Diane S., Wisconsin asked if the following email she received was true:
Pepsi has a new patriotic can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Bldg. and the Pledge of Allegiance on them. But Pepsi forgot two little words on the pledge, “Under God.” Pepsi said they did not want to offend anyone.
If this is true then we do not want to offend anyone at the Pepsi corporate office. If we do not buy any Pepsi product then they will not receive any of our monies. Our money after all does have the words “Under God” on it. Please pass this word to everyone you know. Tell your Sunday School class tomorrow and tell your Pastors so that they can tell the whole congregation. Christians stand up and let your voices be heard. We want the words “under God” to be read by every person who buys a can.
This issue concerns a special patriotic can design that was approved by Dr. Pepper back in November 2001 and has nothing to do with Pepsi or Coca-Cola.
According to Urban Legends: “The Dr. Pepper can was marketed for a limited time and has been off of store shelves for three years now (since February 2002).”
Also: “Dr Pepper did not print the entire Pledge of Allegiance on their cans while leaving out the words ‘under God’; they invoked the Pledge of Allegiance by using a mere three words from the pledge.”
Myth Buster Verdict: False. People should ensure their facts are straight before initiating something as serious as a product or company boycott and pass bunk like this around the Internet.