Drinking Tom Cruise: Ebay Offers Bottles Of Pool Water Used By Tom Cruise

Why roll around in the food leftovers of higher caste people, when you can wash in the water used by Tom Cruise. For a little over $100 you can now buy an eight-ounce bottle of pool water used by Tom Cruise and his family on July 16, 2011.

It is sort of like “Rain Man” meets “The Color of Money.”

Here is the description:

For sale is a 4oz. glass bottle containing water taken from a pool in Miami Beach, Florida in which Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes swam in with daughter Suri on July 16, 2011. There is a very limited supply of this special water. The winning bidder will receive a 5×7 print of Tom swimming in the pool with Katie Holmes by his side as a certificate of authenticity. The bottle is hand painted and shows a cross to mimic the effect of a bottle of Holy Water. But this cross also bears four gold rays coming from behind, which can also be considered the symbol of Scientology. Tom Cruise water can be used in rituals, potions, or perfumes. It can be dabbed behind the ears or on the wrists for good luck. You can place some of it around the hearth of your home or baptize your baby with it. The possibilities are endless. Happy bidding!

Before you buy that water from Lourdes, you may want to try the Tom Water, which comes with a lovely Scientology symbol. However, holy water from Lourdes include a current sale of a package less than fifty percent of the cost of Tom Water and “As well as providing a Lourdes shopping experience, we also provide FREE prayer delivering services for all our customers.”

The Ebay sale raises an interesting question of privacy liability. The seller is not claiming that Cruise is involved in the sale. Yet, he could be accused of using his name or likeness:

652C Appropriation of Name or Likeness
One who appropriates to his own use or benefit the name or likeness of another is subject to liability to the other for invasion of his privacy.

a. The interest protected by the rule stated in this Section is the interest of the individual in the exclusive use of his own identity, in so far as it is represented by his name or likeness, and in so far as the use may be of benefit to him or to others. Although the protection of his personal feelings against mental distress is an important factor leading to a recognition of the rule, the right created by it is in the nature of a property right, for the exercise of which an exclusive license may be given to a third person, which will entitle the licensee to maintain an action to protect it.
b. How invaded. The common form of invasion of privacy under the rule here stated is the appropriation and use of the plaintiff’s name or likeness to advertise the defendant’s business or product, or for some similar commercial purpose. Apart from statute, however, the rule stated is not limited to commercial appropriation. It applies also when the defendant makes use of the plaintiff’s name or likeness for his own purposes and benefit, even though the use is not a commercial one, and even though the benefit sought to be obtained is not a pecuniary one. Statutes in some states have, however, limited the liability to commercial uses of the name or likeness.

Yet, this water was essentially discarded by the Cruise family and, if the representation is true, the seller is doing nothing more than other people who by items touched by celebrities. Garbage and other discarded items are generally found to be free of any expectation of privacy and indeed can be seized by the government without a warrant or probable cause. There is also the possibility of a lawsuit by the Church of Scientology over the use of its symbol on the bottles. That would suggest an association and the Church is notorious for being both litigious and protective over Cruise (and other celebrity Scientologists).

The issue would come down to whether the advertizing suggests a celebrity endorsement or involvement. This was the issue in the recent controversy between Woody Allen and American Apparel.

Usually the most promising claim is contractual in asserting that a hotel or business never informed the family of the possibility of selling such items. This should be interesting to watch. As he said in “Jerry Maguire,” people need to understand “I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?

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22 thoughts on “Drinking Tom Cruise: Ebay Offers Bottles Of Pool Water Used By Tom Cruise”

  1. 10 bids $1075.00 as of 5 minutes ago. does Tom or scientology ppl know of this? hmmm…

  2. Oooh, gotta get me some!

    Anybody that buys any should have their head examined.

    Anyway, as far as SAVING/BUYING $ and eBay goes:

    If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add your question and their answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

    Use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Especially good for “Buy It Now”s that are priced right.

    If the item that you are looking for is a long word or a bit difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might not ever see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.

  3. Ok lets all hum along….Asperges me, Domine, hysspop, et mundabor. laqvais me, et super nivem dealbabor. Now everybodys water is blessed

  4. Catullus, I have trouble telling the difference between rubbing alcohol and vodka. Part of the problem is due to the fact I was raised in the South. You know, that place where our holy water is Jack Daniels #7.

  5. Drink it & go theta clear!

    Really, isn’t it long past time for that giant meteor?

  6. You know? It occurs to me that there should be a real market for this Holy Water. What other beverage option is so appropot to serve with Divinity (kind of a candy foam like merangue) or Heavenly Delight (pineapple and marshmallows with thick cream left overnight to melt together).

    And Bong smokers could derive a variety of benefits; I would think….so I hear.

    Do you suppose it has to be a Catholic Priest or will any Clergyman do?

    If you add a little to a big jar of tap water; does the whole jug become holy?

    What if you only add 1 drop to a 55 gal. drum?

    We’re going to need an FDA ruling as to what percentage of the water needs to actually be blessed in order to call the whole barrel “Holy”.

    Perhaps Consumer Reports could run a performance evaluation to determine the realative magical value by ml.

    Then we could market it like gasoline or itch medication if you wish.

    Regular; High Magic; and Ulta Magicical

    Holy Water; Maximum Strength Holy Water; and Holy Water HIF (High Intensity Formula with Lanolin.

    You see the problem with Corporations.

    A guy like me has an idea for a new health beverage and the next thing you know; he wants to give as little as possible for as big a return as he can milk out of his customers.

    Then he goes on some topical website; get tied up with a couple of shady looking Lawyer types and the FDA is involved and we’re on the trail of Federal Rulings; Tax Loopholes and low priced Priests in India who will bless at a fraction of the cost.

    Now that we have a foot in the door in India; why not just use local water.

    Save on shipping the stuff around the world for the blessing.

    Local parasites in the water? No problem. If we ever get caught we will start boiling the water first. But you know; only if the cost of the lawsuit awards are likely to exceed the cost of boiling all that water.

    We could just add a toxin to kill the parasites and see how that turns out. If it affects less people than the parasites we’re good.

    Of course if it starts killing people; there could be some dark looks from the Government. Nothing a healthy donation won’t take care of though.

    I really don’t see the problem though. How much more magical could Holy Water be than if it sends you directly to God. Do not pass go do not…………..

    We need details; details

    Man; we could be in the money.

  7. I do recall in the early 80’s something about outhouse water….But I do wanna go back a thread and incorporate it here….Can you drink of the pool that I swam in….

  8. Alternate punchline: According to the principles of homeopathy you could give this to your dog to keep him OFF the couch.

  9. “You know according to the principles of homeopathy this is basically like paying $100 to meet lick Tom Cruise.”

    Not only more accurate (I think), but . . . ewwwwwwww.

  10. You know according to the principles of homeopathy this is basically like paying $100 to meet Tom Cruise.

  11. One of the guys in our class works at the church on weekends and says that they get the holy water right out of the sink tap. A priest says a short prayer over it and bingo, the thing speaks for itself. A dog got run over by a car out in front of the church so George (not his real name) stole some of the holy water and gave the dying creature a drink and a little bath. It sprang right to life and is running loose in the neighborhood again. The magic must be in the prayer. It made us all firm believers and George went back and got us a quart. He did not steal it, he just put his own bottle right next to the pan of tap water when the priest gave the prayer. We would be glad to let some go for a price. Get back to us by the afternoon break cause we got some rubes coming in from another school and might trade it for some stolen bikes.

  12. Unless this clown is selling this water with permission from the Church of Scientology, he is likely to be receiving a nasty letter from counsel for the Religious Technology Center, which has exclusive rights to the trademarks, including that “Scientology cross.” They’re quite aggressive about attempting to protect that mark. Their claims to it might be rather questionable, as it preexists Scientology, but they have a reasonably good argument that when it is being used, as it is here, to convey connection to Scientology, it has acquired enough distinctiveness to be trademarkable.

    Never mind that Tom Cruise’s own lawyer, Bertie Fields, is notoriously aggressive dealing with nonsense like this.

    I don’t personally give a tinker’s damn about the intellectual property rights of either, but this particular eBay item is so frankly disgusting I’d like to see it shut down just on general principle.


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