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Don: Halloween letter to fat kids has to be hoax

A North Dakota woman is reportedly giving out "fat letters" to overweight kids instead of candy. But is it really just a hoax? (AP file)

There's plenty of talk today about an anonymous North Dakota woman who claims she'll be giving "fat letters" to some kids instead of candy.

The woman identified only as Cheryl called a local Fargo radio show and said she wanted to take a stand against obesity.

"Their kids are everybody's kids. It takes a whole village. And really the whole community is going to pay for it," she said. "I just think parents should take more responsibility for their kids becoming fat kids."

The letter, passed around social media this week, says her hope is that parents will step up and "ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits."

But even though the story has been picked up everywhere from USA Today to the Today Show, KIRO Radio's Don O'Neill thinks the whole story is nothing more than a hoax.

"When I saw it was a radio station, I Googled this radio station and I saw all the pranks that this radio station had created or been a part of in the past," he says. "I don't think she exists. She's an actor."

Don makes a pretty good point. No last name. She hasn't been around for any interviews. Makes you wonder.

Are you buying it or is it bogus?

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Letter courtesy wxpi.com

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