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