Never judge a toy by its packaging. This is a lesson Nicole Allen learned the hard way when she bought a toy magic wand for her young daughter at a dollar store in the town of Kettering, Ohio, where the family lives.
SF Globe News notes, the toy was “supposed to play music and invoke happy thoughts”:
The packaging, covered in brightly colored swirls and a fairy, doesn’t indicate what’s being hidden. When Nicole peeled back the foil on this wand-like item, she was in for a real surprise. There was no fairy or unicorn. Instead, there was a disturbing image of a young girl hurting herself.
According to a WHIO news video, Allen tells reporters that the image showed a child slitting her wrists.
A mortified Allen returned to the store to read the riot act to the proprietor, Amar Moustafa, who replied in essence caveat emptor, telling her that “parents ought to be more cautious when picking out items for their children.”
Allen has since mounted a crusade to get the nightmarish toy banished from store shelves.