The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 30, 1982-Page 5
Dial services offer
balloons and strippers
Two-year-old Robin Hawkins of Grand Rapids, Michigan, cuddles her
favorite drill, a tool she has used to destroy over $2,000 of property at her
family's home in the past two months.
Two-year-old wrea s
havoc in family home
GRAND RAPIDS (UPI)- First it
was the plumbing, then the dishwasher,
the refrigerator and the family car.
None has escaped the wrath of Rowlf
Hawkins' 2-year-old daughter, whose
damage toll hit $2,296.37 in two months.
ROBIN Hawkins' trail of terror
began in the toilet, a familiar trouble
spot for toddlers. Alice the Cat got
dunked, drowned and flushed.
Father Rowlf, who dutifully keeps
track of her exploits, neatly tallied the
expenses in a yellow tablet: $62.75 for
the plumber, $2.50 for Alice.
That was only the beginning.
ROBIN'S decision to give teddy bear
a bath-atop the heating element in the
dishwasher-cost her father $375 for
repairs, $25 for smoke damage and, of
course, $8 for the teddy bear.
Then there was the refrigerator.
Seems Robin had stuck some magnetic
letters in the vents just before the
family left home for the weekend,
M causing the motor to burn out. The cost:
$310 for the refrigerator, $120 in spoiled
food and $3.75 for the magnetic letters.
"That evening, we sat down to watch
TV," said Hawkins, an East Grand
Rapids police officer. "Robin had
twisted the fine tune so far that it broke
The next day Mrs. Hawkins went to
pick her husband up from his second
job as a part-time officer in Sparta. She
left Robin sleeping in her safety seat,
leaving the keys in her purse inside the
"We heard the car start up and we
ran outside, just in time to watch the
car start down the street," he said. She
ran into a tree. Cost: $1,029.52 in
A FEW DAYS later, Robin tried to
play some tapes in the family stereo.
Cost: $36 for tapes and $35 for tape deck
Shortly after that, the Hawkins
parked their car halfway in the garage
after a shopping trip and, because they
were planning to unload groceries,
decided to leave Robin strapped in her
"My wife had the keys, so we figured
everything was OK," Hawkins said.
EVERYTHING was OK, until they
heard a loud noise and went outside to
find the automatic garage door boun-
cing off the hood of the car with guess
who locked inside the car, pushing the
remote control. Cost: $120.
Robin also lifted $620 out of the cash
register at a supermarket, drilled 50
holes in the walls of a rental property
owned by her parents, painted walls
with nail polish and slipped the garden
tractor out of gear so it rolled down the
driveway, narrowly missing a neighbor
out on a walk.
"Some day when she comes and asks
me why she isn't getting any allowance,
I'll show her this," Hawkins said,
waving the yellow pad containing his
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Telegrams, sees her competition, the
Strip-a-gram business, as a good means
of weeding away from her those cud-
tomers interested in strips.
IN CONTRAST, the Exotic Tahitian
Rock Dancer, who asked to remain
nameless, said that since the onset of
strip-a-grams, her business has drop-
ped considerably. She attributes this to
the sexual appeal of stripping. "Strip-
ping is more alluring," she said, "men
would rather see a stripper."
On the other hand, there are more
wholesome "grams." Clown Delivered
Greetings, headed by Melody Fill, who
calls herself "Dr. Grin Giggles," star-
ted her business a year ago. For $30,
two clowns will entertain you at the
place of your request. In the past year,
with balloons and jokes, clowns have
enhanced many, birthdays and
graduations in Ann Arbor, " Giggles"
Clowns, like bellydancers, take their
profession seriously. "Giggles" started
her business after taking many city-
sponsored clown classes.
FOR ALMOST two years, Marie
McWilliams has sent her Balloon
Bouquets employees, clad in tuxedos, to
deliver telegrams and a message which
is sung and danced along with a giant
bunch of balloons.
McWilliams says her employees are
not professionals but"people who work
for me do it because it's fun to do the
giving. They enjoy what they're doing
and the people who get the balloons love
it," she said.
Balloon Bouquets receives at least 10
calls a day from 11 - 75-year-olds, Mc-
Among the balloon services, there is
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THIS PICTURE MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO THOSE
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THE AOVIES AT BRIARWOOD
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less competition thati the more exotic
message services. McWilliams said
she doesn't feel competitive toward
Clown Delivered Greetings.
The owners of all these services have
a common interest - money. But they
stress that they make their money in a
way that both the people who give and
receive their services can enjoy.
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