When Brittney Nelson walked into her local Sephora store in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday evening, she couldn’t believe her eyes. A display case that featured about $1,300 worth of eyeshadow testers was completed destroyed — the work of a child, Nelson believes.
She took a photo of the mess and shared it on Facebook with one clear message: shop for makeup without the kids to avoid potential messes. With over 16,000+ comments on her Facebook post alone, social media was divided: Who’s really to blame — the adult or the child? Should a parent bring a child into a store with expensive items to begin with? Or should a Sephora employee have stepped in and stopped the child from making the mess?
“PSA,” Nelson began her post. “$1,300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child. I’m sure he/she thought they were like finger paints and had no idea how naughty they were being.”
“Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are a not a happy place to be,” Nelson continued. “Mamas, please shop for your makeup without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you…or them…or the expensive product.”
Nelson said that not only did she and her friend nearly pass out when they saw the “atrocity,” she used to make her own daughter keep her hands in her pockets as a “strict 10-minute rule” whenever they entered makeup stores when she was a child.
“It was very helpful, so if you must take your kiddos makeup-shopping I suggest trying it,” she concluded, noting that the “massive demolished palette” makes her sad. “It looked 100 times worse in real life and I don’t work for Sephora. I was just walking in as the mom/kid were hustling out of there.”
In an interview with The Insider, Nelson said that the “glittery footprints” helped them decipher it was a child who was responsible for the mess. Thankfully, the Sephora employees handled the situation like pros.
“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.
The post generated a heated debate — some considered it mom shaming, while others said parents shouldn’t let their little children run wild in a store.
“Wow people need to start teaching their kids to behave,” Brenna commented on Facebook. “Like that is unacceptable. And everyone saying it’s just make up, would you be saying the same thing if the kid had knocked over 100 mannequins? Or a display in a grocery store? It’s negligence on the parent’s part 100 per cent. You can’t expect employees and strangers to baby sit YOUR kid when you go shopping.”
“It’s not about the makeup itself, it’s about the principle of the matter,” said Houston. “The level of discipline a parent needs to take when bringing their children into stores like Sephora needs to be better. Teach your kids it’s not OK to touch things that don’t belong to them. Don’t just let them do whatever they want because they want to act up.”
However, others called the post “ignorant.”
“This is not OK” tweeted @lgriffin9211. “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 4 feet up unless this 2 year old is the size of a 10 year old I doubt it was a ‘young child.’ #stopmomshaming #ignorant.”
@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
What do you think — should parents leave their kids at home when they visit a store with makeup or expensive items? or is this simply a form of parent-shaming?