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The Tale of Willie Garson, a Squirrel, and the Two-Story Rabbit Condo

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't terribly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Racked's Buyer's Remorse.

Willie Garson and his son Nathen

White Collar star, Willie Garson has appeared in countless television shows and movies, but it was as the flamboyant Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, where he carved a true place in American pop culture. While Stanford's wardrobe was often reminiscent of a peacock, in real life Willie tends to present himself more subtlety, so we were curious to know what his greatest case of buyer's remorse was. It turns out, that purchase wasn't for himself, but for his adorable son Nathen.

Willie what was your greatest case of buyer's remorse?

Willie Garson: The things that come to mind have to do with my son, Nathen. Of course, all he wanted was a pet rabbit—long search, tons of products, found the rabbit, the right toys, food, two-story condo, etc. You can do the math.

We returned the rabbit after two months.

It went back because Nathen decided—in a very mature way for a nine year old—that he just did not want to take care of it. It ended up being a quite good learning experience about things we can't choose in life—going to school, brushing teeth, eating vegetables—and things we can choose—having and caring for a pet, smoking crack. It went back to the lovely bunny adoption lady who does this all the time. She was happy to take it back, especially with the $1,000 worth of rabbit stuff, I had bought, as a bonus.

Hopefully now Squirrel is in a better place—I mean literally in a better place, not what you are thinking.
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