Toy story is no child’s play
A Tokoroa mother is shocked at the aggressive messages she has received from complete strangers following a complaint on Mcdonald’s Restaurant Facebook page.
On the weekend Imogene Burgess posted on the Facebook page asking why staff had asked for the gender of her child when she ordered a Happy Meal, She did not think the gender of her child should determine what sort of toy she got.
She posted ‘‘Let me tell you something about my daughter. She loves cars. And trucks. And bikes. And skateboards. And pretty much anything with wheels. LOVES them. I am constantly buying her matchbox cars to play with. I can guarantee if she was given the choice of a toy vehicle or a barbie doll, the vehicle would win 9 times out of 10.’’
While Mcdonalds has been sympathetic to her request and says it is reviewing the way it presents its toys, other members of the public have been quite unpleasant.
In the past three days the post has attracted 7900 reactions, including 3200 comments and private messages to her own Facebook page, where she had shared the message.
‘‘I saw a comment where someone said I should be euthanized.’’
Another person sent her a private message ’’telling me I’m an idiot, that I’m stupid, and that I’m a stupid attention seeking whore.’’
She said she was actually genuinely curious as to what Mcdonald’s stance on the issue was.
‘‘The way that toys are gender stereotyped and separated, this is for girls to play with and this is for boys to play with, can be harmful for the development for children.’’
Burgess said doesn’t think it was fair and she ‘‘genuinely thought we were past that whole segregating the toys like that, and that’s why I was surprised they were still asking that question.
‘‘If I was sitting in a restaurant having this conversation with the manager, people wouldn’t be cutting in saying that I should be euthanised. That just doesn’t happen.’’
She said Facebook is the easiest way to connect with companies, and she didn’t think that it would go viral. She did get some supportive comments from strangers as well.
‘‘I honestly thought that I would be ignored.’’
The Mcdonalds toy that outraged a nation for all sorts of reasons.