An embarrassed mum has penned an open letter to her local supermarket after experiencing a very awkward moment with her daughter and the store’s brand of nappies.
Brit Fran Harvey has taken to Facebook to call out UK chain Sainsbury’s for selling the nappies printed with ocean creatures including fish, seashells and crabs.
It’s the pesky crustaceans in particular that are causing a problem when Fran changes her two-and-a-half-year-old’s nappy in public changing rooms.
“Why put the animal crabs on your nappies?” the red-faced mum wrote.
“My toddler thinks it’s great you have chosen the animal crabs, and finds it great to go around saying ‘Violet got crabs’, ‘Violet got crabs in her nappy’ and also ‘Mummy gave Violet crabs in nappy’,” the mum explained.
“You can only begin to imagine the funny looks I have received.”
Can the crabs
Fran goes on to suggest that the supermarket should opt for an alternative design.
“You could have chosen any cute fluffy animal to put on your nappy, but you chose the crab,” she wrote.
“Have you thought about changing the animal for future nappies?”
She ended her post by crediting the retailer for causing her much public shame.
“Thank you for the embarrassment and I look forward to hearing a response,
An embarrassed crab hating Mum of 2,” she signed off.
It’s worth pointing out that the mum has no qualms with the nappies themselves, they fit her baby well, don’t leak and are reasonably priced, it’s the actual design of them that has caused the cringe.
Sainsbury’s speaks out
The mum-of-two has received a response from Sainsbury’s which she shared on Facebook.
“I’m sorry the aquatic design isn’t of liking,” the supermarket reportedly said.
Fran says she is grateful to the supermarket for the lols.
“Thank you Sainsbury’s for giving me and other mums a little giggle at nappy changes,” she told Yahoo UK.
“Your crabs certainly provided some entertainment!
Other parents have come out in solidarity and shared their own cringe-worthy stories.
“Could be worse my daughter had problems with her ears when young and as a consequence got some words slightly wrong,” one parent shared.
“On holiday one year she saw some Dora the Explora crocs she wanted, unfortunately she couldn't say crocs came out as crabs.
“We bought the crocs then decided to go for meal in restaurant all was going great till the server walked up wearing crocs my darling daughter took one look and started squealing with excitement and pointing at server shrieking ‘She’s got crabs she’s got crabs.”
The parenting shame is oh. so. real.
Additional reporting by Marie Claire Dorking.
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