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in thinking I can't gift this?

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bananasinpyjamas18 Fri 01-Mar-19 14:21:00

My 4yo DD has been invited to a birthday party of a boy who goes to her nursery. I went shopping today to find a gift. Picked up a Mickey Mouse Police station in home bargains. £6.99 bargain. I've just realised it's so inapppropriate. His dad has just this week been given a suspended prison sentence. I can not gift this present can I? Even if the boy has no idea his family obviously do. It's been in the local newspapers so it's a pretty well known situation. I genuinely never put 2 and 2 together until now!

Tomtontom Fri 01-Mar-19 14:22:08

Lovely gift in normal circumstances, but definitely not in this case!

Readytogogogo Fri 01-Mar-19 14:22:14

Oh dear! You really can't...

Gruzinkerbell1 Fri 01-Mar-19 14:22:24

What was the suspended sentence for?

completely misses point of thread

sagradafamiliar Fri 01-Mar-19 14:22:27

I wouldn't 😬

NotTheFordType Fri 01-Mar-19 14:23:44

Oh crap. No you can't. The mum will think you're deliberately taking the piss.

Have you got the receipt?

Etino Fri 01-Mar-19 14:24:39

grin sorry!

Alsohuman Fri 01-Mar-19 14:25:09

No, you can’t. Into the present drawer and back to the drawing board.

EssentialHummus Fri 01-Mar-19 14:31:53

No! Thank god you realised before. Honestly - colouring pencils, a bubble machine, a Mr Men book, anything else...

bananasinpyjamas18 Fri 01-Mar-19 14:34:04

Looks like another trip into town. I was debating between 3 different Mickey Mouse toys. Trust I would pick the only one that was completely inappropriate blush

Hahaha88 Fri 01-Mar-19 14:43:50

Are the child's parents still together? And what was the crime? I know this isn't the point of the post but is it just me who would be questioning whether I wanted my child involved with theirs depending on the answer to these questions? hmm

Playmytune Fri 01-Mar-19 15:21:18

@Hahaha88* ” is it just me who would be questioning whether I wanted my child involved with theirs”!!

Nothing like blaming a child for their parent’s actions! Maybe you feel the child should be segregated from the other children at nursery, just in case he tries to get them to carry out criminal activities, after all he shouldn’t be allowed to be in the same room as the children with ”good parents”, should he??”
With attitudes like yours I am sure there would be far more chance of this poor child (who has lost a parent, through no fault of his own), feeling guilty and hitting out at the world! There’s nothing like kicking someone while they are down. Perhaps you think the op should ask the nursery to ban him, you know “Sins of the Father” etc.
Hopefully the nursery parents are not as mean, vindictive and nasty as you!

PuzzlingPuzzle Fri 01-Mar-19 15:24:25

Oh no! At least you realised ahead of time. Buy something else and stick this toy in a cupboard and gift it at the next party where the parents don’t have any legal woes.

Purpleartichoke Fri 01-Mar-19 15:25:53

Save it for a different party and pick something else for this child.

bananasinpyjamas18 Sat 02-Mar-19 01:28:04

@Hahaha88 The childs parents are still together. I don't want to go into detail as it may be outing but it was a non-violent crime, with the only 'victim' being a multi-million pound company. It's not a party for the dad. It's just a little boy inviting his school friends, there is no reason at all to not attend.

WhenISnappedAndFarted Sat 02-Mar-19 01:33:42

@Hahaha88 It's not the child's fault.

My DP's brother was sent to prison for ABH when he was achild and lost all of his friends and was no longer allowed to see any of them. It affected him badly and had nothing to do with him.

OP, you definitely can't give him that however it was very good you put two and two together before the party.

IncrediblySadToo Sat 02-Mar-19 01:59:56

* I know this isn't the point of the post but is it just me who would be questioning whether I wanted my child involved with theirs depending on the answer to these questions?*

Yep. Just you.

Thankfully the rest of us realise the six year old most likely wasn’t part of a double act 🙄

It’s a birthday party, I doubt he’s going to o be teaching them all how to steal the Crown Jewels. FFS

YouBumder Sat 02-Mar-19 02:01:40

Oh dear! It’s a no from here too. Thank goodness you twigged in time

BartonHollow Sat 02-Mar-19 02:02:03

Is that you Hopkins ?

Gone4Good Sat 02-Mar-19 02:06:05

His dad just might see the humor in it, but maybe not.

Many years ago I was buying a card for a woman I knew who two sons and some other relatives were drowned at sea in a tragic boating accident. At the check-out I realized the card had a picture of the ocean on the front so I quickly put it back and picked another without a nautical theme.

LittlePaintBox Sat 02-Mar-19 02:14:26

I shouldn't think the police are their favourite people at the moment, so it's probablt better to put the Mickey Mouse police in the spare presents box and get something less controversial.

StoppinBy Sat 02-Mar-19 02:35:26

I have to admit I found that funnier than I probably should have grin

Best to tuck that one away for another child I think.

Stompythedinosaur Sat 02-Mar-19 04:28:06

I agree you need something else. At least you realised before you were at the party handing it over!

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