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MISSOURI SUES FIRM THAT SELLS LIGHT BULBS

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The state sued a company that sells light bulbs over the telephone, charging it claims all its employees are handicapped when they may have nothing more disabling than hangnails or hay fever.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Jackson County said workers for Local Handicapped Workers Inc. have called thousands of people in Missouri since April, saying that "all the employees here are handicapped." Then the solicitors asked the customers to buy light bulbs for up to $5.41 each.Investigators from state Attorney General William L. Webster's office say that when they posed as job applicants at the business, supervisors told them they could earn up to $600 a week and that "handicaps" could include pregnancy, hangnails, allergies or the need for eyeglasses.

"I seriously doubt anyone who purchased light bulbs from the company would consider wearing glasses a handicap," Webster said.