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Piñatas offer a cathartic whack at COVID-19

Original post made on May 2, 2021

Elizabeth McCarthy, a nurse at Stanford Hospital, gets what it's like to want to smack the bejesus out of the coronavirus. Now, she's offering a way for people to get that cathartic thrill by crafting coronavirus-shaped piñatas.

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Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 2, 2021 at 10:29 am

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Great job here by Nurse McCarthy and what a fun idea! The pinatas look amazing. $40 for one seems a little steep as a lot of people have been hurting financially. I understand the price though because of the cost of materials. What a fun idea for a way to kick off post vaccination and/or post pandemic life. It’s very symbolic obviously. It would be absolutely classic to send one to Dr. Fauci but don’t give him one for free. Make Dr. Fauci pay(or even pay double for a profit) like everyone else please unless he is willing to give your pinatas a plug on national television to help boost sales. You have to know how to run a business these days. Amazing work and also thank you for taking care of Covid patients during your work as a nurse and I’m sorry you have had such a tough year. This has inspired me to make a few pinatas in the likenesses of some of the vapid commenters that annoy me here at the weekly so I can “smack the bejesus out of them” in a nice way to get my frustrations out at home. Thank you.

Posted by No Loss
a resident of Downtown North
on May 2, 2021 at 11:15 am

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Back in 2017, the Donald Trump pinatas were a big seller and easily procured in the various Hispanic communities.

Easy to caricature and fun to whack.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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A "cathartic whack." Too funny. The same reason we leave comments. $40.00 for a pinata is charging for your time. The material costs aren't high. I'd give Dr. Fauci one for free. Word of mouth -- he'll tell two friends and so on and so. Consider it a "loss leader" and keep in mind he knows people with a little extra money in their pocket...

Posted by MP Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 3, 2021 at 11:23 am

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We have purchased 5 piñatas from Elizabeth in recent months for various occasions and gifts. The pure joy and hysterical laughter ‘beating’ covid has brought us has been the cheapest therapy around. Thank you for offering this priceless moment of levity and for your work on the frontlines as a nurse.