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Obama coins hawked by Montel Williams a ripoff? Well... duh!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2009 2:04PM
One of the most physically painful TV moments in our lifetime was having to watch poor Montel Williams sell the last remainder of his soul for worthless Barack Obama commemorative coins.

It seemed just yesterday that the talk show host with the Yul Brenner scalp was chumming it up on the daytime talk show circuit, interviewing women who love too much or husbands who love way too much with people other than their wives. It was like watching the rock-bottom moment of a man's life in the wake of his waning glory days without it airing on VH1.

Now a local action news station has blown the lid off these coins that Montel has reduced himself to hawking: they are a bigger gyp than Baywatch Nights.

KATU 2 News out of Portland, Oregon talked to a couple of Barack Obama collectible hoarders who buy and sell all sorts of commemorative Obama merchandise. They have everything from coffee mugs to posters to those plates that sit in cabinets and no one will ever use unless the dishwasher breaks and Grandma isn't home. Then they saw the ad featuring Montel's smiling mug and felt that they had to have them for their collection. (Danny's news gravitas instinct kicks in) But what they got was a UPS package of disappointment and frustration.

They ordered some sets with the thought they were getting actual coins pressed by the U.S. Mint. What they got was 50-cent pieces with stickers plastered on one side of them. Four sets of the coins set them back $150 smackers. Hope and change, my ass.

The report, of course, features a portion of the Montel commercial pouring his heart for this coins and telling the viewers that he's "so proud to be a part of this incredible offer."

If you don't even feel a twinge of heartache for the man, then you're not human.

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American

When you vote for a con then you buy a momento of a con Karma has arrived. Its only the beginning.

February 17 2009 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butters

@ Malren







Gyp







DONE!

February 17 2009 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Man

As a coin collector for years I must also not be human because I thought everyone knew for the last 200 years that no living person can be put on the face of U.S. money.

Before Obama my coin site got flooded with "rare limited issued Reagan dimes" which were actually pressed not stickers, but guess what fools they are virtually worthless at less Obama fakes are silver.

http://catalog.usmint.gov/
http://coinedformoney.blogspot.com/

February 17 2009 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butters

Well, that's just a gyp!

I think you are just giving me gyp.

Man, I have a gyp knee.

I think I have been gypped.

GET OVER IT!

Oh and by the way, you are no more Romani than I am. And not everyone needs to google every last thing like you do.

February 17 2009 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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malren

Wow. Well that post just speaks volumes about what kind of person you are...

I've said my piece. TV Squad should not engage in this kind of casual racism any more than they would talk about "jewing down a price."

Done.

February 17 2009 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butters

@ Malren

Well it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if your heritage is Romani then you don't really call yourself a Gypsy as it can have negative connotations, so therefore you wouldn't care if anyone used the term 'gyp'.

The only person that would get "offended" by 'gyp' would be some bleeding heart politically correct idiot who has no idea what they are talking about. In other words, you Malren.

I have shown you the etymology of the word 'gyp' and that was you best response. You must be a rocket scientist yourself.

February 17 2009 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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malren

Actually my Rom branch has been using the word gypsy for almost 600 years. As have many, many isolated branches. But hey...you keep doing those google searches. I'm sure it impresses someone.

February 17 2009 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gary klein

The Sylvia Browne pimping put this guy in a reserved room in hell long before his coin scam. He does not have an ethical bone in his body. And make sure to keep an eye out for the drug company "help" truck that's on it's way to your town. That's got to be a winner!

http://aplusmathnscience.com/

February 16 2009 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam

Well, duh. Of course they're a piece of crap. Just look at the coins on the commercial...how else would you get a glossy picture on a coin without it being a sticker.

February 16 2009 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chester

Someone must of waited until he had just smoked a spliff and had him thinking it was a great idea.

February 16 2009 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocketboy_X

"If you don't even feel a twinge of heartache for the man, then you're not human."

I guess it's not human to not be surprised that he's shilling for a scam then. He shilled for Sylvia Browne for HOW MANY FREAKIN YEARS, and some rip-off coins is the WORST thing that he's done?

At least the coins are not preying off dead people like Sylvia Browne.

February 16 2009 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

From the dictionary:

gyp
1   /dʒɪp/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [jip] Show IPA Pronunciation
verb, gypped, gypâ‹…ping, noun
-verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1. to defraud or rob by some sharp practice; swindle; cheat.
-noun
2. a swindle or fraud.
3. Also, gyp⋅per  /ˈdʒɪpər/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [jip-er] Show IPA Pronunciation , gypster. a swindler or cheat.
4. Also called gypsy. an owner of racehorses who also acts as trainer and jockey.

February 16 2009 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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malren

Is that supposed to make it okay? That it's in the dictionary? Because so are "nigger" and "kike."

Oh and Butters? Never assume someone's heritage over the internet, genius.

February 16 2009 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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