After recently losing a tooth, Sam — who is "dreadful at brushing his teeth" — got an unexpected letter from the tooth fairy on Tuesday.
Dear Mr. Warren,
This letter is to inform you that I have now taken receipt of your tooth and it is being duly processed in our system.
You will have noticed there has been a delay in your payment for the tooth. Mr. Warren, I have to inform you that this is due to the condition in which we found said tooth. We expect a certain amount of wear and tear on the teeth we appraise. However in this case your tooth had to be referred up to the committee for further analysis.
We believe this is due to the lack of care and attention by yourself. We have detected more than trace amounts of Fanta™ and residual amounts of both cereal and chocolate which have not been removed by appropriate brushing technique. We recommend you review your practice here as a matter of urgency.
Mr. Warren we will accept the tooth on this occasion but we need your assurances that the condition of your next tooth will be significantly better or we will withhold payment.
Sincerely yours, Barry T. Tooth Fairy
People think the letter is "genius."
And many parents are saying their kids might get a letter from Barry T. Tooth Fairy for future lost teeth.
Henry said Sam was "rather chastened" by the letter, but that "one is never too young to be exposed to petty bureaucracy."