Tara Weston says in several newspaper articles that she was stunned when a toy parrot she’d bought for her five year old daughter let loose a string of obscenities and threats. She bought the toy for her five year old daughter Demi from The 99p Store in Holloway as a gift but says she was forced to cover Demi’s ears when the toy screamed out “I’m going to rip your head off and shit down your neck.” The manager has apologised for the mistake and removed the toy from the shelves in the children’s section of the store.
Isn’t this terrible? An unsuspecting mother buys a gift for her young child that turns out to use horrific language and death threats. I’ll just bet that most of the parents out there are sympathising with these events. Of course, the key word is “unsuspecting” as you’re about to see.
Meet Polly The Insulting Parrot, the toy which Tara Weston bought for her five year old daughter. Just take a look at that box for a second. The toy’s name alone should have rung some alarm bells, one would think. And if that didn’t, how about the speech bubble which clearly shows it saying “Show us your tits.”? You can’t see it here but the back of the box lists some more of the charming comments the parrot will use whenever anyone walks in front of it (see the “Pretty Polly” box on the right of this post).
Am I the only one who suspects that Tara knew exactly what she was doing when she bought that toy? Even the most ignorant parent couldn’t have missed those signs. I believe she saw it in the kids section and, instead of mentioning the mistake to staff so it could be rectified, bought it in an effort to sell her story to newspapers and magazines as well as get some compensation from the store.