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Odd Shaped Straws: Kid Friendly or Are You Kidding?

Do these fun straws throw you for a loop? Kentucky mother, Andrea Bailey was beyond bothered when the box of straws she bought for her 3-year-old daughter, Ashlynn contained some that resembled penises.

She told her local news station, WSAZ:

“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.”

Though Wal-Mart pulled the product from its shelves and offered the mom a refund, she said it's not about the money, but she wants to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

Do you agree with this mama's stance or think she's overreacting?

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Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
As Smoochy would say "It's a... rocket ship!" That mom needs to relax!
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
All I could see was male parts! Terrible
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
And don't most straws come in clear packages anyway? Of course they DO, they ALWAYS have people. And this lady knew it. She saw an opportunity to put Walmart out there in the news for something that was NOT really bad. She probably wants more than just a refund when it comes to money. Next she'll say that her child saw it and now needs therapy, in which Walmart now needs to pay her a few thousand up front for. Again, give me, give most of us a serious break with this joke. Again, those straws came in CLEAR packaging, therefore she could have left them at the store where she saw them, IF she really wanted too.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
"I hope no one makes a straw with a large circle and smaller one inside of it because that mom might say it's a boob." :ROTFL: Now that was too funny acaladoobie :) and so true. That woman just wanted to have 15 minutes of fame in more than just her local newspaper. Give me a break.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
it's a straw!!! :rotfl: this lady went a lil overboard in my opinion....
acaladoobie acaladoobie 9 years
That is the most simplified looking penis I've ever seen. I hope no one makes a straw with a large circle and smaller one inside of it because that mom might say it's a boob. Some people have too much time on their hands.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
:ROTFL: nettefairy!!!
nettefairy nettefairy 9 years
I must be the next level of perverted because I was trying to make out a vagina on the other one! o_O
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I thought it looked like a rocket ship too. And what's the big deal?? Kids don't see certain body parts as sexual like adults do, just as merely body parts. And why couldn't she just take them away and throw them out. So she was out a couple bucks. Get a life lady.
a-lifetime-ago a-lifetime-ago 9 years
Perception is unique to the individual, and this one's a classic Victorian. Wonder how she feels when her kid eats a banana?
gigi_s gigi_s 9 years
If I had seen that straw, I would have never thought it was dirty. Looks more like a bell.
Neural Neural 9 years
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
I love the woman's reaction "I want to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else".... huh? I guess my level of outrage is directed at other injustices in this world :) Sure, once you point it out it looks like a penis but like others have pointed out... this woman's reaction is a wee bit over the top Love Too_Posh and JessieM's posts!!
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
I didn't even notice till someone said it looked like a p****. You people have dirty minds:). I'm really surprised I didn't notice.
RaCheer RaCheer 9 years
I voted before I read the article. I thought they looked like bells too. Now ya'll have my head in the gutter...haha. I agree with kimdangirl...they DO look like bachelorette party straws!
babysugar babysugar 9 years
If you don't like them, don't buy them. I think it's just something you shrug off. Not a big deal. I'm SURE the kids didn't notice at all.
justamy justamy 9 years
I can see were the mom is coming from. But it looks like a rocket to me. That is what first popped into my head.
sofi sofi 9 years
Too_Posh :ROTFL: with your '"people are too bent out of shape over this"! Love it. Yeah, lighten up mom- just take them away from your kid. My mind wouldn't have even gone there if she hadn't pointed it out. Yeah, if I realized what this looked like I would probably first be mortified about my daughter drinking from it then have a good laugh with my husband and TOSS them.
techkim techkim 9 years
Bell to me also. I was like which one is the penis???
Akpril Akpril 9 years
I see the penis shape. And I would totally throw it away- not because I didn't want my daughter to have it, but because it would totally disturb me to see my daughter sucking on it. Who calls Walmart and asks them to recall an item because they didn't like it?
vinnie vinnie 9 years
you know, a young child would think it looks like a rocket ship, but it would make all the adults in the room uncomfortable.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
You've got to be kidding me. It is straw and frankly looks nothing like what the mother claims it is. Like most other posters, I see a bell. I doubt the child noticed what it was and if you are so offended by what your mind thinks it looks like then why make a big deal about it. Now kids can definitely know what it looks like. Ridiculous.
Too_Posh Too_Posh 9 years
If people are so bent out of shape over a twisty straw maybe being shaped like a Penis why don't we get rid of anything else that could be phallic, " Sorry France, but the Eiffel Tower is phallic so you're going to have to get rid of it, oh and any tall buildings are going to have to go, because I'm afraid looking at it will pervert my children." My goodness, I think people are looking for an excuse to complain about something.
Advah Advah 9 years
Looks like a pear to me, until I read the quote I didn't understand what it was all about. You can twist almost any simple shape into something 'not kid appropriate', there was no need to make a fuss about it imo.
Hmorris Hmorris 9 years
My first reaction? Oh I remember those straws! But when I saw the gripe about them, I looked closer and saw the odd shape. Yeah they do look like male genitalia, but unless your kid sees the resemblance too...leave it be. Not a big deal. There are phallic symbols everywhere!
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