Ky. mom says Fun Straws look like male sex organs

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A mother says the straws she bought for her three-year-old daughter were shaped like a male sex organ.

Andrea Bailey says she went shopping at the Ashland Wal-Mart on Thursday, February 28th, and bought a package of fun straws for her three 3-year-old daughter, Ashlynn.

Bailey says Ashlynn came in and used one shaped like a heart. A couple others in the package, though, were shaped like something different.

“There are two of them that are shaped like the male private area,” said Bailey. “I called Wal-Mart and they very rude with me about it. They acted like I was lying, like I was making it all up. You know, I would never make something up like that, especially about my little girl. But, that's just how they treated me and it’s just not right.”

A communications representative at Wal-Mart corporate headquarters e-mailed us a response.

"At Wal-Mart we take customer questions and concerns seriously,” said the spokesperson in a statement. “After being contacted on this matter, Wal-Mart pulled the product in question from our shelves and is investigating the claim. Of course, our customer is welcome to return the item for a refund, if they would like."

Andrea Bailey says her concern is not the $1.69 she paid for the straws, but what might happen to other families with kids a little older than Ashlynn.

We searched at three other Wal-Mart stories in three different states last week, and found no fun straws on any shelves.

A Wal-Mart corporate communications spokesperson told us the regional stores were aware of the flap, and Wal-Mart was reviewing the product.

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  • by Donald Location: New York on Mar 14, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    I think the woman needs to get her mind out of the gutter.
  • by brenda Location: middle tn on Mar 14, 2008 at 09:07 AM
    it would never occur to me that these look like anything but straws!!!
  • by Lisa Location: Charlotte, NC on Mar 13, 2008 at 08:12 PM
    I bought the same crazy straws about 3-4 weeks ago at Wal-Mart in Mooresville, NC!
  • by PHYLLIS Location: Texas on Mar 13, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    I wouldn't want my children or grand children to drink something with them. I agree, they do look like a cartoon version of male private parts. Disgusting to see children innocently drinking from them.
  • by Nancy Location: Knoxville on Mar 13, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    If she thinks the straws look like male sex organs, she evidently never saw her husband in the light. And if she did, then he needs to see a doctor. Personally, I think she needs the doctor. A mental doctor.
  • by don't ask for the name, ok Location: somewhere on Mar 13, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    Yes, it look like a male's organ. I guess WalMart is going have to get other people's opinion before they put it on the selves. Just like the election poll.
  • by todd Location: knoxville on Mar 13, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    if those are male sex organs then i am in big trouble LOL
  • by shirley Location: maryville on Mar 13, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    With all the things to worry about in this world this is one of those "your kidding right" things! Where is this woman's mind at? I saw a bell first.
  • by Brandi Location: Crossville, TN on Mar 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    I guess that you could say that it does, never would have thought that, had it not been mentioned. I think they make a cute space shuttle, hat....FUN STRAW!!! My 3 year old told me "cute hat" when she saw it on the site. This woman needs a life!
  • by Amanda Location: Clinton, Tn on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:31 PM
    I totally agree with everyone here. I have 3 kids, and have stuff like that. That woman obviously has a sex problem. She's CRAZYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

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