Flat Earth: Punctured affair

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The Independent Online
THE UNSIGNED letter went to 50,000 women in Spain. The pink envelope, the suggestive language and the offer of an affair led many to believe they were being stalked by a psychopathic sex maniac.

Some called the police, husbands became jealous, families hired guards. 'Yesterday I saw you again,' the letter said breathlessly. 'We passed in the street . . . How about a little affair . . . I only need to be with you for a few minutes . . . You will never forget our experience together.'

The stalker was the Fiat motor company trying to sell its latest small car. A second letter was meant to follow with the name of the nearest dealer. Yesterday Fiat apologised and called off the campaign.