Found in a girl’s swim aid
Little Esther 5, escapes serious harm in pool
A horrified mum says her daughter is lucky not to have been stabbed to death when a huge pair of industrial scissors were found inside her swim vest.
Little Esther Livingstone (5) was wearing the swim aid in a hotel pool when she complained that something was ‘rubbing against her’.
When mum Tracy of Dryburgh Avenue, Rutherglen, fished Esther out of the pool she was shocked when a pair of cutters fell out of the section containing the float aids.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said mum-of-two Tracy.
“I was truly shocked when this huge pair of cutters with really sharp points landed on the floor at our feet.
“My first thought was that it was a miracle she hadn’t been pierced through the chest cavity – she really could have died if the blades had cut her at all.”
The family had been having an overnight treat away at the Gleddoch Hotel in Langbank but the incident spoiled their enjoyment.
“Our special night was ruined and Esther kept saying ‘will the naughty man who put them there get into trouble?’”
Tracy (42), believes the scissors had been left in the vest during the production process in China.
She bought the swim aid for Calderwood Primary pupil Esther from Home Bargains store in Rutherglen Shopping Centre.
“I phoned them next day and was told to bring the cutters and vest back to the store and I would get a refund,” added Tracy.
“I phoned again on Monday and was told the same thing.
“At no point did anyone from the company offer an apology or inquire how Esther was doing.”
But Tracy has not returned the items and has placed the issue in the hands of her solicitor.
“They are going to pursue the company on the grounds of health and safety,” she added.
Tracy also says that South Lanarkshire Council trading standards officers want to check out the vest to see what action, if any, needs to be taken.
She warned that people should be extra vigilant when buying things from discount stores.
“Check things carefully,” she said.
“It may be that they are cheap for a reason.”
Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “We’re currently reviewing Ms Livingstone’s complaint and are taking steps to find out how this incident has occurred.
“As a family-owned and familyrun retailer, we take all customer complaints personally and do our utmost to deal with them professionally and promptly.”
Shirley Clelland, head of Fleet and Environmental Services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Trading Standards received an inquiry yesterday on this matter and officers will be liasing with Mrs Livingstone.”
They (solicitors) are going to pursue the company on health and safety grounds
Cut adrift This picture scissors shows the size of the in relation to the swim
Scissor shock Little Esther Livingstone (5), had a lucky escape after cutters were found in her swim vest
Cutting edge The inside industrial scissors found
Esther’s swim vest