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WELLINGTON, Fla. — A sign at a popular department store is causing quite a stir as we approach the holiday season.

A sign that reads “Dear Santa, this year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks,” was spotted in the girls’ section of the Dillard’s store at the Mall at Wellington Green last Friday night.

A mother of three spotted the sign while shopping with her kids. She posted it on her Facebook page and since then it’s been shared nearly 400 times.

“It’s kinda funny because a woman who wants to wish for that should make it happen for herself,” says Sally Stewart. She was shocked to hear about the incident. “What would a little girl want with a bank account? It gives the wrong message about having a slim body. That’s not the message we want to give our kids,” Stewart says.

Dolores Oh and her 20-year-old daughter Kaylee were also disappointed to hear about the sign.

Both Dolores and Kaylee say they saw the picture on social media. “How you look isn’t the most important thing. Just to be healthy is more important,” Dolores says.

“It makes me think that I should be very very focused on how I look and I should want to be thinner than I am and have more money than I do,” Kaylee adds.

Dr. Rachel Needle, a clinical psychiatrist, says the sign shames people of all ages. But she says kids are especially vulnerable when it comes to interpreting messages from the media.

She says the incident should prompt a conversation between adults and children. “Parents, teachers need to begin to talk to kids about body image and body satisfaction. They need to be careful about how they talk to themselves because children pick up on the way we talk to ourselves about our own bodies and that as a society the three letter “f word” needs to be removed from our vocabulary completely.”

Employees from Dillard’s say the sign was never meant to be placed in the girls’ section. The sign has since been removed and Dillard’s has now directed all stores to completely remove the sign from the sales floor.

5 comments

  • Ron Melancon

    Oh give it a rest already. It was most likely ment to be funny tounge in cheek… Today Benny Hill would not be able to do a show with all this political correctness no sence

  • Bob D

    Oh my Lordy, if only Mohammed would see what we are doing for CHRISTmas this year. All I know is I will stay away from “those” people and definitely not fill up on food this holiday season because otherwise I will just be fat like the average dumb American. I tried to get as many anti-PC sentiments in there as I could.

  • Robbie

    Christmas is coming this January when the Republicans take over and cut taxes, reduce the deficit, seal the borders, wipe out Isis, repeal Obama care, come out with their own imaginary health care, send home the illegal immigrants and provide jobs for every man, woman and child that wants one. Yes sir, happy days are here again. I can’t wait!

  • Rebekah

    The store shouldn’t apologize for a sign being put in the girls section. People need to stop being so uptight and not take everything seriously!

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