Duck stamp, photo courtesy Star Tribune
Feds will continue selling a stamp that directs consumers to a phone sex hotline because they say it would be too costly to reprint them.
Approximately 3.5 million stamps sold by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were supposed to include a phone number to purchase the current Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting edition, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Instead of the correct phone number – 1-800-STAMP24 – the printers substituted the word “STAMP” with “TRAMP.”
The number directs dialers to a service called “Intimate Connections,” where callers are warned that they are required to be older than 18 to continue.
Rachel Levin, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman, said the typo is “an unfortunate typographical error” that the department “really regrets,” but it will continue to sell the $15 stamps with the incorrect number.
According to the Star Tribune, waterfowl hunters who are older than 16 are required to buy the duck stamp. It raises $25 million annually for wetland habitat acquisition for the national Wildlife Refuge System. The stamp was designed by Minnesota artist Joseph Hautman and produced by independent contractor Ashton Potter Ltd., of Williamsville, N.Y.
Levin said reprinting 3.5 million stamps would cost $300,000, and “that’s a lot of money we could be putting into” conservation.
“The stamp is perfectly usable,” she told the Star Tribune. “It will just be a lot more interesting for people now.”