5417549030
. His email is hayhodown@nicemarmot.org, so I'm betting he's getting lots of email there already. If he's the one who exposed this, I bet he's getting famous by now and deserves a congratulatory note for the exposé. HOWEVER, if this is a hoax and was started merely as a marketing campaign that his company launched, somebody better email this guy and tell him something he won't forget.

I'll post back as soon as snopes replies.

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posted by Jdavies @ 3/24/2006,

9 Comments:

At 3/27/2006 01:41:00 AM, Anonymous Major Tom said...

This could be another blackeye for the Pepsi Company after the botched numbers game. This will involved issues on health hazards and sanitary standards. 

Posted by Major Tom

 
At 3/31/2006 12:23:00 PM, Anonymous ann said...

it's really good you're back. where is this, by the way?  

Posted by ann

 
At 4/01/2006 08:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiots pepsi, coke, et al are bottled in a factory. How could they bottle hundreds of thousand of bottles by hand?

What this is is someone went to a junk shop with a camera and thought it would be funny to create a hoax.

As for child labor, don't sue pepsi. Sue the Chinese junk shop owner subcontracted by Pepsi to collect bottles on Pepsi's behalf. 

Posted by Anonymous

 
At 4/02/2006 09:21:00 PM, Blogger Jdavies said...

Hey anonymous idiot you should start to learn how to read the whole article before commenting anything stupid =) everody knows bottled drinks are bottled in a factor but Aside from that do you know how to count? Is there anything in the picture that says by hundreds of thousands? What the article says is simple: somewhere along the distribution line could potentially be opportunists and entrupreneurs who;re trying to pass a fake for the original. Cola is not a difficult drink to manufacture but the taste is the hard part to copy. Unfortunately, some people dont care about taste thats why theres a market for other cola brands (including generic brands).

Was there an implication of suing pepsi? hell no. It's supposed to be a concern that needs checking. Hence the request for an investigation if its a hoax or not. For god sakes learn how to absorb content before opening our mouth and posting crap comment.

PS. I'm keeping your comment as a tribute to stupidity. Peace out! Pissed out. HMPH! 

Posted by jdavies

 
At 4/03/2006 01:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your the idiot to believe that a few "entrepreneurs" will go through the trouble of faking bottled pepsi.

The hardest thing to fake, which is not in the pics, is resealing the bottles with crowns. The profit, if there's any, is not worth the trouble of recapping the bottles with bent crowns, if that's even possible.

It's a hoax get over it! 

Posted by Anonymous

 
At 4/03/2006 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Jdavies said...

who says i believe it to be true? read the article again and see if theres any entry that claims the post to be a true account. It's merely conjecture that weird things and weird reasons can happen in this world for profit - if it's true.

Stupidity is like cancer. You don't know it until you get examined or it starts to hurt you when someone tells you that you have it. And in your case you have it. You won't admit it. So trust me, read again and you'll understand. Don't worry I'm a forgiving person. But if my views in this blog = which is 'mine' are attacked by someone posing as if he knows what im writing about we got a problem there.

I hate to repeat but hey, Read again. 

Posted by jdavies

 
At 4/10/2006 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive read about something like this years ago (im not sure but it might be in newsweek or times so its probably not a hoax). ive read that in some remote villages (in India or China, i forget) where the distribution of Pepsi or Coke is still inadequate, some enterprsising individuals do indeed do this kind of backyard bottling. I recall the article even mentioned they brew the stuff in bathtubs. Villagers would be familiar with the brand coke/pepsi thru TV and other media but not familiar with the taste.

This artcile im talking about is probably from the 80's , so its believable that there are some really remote rural villages where distribution hasnt penetrated yet (not cost effective, plant is too far, mostly inaccessible, etc) Nowadays im sure the infrastructure is a lot better for a more efficient delivery system but who knows? 

Posted by wondering

 
At 6/17/2008 09:47:00 AM, Blogger cynic said...

Hi J Davies,

DO you have any feedback from snopes? I can't seem to verify this over internet.

nic

 
At 6/28/2008 08:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether it's a hoax or not, this will surely hurt those Pepsi drinkers if i will show it to them, yuckk!!!! Kadiri...

 

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