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"Fun Straws" Anyone?

"Fun Straws" Anyone?

I just came across a funny story that I have to share with all of you! Andrea Bailey, a mother from Kentucky, went shopping at her local Wal-Mart to buy fun straws for her 3-year-old daughter back in February. When she got home and looked at what she had just purchased, she was aghast to see that the straws resembled male genitalia! She made an angry complaint to Wal-Mart, who apparently shrugged off her gripe, but eventually issued this statement: “At Wal-Mart we take customer questions and concerns seriously. After being contacted on this matter, Wal-Mart pulled the product in question from our shelves and is investigating the claim. Of course, our customer is welcome to return the item for a refund, if they would like."

Andrea Bailey told that her concern is not about the $1.69 she paid for the straws, but "what might happen to other families with kids a little older than Ashlynn." Now in my opinion, this was a gross overreaction, but then again, I'm not a mother of a 3-year-old. So tell me ladies, do you think she did the right thing by filing a complaint or do you think she should have just left well enough alone?


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Joelgasm Joelgasm 9 years
wow, just wow. Really, take the straws that look like 'penises' out, and give the kid a different one. Sheesh.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
What a freak-out. The straws could be penises, or they could be rocketships, bells, or just organic shapes. That woman is ridiculous as is her claim that her child could be HARMED by these straws.
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 9 years
ok really your three year old doesnt know what her vagina looks like, let alone that the image was phallic looking. it was her sooo totally over reacting. now..since i'm evil i'd prolly let my kid still drink out of it and snicker the whole time but :-X
Marci Marci 9 years
Total overreaction. The 3 year old never would have noticed. And my guess is that Wal-Mart didn't notice, either and bought them inadvertently. This world we live in. Everyone has zero tolerance an no sense of humor anymore.
shernic82 shernic82 9 years
I live in north eastern KY, and I saw this story on WSAZ a few weeks ago! The Wal-Mart where they were purchased is only a mile or two from my apartment, and I was getting ready to go up there and buy some to freak my friends out when they visited...however I learned after listening further to the story that they had been taken off the shelves. I would probably make a terrible mother, but if it had been me, I would have laughed and kept them for myself, lol.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Dude - these DON'T belong at Walmart. My question though is, didn't she look at them before she bough them?
Random2 Random2 9 years
I would've set the straws aside and tried to return them to Walmart, but not raised a stink about it. It's silly to flip out over something like this. But then again, I don't have kids to worry about.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
HA, rlire01, well said!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Good grief! I don't think a 3 year old is going to associate that with a penis! I would have had a giggle (if I even noticed the resemblance) & went about my day.
a-lifetime-ago a-lifetime-ago 9 years
It's all about perception, this woman may have seen a penis in this straw's shape but I may see a rocket ship, and above someone saw a bell. A penis shape may not be (and probably isn't) what the manufacturer intended, but it's what she sees. Someone should ask her just how comfortable she feels about her child eating a banana.
petite42 petite42 9 years
I think Freud would say this mother needs a good shagging!
designerel designerel 9 years
er no biggie. i didn't even notice the shape until it was pointed out.
nicole121482 nicole121482 9 years
Dear LORD! What is the world coming too??? It's a straw..ok, so it does resemble a you really think that's the first thing on a little tyke's mind?? And, ok...say it's an 8-12 year old boy child who picks up on that and haves themselves a good "snicker"...SO WHAT? They will forget about it in a week for the next good laugh...TOTAL OVEREACTION! I have a 5 year old child and she would never have even made that connection... I think the real question here, is what was on that women's mind?? LOL
Meike Meike 9 years
How remarkably stupid. *rolls eyes* I think I'll just move back to either Europe or Japan now.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I think a problem comes in not when a 3-year-old drinks out of a penis-shaped straw but when a 3-year-old REALIZES she is drinking out of a penis-shaped straw. OVERREACTION. P. S. I read "crazy straw" and thought crazy straw.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
On the Lilsugar post, I said that I thought she overreacted. I doubt that any little kid would have thought it looked like a penis - and to be honest, I thought it looked like a bell. I wouldn't have freaked out. To be honest, if I'd been in her position and saw what I thought was a penis straw - I would have probably set aside the straws, asked another person if they saw what I saw. And then if they did, I probably would have sent an email to Walmart to let them know that the straw looked awfully similar to a penis and that they might want to change the shape to prevent overreacting people from making a big deal out of it. But I certainly wouldn't have alerted the media... yeesh.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i wonder how many teeth she has
rpenner rpenner 9 years
i definitely would not have filed a complaint. i'd have had a good laugh when i noticed and i would have just not used them for my child. i'd have gone out and bought a couple more and had a good time with them with friends.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
For the people saying she should have looked at them before she bought them: this story reads like the set was made up of all kinds of shapes and that only two of them looked similar to a penis. The lady says: "“There are two of them that are shaped like the male private area,” said Bailey. “I called Wal-Mart and they very rude with me about it. They acted like I was lying, like I was making it all up. You know, I would never make something up like that, especially about my little girl. But, that's just how they treated me and it’s just not right.”" As far as what I think: I can see that they look like a penis, but I don't think I'd have a problem with my kids having them. We (as adults) make it 'dirty'.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Why complain to Wal-mart? Where they the makers of this particular straw? I think if I noticed a penis-shaped straw that my child was drinking out of, I wouldn't complain. I'd just do something else with the straws and buy my kid some new ones. I'm sure that a 3-year-old didn't make the connection like us dirty adults. ;)
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I guess the only place to sip on this (lol) is at a party...
bbkf bbkf 9 years
She should have looked at them before she bought them! Geesh.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
Well, this is the kind of thing I'd expect to see at a sex toy shop, not WalMart. I probably wouldn't want my kid to see this while shopping, but on the other hand, it's going to see crazier things that a penis straw during the course of the day. I just think this woman's dumb for not realizing the straws were penises before she brought them home...
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
its not like the three year old is going to go out and have sex now
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I thought it was a bell.
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