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Old 11-23-2007, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Sympathy greeting cards for your friends and relatives doing hard time


Terrye Cheathem, a criminal defense lawyer and adviser to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, has developed a line of greeting cards for a Hallmark-ignored demographic: the recently incarcerated. Among her selections are cards reading "Sorry to hear about your arrest," and "Honestly, I never knew anyone who was arrested before," and, simply, "Not You!" A remorseful correspondent could choose: "I know that I have not visited you. But I still care about you ... When are you getting out, anyway?"

Card sales are slow, according to an October Los Angeles Times story, and Cheathem acknowledges that people might prefer to ignore their connections to criminals. [Los Angeles Times, 10-13-07]

News of the Weird: Sympathy greeting cards for your friends and relatives doing hard time - Yahoo! News (broken link)
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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Sympathy greeting cards for your friends and relatives doing hard time


Terrye Cheathem, a criminal defense lawyer and adviser to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, has developed a line of greeting cards for a Hallmark-ignored demographic: the recently incarcerated. Among her selections are cards reading "Sorry to hear about your arrest," and "Honestly, I never knew anyone who was arrested before," and, simply, "Not You!" A remorseful correspondent could choose: "I know that I have not visited you. But I still care about you ... When are you getting out, anyway?"

Card sales are slow, according to an October Los Angeles Times story, and Cheathem acknowledges that people might prefer to ignore their connections to criminals. [Los Angeles Times, 10-13-07]

News of the Weird: Sympathy greeting cards for your friends and relatives doing hard time - Yahoo! News (broken link)



Well, I know two guys, and one woman who are incarcerated. One of the guys has had too many dwi arrests. The other two both have some drug possesion convictions. And I have sent cards and letters to all three of them. It doesn't strike me as being weird to send cards to prison inmates. Of course, I see that the the part about actually creating a line of cards is supposed to be the weird thing. I will say that I never sent any of them a sympathy card. I mean, they know why they're there. But maybe its just me thats weird, because the concept is clear to me as to why someone would send this type of card. Perhaps people dont need a special type of card anyway. I buy a lot of blank cards, and they become whatever I want them to be. I just write it in and flap in off in the mail. Never ever have I concerned myself with what other people might think because I might write to someone in prison. Just my two cents on this thing.
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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It's more weird that Hallmark is making cards for people in jail or prison. I had no idea that Hallmark was doing this.


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