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Stick It to Evil

Now this is a weird story! First the story, from True’s 30 November 2014 issue, and then the photo that goes with it.

Magic Wand

Nicole Allen bought a “fairy princess toy” at a dollar store in Dayton, Ohio, for her 2-year-old daughter. The package of the Chinese-made toy says the wand “can send out the luster of the beauty” and “can send out wonderful music,” but the only noise it makes is an evil laugh. The pink wand had a foil mirror on it, but when Allen’s son tore off the foil, it revealed an obviously Photoshopped photo of a girl with red eyes, fangs, and blood — and sawing on her wrist with a large knife. “I’m outraged over it,” Allen says. “I want to know how they think this is suitable for a child.” On the other hand, the toy is clearly called the “Evilstick” — and the package notes that due to small parts, it’s a choking hazard not suitable for children under 3. Store owner Amar Moustafa says the toy is left over from Halloween, and adds Allen should have looked at the package more closely before she bought it. Allen wants the toy pulled from shelves; Moustafa says he won’t bother unless he gets more complaints from actual customers. (RC/Dayton Daily News) …Eh: by then, Satanists will have snapped them all up.

Get them for all your kids!

Get them for all your kids! (Click to see larger.)

And here’s the photo that went with the issue this week, but larger — showing the “Evilstick” packaging and the bizarre photo found under the “mirror” portion.

Umm… why? No idea. But certainly Ms. Allen needs to look at the packaging for things she buys for her 2-year-old, including the warnings that the toy’s small parts constitute a choking hazard, making the toy not suitable for children under 3.

Yet she blames …the store for selling something she didn’t even check out. I have a name for people like that: obliviot.

The only shock is, she hasn’t sued — yet.

 

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10 Responses to Stick It to Evil

  1. David, Colorado December 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Afraid to post the freak of nomenclature story?

    David refers to another story in this week’s Premium edition. (A “freak of nomenclature” story is one where a person’s name is weirdly appropriate to what’s going on in the story. Examples here.) Anyway, if I was “afraid” of the story, I wouldn’t have written and published it! But indeed, it’s SO funny that I’m just reserving it for the paying audience. -rc

  2. Richard, Indiana December 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    What was the creator smoking when they decided this was a good idea to market to kids?

  3. Jeffrey, Las Vegas December 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    She got it at the dollar store. I think she got more than her dollar’s worth of entertainment out of the product. If not, hopefully she learned a lesson about being a better consumer.

  4. Anna, Iowa December 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    I actually want to find one now….

    Sounds reasonable — you made that decision after learning what the packaging says. -rc

  5. Lynda, Washington December 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    “Help! I am too lazy to read the packaging of the stuff I buy, so I want to have my child protected from my laziness by calling for an outright ban.”

    Sheesh.

    Yep, that’s about it. -rc

  6. Karl in California December 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    It sounds like the picture can’t be viewed unless you damage the stick by removing the foil mirror. Someone realized how lame the picture was, and covering it up was the cheap option, maybe?

    Sounds plausible. -rc

  7. Mark and New York City December 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    I think you and Lynda both missed something important here — the hidden image is not appropriate for any child, really. And what’s the choking hazard warning got to do with this creepy hidden image?

    The mother shouldn’t have bought it for a 2-year-old in the first place. Whether it should be for any child is already part of the point: it’s called the Evilstick. -rc

  8. Cathy, Sweden December 7, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    I think that it was a language barrier. The word magic may be considered evil in Chinese, and they actually did make that girl look like a “witch” by making her nose long and pointy, perhaps putting blood in a “witch’s brew” is what they think magic is. I am curious to know what the Chinese manufacturer must think of the Americans wanting to give such evil stuff to our little girls! It is obvious that the packaging is for a little girl, perhaps they were tweaking it to a place where they thought it was better! Then they had to fix it when someone from the U.S. found their error. I would have loved to have been in the room for that conversation, I smile just thinking of it. 🙂

  9. Teresa, Shreveport, LA December 8, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    What happened to the days when parents actually took responsibility and LOOKED at what they were buying for their kids? Good grief! And anyone who wants to, plug in Everything I Know About The Evilstick on YouTube. Enjoy!

  10. Dean of Salem December 9, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I actually find a good amount of humor in the warnings on some packages from overseas. For instance a toy boomerang, about 8 inches wide, that warned of small parts that could be a choking hazard? Solar lights for your yard that warned against using them while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and so on. These warnings are often just attached to everything to cover all the bases.

    Indeed true. There’s even an annual “competition” for the most ridiculous (or “wacky”) warning label: http://www.mlaw.org/wwl/pastwinners.html -rc

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