Posted on Thu, Feb. 17, 2005 Wrong Chemical Makes Shoes 'Flatulent' Associated Press SANFORD, Fla. - There's no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear. Customers complained that with every step, their shoes made the sound of someone passing gas. "They were whoopie cushions for the feet," said Bryan Thomas, an officer with shoe maker Goosebumps Products Inc. The Orlando-area company on Wednesday sued a supplier, accusing it of delivering the wrong chemical for an insole gel, giving the shoes an unwanted sound effect. "It very nearly put us out of business," Thomas said. Goosebumps' largest distributor complained as well, and the company tossed at least 35,000 pairs at a cost of $200,000 to $250,000, said attorneys Robert W. Anthony and William H. Beaver II. The suit claims Bell Chem Corp. of Longwood delivered a low-grade glycerin that was watered down in late 2002 and early 2003. That caused air bubbles to form inside the insoles, it said. When people step down on them, the inserts produce "a flatulence-like noise," according to a report by a Goosebumps' chemist, Richard Cavestri. Bell Chem President John Cervo said the dispute was a matter between his insurance company and Goosebumps.
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