Man who ‘mistakenly’ received Monster slipper revealed as elaborate PR stunt
Published 21/10/2011 | 08:47
A STORY about a man who mistakenly received a size 1,450 slipper from a mail-order company may have been an elaborate PR stunt.
Tom Boddingham, 27, said he received the oversized slipper after Chinese manufacturers failed to spot a decimal point in his order.
He said he'd ordered a size 13 slipper and a size 14.5 slipper due to his mismatched feet, but instead received a 1,450 shoe.
The story came complete with a photograph of Mr Boddingham nestled inside his giant shoe, which was the size of a small bed.
Mr Boddingham said he planned to sell the giant slipper on eBay.
He said: "It was sent directly from Hong Kong and measures 210 x 130 x 65cms - the same length as a grizzly bear or a family car.
"I reckon I must be the owner of the biggest slipper in the world.
"I'm going to sell it online and if I can make a few quid out of it then all the better."
The story was picked up by a host of media outlets and Mr Boddingham even went on radio station BBC London94.9 to describe his astonishment.
Monster Slippers blogged about the incident, claiming the oversized slipper was made after a factory worker read the 14.5 order as 1,450. They went ahead with the manufacturing, the blog post claims, because the factory "figured it was a sample for a shop window display".
A spokesman for the company apologised to Boddingham and "promised to make him a replacement slipper of the right dimensions".
However, it has now been revealed that Boddingham bares a striking resemblance to Monster Slippers website manager Joe Jennings, leading to speculation that the story must be a PR stunt.
Monster Slippers were unavailable for comment
If it is indeed a stunt, the size 1,450 slipper joins a group of fake stories to gain national coverage. These include a Berlin 'cannibal' restaurant that appealed for humans to donate body parts, and a Dutch TV show in which contestants were offered the chance to win a kidney.
Although it is unknown whether the story was a complete hoax or if it was partly true, what is clear is that unless the picture was cleverly photoshopped, the monster slipper does exist... somewhere.