Sephora shopper and makeup artist Brittney Nelson entered a Sephora location in Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday night and witnessed an atrocity — over a thousand dollars worth Make Up For Ever eyeshadow testers had been destroyed.
Brittney decided to snap a few pics for Facebook, along with a message urging parents to leave their kids at home next time they go shopping.
As you can imagine, the post has gone viral with thousands of ‘not my child’ comments placing blame on the kid’s parents.
Parents who not only bring their kids on inappropriate outings but let them run rampant are the worst…look at this, $1300 worth of MUF destroyed by an unattended child a Sephora.???????????? pic.twitter.com/za7B60ocjY
— ???? (@sharplikeafox) November 14, 2017
I have 3 small kids. Whenever I go anywhere with them, every two minutes (max!!) I’m doing a head count. That woman whose child ruined the Sephora display is careless & self-absorbed. It’s my job to make sure my kids aren’t destroying store property. Period.
— Belinda (@belindalaurie) November 15, 2017
@Sephora This is not okay, as if it isn't hard enough for a mom to be out in public with her young kids 1) the employees didn't SEE who did this 2) that's a good 4ft up unless this 2yo is the size of a 10yo I doubt it was a "young child."
— Leah Marie Griffin (@lgriffin9211) November 14, 2017
I’ve taken my kid many a time with me makeup shopping. The parent in this case was not looking after the kid. Plus, all those employees Sephora have in the store, you’re telling me they turned a blind eye to the kid doing this?
— Mari_Shala???????? (@Una_Bella_Donna) November 15, 2017
I brought my six year old cousin into a Sephora with me. She just tried on the makeup like a normal person :/
Maybe it's more about letting children know that things are not to be destroyed https://t.co/eg6JLoAcCn
— mangu mami (@Gabba_Oddviedo) November 15, 2017
via The Insider:
Nelson claims in the post that the display was destroyed by a “small child,” though she admits that she never actually saw the child do it.
“We walked in right as a lady and her kid were hustling out of there,” Nelson told INSIDER. “The glittery footprints helped us decipher it was a tiny human.”
Although she was shocked at the sight of it, she says the Sephora employees couldn’t have handled the situation any better. “In no time flat they calmed down their panic-mode faces, brought out a cart, whisked away that display, cleaned up the remainder and the floor,” Nelson said.
Some people seemed to agree that it was the handiwork of a curious “tiny human,” and quickly shared their opinions on the matter. Others weren’t pleased by the post, claiming that asking parents to leave their children at home while shopping could be considered a form of “mom-shaming.”
The reaction so far has been a total shock to Nelson, but she’s not letting any negativity get her down.
“I woke up to the internet mob of insanity because of my one cranky post,” Nelson told us. “I honestly don’t think I said anything 99% of people don’t think anyway so I’m not that devastated by the hurricane of it.”
The post has certainly sparked an interesting discussion around parenting and whether it’s OK to bring small children into a store with expensive items. However, Nelson wants to make it clear that she is “not mom-shaming or kid hating in the least,” although this kind of incident is something she’s seen often while working in retail.
“I’ve seen messed up testers a gazillion times throughout the years from tiny humans,” she told INSIDER.
And if she ever sees a child acting recklessly in a store, she won’t be afraid to step in. “If I do see a kid doing that in a store I will just offer to help the mom out,” she said. “That’s what us moms do!”
Check out the full original Facebook post below.