Mum outraged after daughter, seven, is sold penis-shaped sweets at shopping centre
A MUM was left fuming after her seven-year-old daughter was sold a packet of willy-shaped sweets.
Hilary Way branded retailer lol “irresponsible” for allowing Maisie and older sister Bethany, 12, to buy the adult treats from their store while on a shopping trip with their aunt and gran.
After confiscating the confectionery, Hilary then visited the shop in the Cascades centre, Portsmouth, Hants the following day to demand an explanation.
She said: "I asked how could you sell these to children? Don’t you see how inappropriate this is?’
“But there was no apology – the woman working there was incredibly frosty towards me.
"I was completely taken aback and disgusted.
"I'm horrified to think that my two young girls were walking about eating these, and that a shop could be so irresponsible as to sell them.
"The girls had gone to town with their auntie and nan and they had popped into the shop.
"The buggy was too big to fit down the aisles because it's a small shop so the girls took their pocket money while my sister and mum waited for them at the front door."
The girls are understood to have paid £1.99 for the sweets which are contained in a clear plastic container with a pink lid.
Primary school worker Hilary, 38, from Fareham, Hants, added: "There is no sign to say the products are for an appropriate age group. They aren’t cordoned off.
"My girls thought they were innocent sweets.
"Seeing them come home with them was really upsetting."
The store has a variety of toys, sweets and gadgets suitable for children but also sells a small stock of adult-friendly products, including Karma Sutra playing cards.
A spokesperson for lol, said: "The product was a new line that we were trying, which was in our adult humour section.
"It should not have ever been sold to children and was done so by mistake on a very busy day.
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"As soon as we were made aware of the incident, the product was removed from the shelf.
"As a result of this we have now decided not to continue to sell it, as we can see that the item can be confusing and if children were to see it, they may not realise what they actually are and may think they were normal sweets.
"We would like to apologise for the incident and any upset this may have caused."
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