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Mum Goes Shopping, Gets Accused of Having a Fake Baby and Stealing Yoghurts

A new mum is sharing her hilarious shopping fail after being shamed to the extreme at her local grocery store. We’ve all most likely had our fair share of checkout f*ck-ups, especially in our new mum sleep-deprived haze, but this one takes the cake.

Mother of two, Patricia Larkin, wrote all about her hellish/hilarious checkout experience with Love What Matters and we couldn’t help but share it with you.

The whole situation had us laughing out loud. Could you even imagine being accused of this??

Here’s how it went down.

A newborn, a toddler and a trolley full of food

One sunny day, Patricia and her two girls ducked into the shops to pick up a few things. Patricia had her newborn daughter, Ellie in a ring sling and her toddler in the shopping trolley. Her toddler daughter, Rose, asked for yoghurt so she headed to the dairy cooler to get one.

As I turned the cart to go back to the dairy cooler, a woman remarked to me something to the effect of, ‘Wow, I don’t know how you’re handling that!’ I laughed it off, saying, ‘That’s mum life for ya!’ and carried on,” Patricia explains.

As Patricia headed to the checkout, she noticed the yoghurt aisle woman was in front of her. She didn’t think anything of it but carried on attempting to get everything unloaded while her toddler daughter tried to “help”.

Your baby is fake

When it was her turn to go through, the checkout lady stopped her.

‘So,’ she said with a bemused look, ‘I don’t want to stir up any drama, but the woman ahead of you says your baby is fake and you were stealing yogurts.”‘

fake baby ellie
A woman at the shops accused adorable baby Ellie of being “fake”. Source: Love What Matters

Like any sane person, Patricia wasn’t exactly sure what to do with that. She simply stared at the cashier, who quickly added, “But obviously your baby is definitely real!”

Patricia trotted off with her non-fake baby and non-yogurt-stealing toddler to process what just happened. She laughed it off but later headed to her local Facebook township page to share a message with the checkout accuser, in case she followed the page and saw her post.

‘To the person who told the cashier I had a fake baby and was trying to smuggle yoghurts’

1) My baby is 100% real.

2) Yogurts are like $.25 

3) I’m lactose intolerant and don’t consume any dairy at all.

Thank you for the laugh, though. I really needed it because I was up all night tending to my (again, 100% real) baby.”

She continues,

To the strangers that see a parent with their hands full in a store: Tell them they’re doing a great job, that they’re a good parent. Give them a thumbs up, or even just smile at them. If you feel they’re really struggling, maybe even offer a helping hand.”

And, whatever you do, don’t accuse them of having a fake baby.

Kudos to Patricia for keeping her cool, even with little to no sleep and while juggling a newborn, toddler, and a trolley full of groceries. I probably would have thrown a yoghurt at her. Which I had paid for. Obviously.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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  1. Avatar of Blossom

    I offered to help a Mum in one of the aisles one day when it was obvious her toddler was tired and grizzly. The shelf she was trying to reach is high, even for me and I am tall with long arms. Another customer told me to mind my own business. I was so shocked I didn’t respond. On a few occasions I have helped Mums put items onto the checkouts. It doesn’t hurt to give people some help. That nasty woman may need help in the future and will possibly demand it.

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