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Cursing Furbys pulled from U.S. Wal-Mart store

A Wal-Mart store in Pennsylvania has pulled some Furby Talking Buddies from its shelves because of customer complaints the toys were talking dirty.

The cuddly dolls look innocent enough. But Frank LaCoy, assistant manager at the Wal-Mart Discount Cities store in Exeter says customers complained the toys were foul-mouthed.

The Furbys said "Hug me." Unfortunately, it didn't sound like "Hug me."

It seems that only about three dozen of the talking dolls were spouting the brazen phrase. Those Furbys were singled out, packed into boxes and sent back to the manufacturer.

LaCoy says many words that come out of the wildly popular Furby dolls are not clearly enunciated.

But a spokeswoman for the manufacturer, Tiger Electronics, a Hasbro subsidiary, rejects the accusation, saying the Furbys are programmed so they cannot curse or mimic curses.

She says customers must have misheard the dolls.