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State Fair soothing salts cause confusion

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Updated: 10/01/2012 11:17 pm Published: 10/01/2012 11:07 pm

There is some confusion at the Tulsa State Fair for one vendor selling a Made in Oklahoma product.

The vendor said it’s not what you might think it is.

“These are pure Pacific sea salts,” said Bill Fredericks.

He owns Soothing Salts made out of Edmond.

The bath salts are poured into a bath tub, jacuzzi or whirlpool to soak your body.

You certainly don’t snort them.

“They use them to eat people’s faces off?” asked fairgoer Cole Carr.

Fredericks: “I’m sorry what? “These are the real thing those are the synthetic bath salts.

Carr: “So these will turn me into a zombie? Zombie!! They eat people’s faces off.”

The ever so popular question at the Tulsa State Fair this year is at the Soothing Salt stand.

“They are not going to make me go crazy?” said another young girl.

Another woman gets a call and has to clarify what booth she is at in the Exchange Center.

“No not drugs,” said customer Laura Rogers.

Customers are confusing the real bath salts with the synthetic drug dubbed “bath salts.”

“I think it has the whole zombie apocalypse coming,” said Carr.

Synthetic salts are known as the zombie drug after a bizarre attack in Florida.

A man thought to have been high on the synthetic drug bath salts ate another man’s face.

However, the real bath salts are nothing close to the synthetic drug.

“They are great for soaking muscles, joints and back pain,” said Fredericks. “These are Pacific, pure sea salts.”

Still Soothing Salts’ owner said this year at both the Oklahoma City State Fair and the Tulsa State Fair they have been questioned non-stop.

“Fifteen to twenty people an hour and it covers all age groups,” said Fredericks.

All the time with the questions is impacting business.

“I am doing a lot more talking and educating than selling,” said Fredericks.

He tries to have with fun with customers who really think what he’s selling is a synthetic drug. 

“You are only going to snort it once and you are not going to do it again and I want to be there to watch it because it’s going to be funny,” said Fredericks.

However, he wants to wash away any misconception.

“They make you feel good and they make you smell good,” said Fredericks. “I want people to understand that these are the real bath salts it’s not what you get high on and what the kids are smoking.”

Soothing Salts booth is located in the Made in Oklahoma area in the Exchange Center.

The Fredericks make the bath salts out of Edmond and have been in business for eight years.

Oklahoma bans many chemicals found in synthetic drugs such as "bath salts".

However, companies who sell synthetic drugs often find a loophole and alter the drugs make-up allowing them to be sold again.

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mustangdriver - 10/5/2012 1:11 PM
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Leave it to my generation to screw up a good thing that has been around for many years. Sorry older folks, but some of us youngers folks are actually good people. I hope you can distinguish between the good and bad younger generation.

MsKimberly - 10/3/2012 2:10 AM
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I'am sorry Mr.Fredericks you are just trying to make a living! Wake up people bath salts have been around for decades and if you don't know ask your grandparents. You don't know what you are missing!

aleman - 10/2/2012 3:31 PM
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Kinda gotta be carefull what you buy at the Fair stuff might turn you into a corpse,wake up dead the next day.

kindagreywolf - 10/2/2012 10:26 AM
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Wow! People are freaking idiots.
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