We were duped. We erred on the side of compassion. We were totally taken in by this story about the death of this guy’s son.
May 7, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who started a small charitable foundation in honor of his teenage son who died of a drug overdose said he lied about aspects of the tragedy to get companies to donate money and sporting goods.
Tom Miller said he solicits hundreds of companies each year. Letters to golf club manufacturers have falsely claimed that his son was buried with the golf clubs of each company, that his son hoped to be a professional golfer and that the family had roots in the communities in which the companies are based.
“We were duped,” said Michele Szynal, vice president of public relations for Callaway Golf Co. in Carlsbad, Calif., which donated a set of clubs worth $2,645 to the foundation this spring. “We erred on the side of compassion. We were totally taken in by this story about the death of this guy’s son.”