PICTURED: Bexley toddler 'stabbed in leg' by shop security pin left in trousers

PICTURED: Bexley toddler 'stabbed in leg' by shop security pin left in trousers

Emma Lipscombe, 38, of Martens Avenue, Bexleyheath was shocked to find the shop security tag still in the pocket of the trousers which scratched her son.

Arthur was left with a severe mark on his leg after his mum calmed him down.

The pin which was left in the trousers from H&M in Bexleyheath.

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A MOTHER has spoken of the moment her 19-month-old son screamed out in pain after she tried to put him into a pair of trousers which still had the shop security pin hidden in the pocket.

Emma Lipscombe, 38, of Martens Avenue, Bexleyheath, had purchased the trousers for Arthur from H&M in the town and was trying to get him ready and rush her other children to school when the incident happened.

The security pin, which should have been removed by the shop assistant when the item was purchased, drew blood from Arthur's leg and he was left with a large scratch.

Mrs Lipscombe told News Shopper: "I didn't think there could be anything in the trousers which could have hurt Arthur.

"When I was trying to put the trousers on he was silent for a moment and then he started screaming and threw himself on the floor.

"I picked him up and he was trying to pull the trousers off and as I touched the pocket I felt something hard and instantly I took the trousers down and noticed the security pin in the pocket.

"It had stabbed and scratched his leg.

"I managed to calm him down and put a cold flannel on the wound to soak up the blood and help the redness."

Mrs Lipscombe said she went to the store in the Broadway to talk to the shop manager and she said they were "very apologetic" and explained the security pin was to deter shoplifters.

She has been given a £100 H&M voucher as compensation for the incident.

The mother-of-six added: "If I had known this was common practice I would have checked the pockets myself but you just think it has been done for you in the shop.

"I want other mums to be aware that this is happening and I don't want it to happen to another baby and mother."

A letter from Laura Waskett at H&M was sent on February 4 and the company admitted they had let Mrs Lipscombe down.

It said: "I would like to sincerely apologise for the cut to Arthur's leg and we hope he is feeling much better.

"We accept we should have got in contact with you earlier and I am very sorry for the further delay and upset this caused you."

The incident was followed up with the store manager and area manager and the staff will be retrained to 'reiterate checking for pins at the point of sale'.

A spokesman for H&M added: "We have dealt with the customer directly and they are as happy as they could be with the outcome.

"It was a terrible incident and all our safety measures were outlined in the letter we sent the customer."

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8:16am Tue 25 Feb 14

patwoodhouse says...

Good grief - it's just a scratch, hardly worth running to the press about. And what an awful example of victim-playing to set to a child. Very poor parenting.
Good grief - it's just a scratch, hardly worth running to the press about. And what an awful example of victim-playing to set to a child. Very poor parenting. patwoodhouse
  • Score: -18

9:27am Tue 25 Feb 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Least the kid has the intelligence to look at the camera.
Least the kid has the intelligence to look at the camera. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 0

9:36am Tue 25 Feb 14

the wall says...

patwoodhouse wrote:
Good grief - it's just a scratch, hardly worth running to the press about. And what an awful example of victim-playing to set to a child. Very poor parenting.
This ^
[quote][p][bold]patwoodhouse[/bold] wrote: Good grief - it's just a scratch, hardly worth running to the press about. And what an awful example of victim-playing to set to a child. Very poor parenting.[/p][/quote]This ^ the wall
  • Score: -70

9:42am Tue 25 Feb 14

concerned.erith says...

I check everyithing I buy for pins and the plastic tags they use for the price labels. Not rockect science!
I check everyithing I buy for pins and the plastic tags they use for the price labels. Not rockect science! concerned.erith
  • Score: 31

9:42am Tue 25 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Alot of fuss over nothing but it got her £100 voucher and a huge grovelling and unnecessary apology didn't it? Honestly, some people go tittle tattling to the press over the least little incident. I suppose she thought this would get her even more compo out of the situation by'bringing it to people's attention' through n.s. For heavens sake, it was a scratch, get over it.
Alot of fuss over nothing but it got her £100 voucher and a huge grovelling and unnecessary apology didn't it? Honestly, some people go tittle tattling to the press over the least little incident. I suppose she thought this would get her even more compo out of the situation by'bringing it to people's attention' through n.s. For heavens sake, it was a scratch, get over it. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 3

10:04am Tue 25 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

Company's care for their fake money than any human baby.
Company's care for their fake money than any human baby. white rabbit9
  • Score: 27

10:39am Tue 25 Feb 14

bubbles2711 says...

As someone that knows her personally I can tell you now she is not doing this for compensation she is actually doing this to make parents more aware. I can honestly say I have never ever thought about checking the pockets of my children's clothes and can only wonder how many of you that have commented actually have kids yourselves. Bearing in mind it wasn't just a scratch - it is made out like that but can you not imagine the despair that she went through as a mother when a sharp pin not only scratched but went in enough way to possibly scar her baby that can't tell her what is wrong can only cry and throw himself on floor in agony! Might only be a scratch to you but to a baby that is a lot of pain to go though not to mention how devastated his Mummy was at the fact she had just put the trousers on him and watch him go through it! I think a bit more understanding and empathy from readers wouldn't go amiss!
As someone that knows her personally I can tell you now she is not doing this for compensation she is actually doing this to make parents more aware. I can honestly say I have never ever thought about checking the pockets of my children's clothes and can only wonder how many of you that have commented actually have kids yourselves. Bearing in mind it wasn't just a scratch - it is made out like that but can you not imagine the despair that she went through as a mother when a sharp pin not only scratched but went in enough way to possibly scar her baby that can't tell her what is wrong can only cry and throw himself on floor in agony! Might only be a scratch to you but to a baby that is a lot of pain to go though not to mention how devastated his Mummy was at the fact she had just put the trousers on him and watch him go through it! I think a bit more understanding and empathy from readers wouldn't go amiss! bubbles2711
  • Score: 75

10:56am Tue 25 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

I wonder if she will do the decent thing and donate the 100 pound voucher to some children less well off than hers - those who have no parents let alone ones who can buy them nice new stuff from H&M... there are a lot of kids out there who are badly injured far worse than this, both physically and emotionally, but there is no 'reward/compensation
' for them.

One can only hope that Ms. Lipscombe can think of more than just herself here.
I wonder if she will do the decent thing and donate the 100 pound voucher to some children less well off than hers - those who have no parents let alone ones who can buy them nice new stuff from H&M... there are a lot of kids out there who are badly injured far worse than this, both physically and emotionally, but there is no 'reward/compensation ' for them. One can only hope that Ms. Lipscombe can think of more than just herself here. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 0

11:20am Tue 25 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

This seems to be the 'in' thing now, call up the Shopper with some triviality for a little attention seeking. That or call in to complain about some comments that you don't like.

Can we have a story that will offend me today please, I really do feel like being offended and having a good cry. I'm welling up already at the thought.
This seems to be the 'in' thing now, call up the Shopper with some triviality for a little attention seeking. That or call in to complain about some comments that you don't like. Can we have a story that will offend me today please, I really do feel like being offended and having a good cry. I'm welling up already at the thought. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -48

11:41am Tue 25 Feb 14

Phillip McCorey says...

Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries.

As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.
Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries. As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments. Phillip McCorey
  • Score: 83

11:48am Tue 25 Feb 14

white rabbit9 says...

That or call in to complain about some comments that you don't like.

You do that quite alot don't you.
That or call in to complain about some comments that you don't like. You do that quite alot don't you. white rabbit9
  • Score: 32

11:54am Tue 25 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Phillip McCorey wrote:
Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries.

As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.
What utter tosh - you accuse others of being judgemental when you yourself make bigger judgements on others - laughable.

My comment was nothing to do with H&M being expensive or otherwise. It was a comment on helping ones fellow man who is worse off than oneself. If you actually read my comment before putting your own biased spin on it you would understand that fact.

What is actually wrong with the world is that people think more of themselves than about others and then pretend otherwise - a point your comment clear proves.

The decent and honourable thing to do when given this sort of compensation is to pass it onto those less fortunate than oneself - that was my point and that alone.
[quote][p][bold]Phillip McCorey[/bold] wrote: Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries. As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh - you accuse others of being judgemental when you yourself make bigger judgements on others - laughable. My comment was nothing to do with H&M being expensive or otherwise. It was a comment on helping ones fellow man who is worse off than oneself. If you actually read my comment before putting your own biased spin on it you would understand that fact. What is actually wrong with the world is that people think more of themselves than about others and then pretend otherwise - a point your comment clear proves. The decent and honourable thing to do when given this sort of compensation is to pass it onto those less fortunate than oneself - that was my point and that alone. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -7

12:19pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Techvedic says...

Mrs. Lipscombe has got a good compensation. But was there no fault from her? Being a mother she should have checked the trouser well before pulling it on the infant. (Editor Techvedic)
Mrs. Lipscombe has got a good compensation. But was there no fault from her? Being a mother she should have checked the trouser well before pulling it on the infant. (Editor Techvedic) Techvedic
  • Score: -6

12:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

the wall says...

Phillip McCorey wrote:
Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries.

As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.
You're good irony.
[quote][p][bold]Phillip McCorey[/bold] wrote: Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries. As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.[/p][/quote]You're good irony. the wall
  • Score: -65

12:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Concerned Bexley says...

I am looking at a photo of a massive security pin not a drawing pin which you can see by its size in her hand.
This obviously stuck in the child, and then was scratched across his little leg when the trousers were pulled on and off him.
Perhaps we all should pop into a clothes shops and check one out for ourselves to see what anguish she and her child went through. Then make comments.
The lady clearly states that she is reporting it to the Newshopper to hopefully stop another child going through the same.
Good on H&M offering compensation because they recognised that an error of judgement had been made and good on the lady bringing it to our attention.
Well done Newshopper for printing this story.
I for one never realised that I could be possibly scarring a child by buying them new clothes because of this I will check any clothes I buy in the future
I am looking at a photo of a massive security pin not a drawing pin which you can see by its size in her hand. This obviously stuck in the child, and then was scratched across his little leg when the trousers were pulled on and off him. Perhaps we all should pop into a clothes shops and check one out for ourselves to see what anguish she and her child went through. Then make comments. The lady clearly states that she is reporting it to the Newshopper to hopefully stop another child going through the same. Good on H&M offering compensation because they recognised that an error of judgement had been made and good on the lady bringing it to our attention. Well done Newshopper for printing this story. I for one never realised that I could be possibly scarring a child by buying them new clothes because of this I will check any clothes I buy in the future Concerned Bexley
  • Score: 66

12:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Phillip McCorey says...

Dr. Nick wrote:
Phillip McCorey wrote:
Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries.

As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.
What utter tosh - you accuse others of being judgemental when you yourself make bigger judgements on others - laughable.

My comment was nothing to do with H&M being expensive or otherwise. It was a comment on helping ones fellow man who is worse off than oneself. If you actually read my comment before putting your own biased spin on it you would understand that fact.

What is actually wrong with the world is that people think more of themselves than about others and then pretend otherwise - a point your comment clear proves.

The decent and honourable thing to do when given this sort of compensation is to pass it onto those less fortunate than oneself - that was my point and that alone.
And how is you making assumptions about myself any different regards to pretending to care for others, just because my opinion differs from yours. For your information I donate to the London Air Ambulance and Marie Curie Cancer Care on a monthly basis as well as donate to the Salvation Army and Sands Stillbirth Charity so your comments just show that you cannot take criticism and make assumptions on others to justify your negativity. I accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, just don't attack others as their view doesn't match yours.
[quote][p][bold]Dr. Nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phillip McCorey[/bold] wrote: Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries. As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh - you accuse others of being judgemental when you yourself make bigger judgements on others - laughable. My comment was nothing to do with H&M being expensive or otherwise. It was a comment on helping ones fellow man who is worse off than oneself. If you actually read my comment before putting your own biased spin on it you would understand that fact. What is actually wrong with the world is that people think more of themselves than about others and then pretend otherwise - a point your comment clear proves. The decent and honourable thing to do when given this sort of compensation is to pass it onto those less fortunate than oneself - that was my point and that alone.[/p][/quote]And how is you making assumptions about myself any different regards to pretending to care for others, just because my opinion differs from yours. For your information I donate to the London Air Ambulance and Marie Curie Cancer Care on a monthly basis as well as donate to the Salvation Army and Sands Stillbirth Charity so your comments just show that you cannot take criticism and make assumptions on others to justify your negativity. I accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, just don't attack others as their view doesn't match yours. Phillip McCorey
  • Score: 55

12:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Citygirl83 says...

Thank you for bringing this to light, I would never think to check pockets on clothes for security tags, having worked in retail myself we were always told to put the either on the washing tag or a clothing seam. Kids pockets on clothing are so tiny, its the last palace you would expect something like this to be placed.
I hope your little boy is ok now, use a bit of bio oil on it and it should reduce any chance of a scar, I did that after my little boy moved while having his jabs done and consequently got a huge scratch on his leg.
Thank you for bringing this to light, I would never think to check pockets on clothes for security tags, having worked in retail myself we were always told to put the either on the washing tag or a clothing seam. Kids pockets on clothing are so tiny, its the last palace you would expect something like this to be placed. I hope your little boy is ok now, use a bit of bio oil on it and it should reduce any chance of a scar, I did that after my little boy moved while having his jabs done and consequently got a huge scratch on his leg. Citygirl83
  • Score: 52

1:01pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Phillip McCorey... A circular comment.

I was just explaining my comment regarding charity that was all. Anyhow I am just not interested.

Charity isn't charity if you feel the need to brag about it - it just becomes public self gratification.
Phillip McCorey... A circular comment. I was just explaining my comment regarding charity that was all. Anyhow I am just not interested. Charity isn't charity if you feel the need to brag about it - it just becomes public self gratification. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -29

1:05pm Tue 25 Feb 14

the wall says...

Phillip McCorey wrote:
Dr. Nick wrote:
Phillip McCorey wrote:
Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries.

As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.
What utter tosh - you accuse others of being judgemental when you yourself make bigger judgements on others - laughable.

My comment was nothing to do with H&M being expensive or otherwise. It was a comment on helping ones fellow man who is worse off than oneself. If you actually read my comment before putting your own biased spin on it you would understand that fact.

What is actually wrong with the world is that people think more of themselves than about others and then pretend otherwise - a point your comment clear proves.

The decent and honourable thing to do when given this sort of compensation is to pass it onto those less fortunate than oneself - that was my point and that alone.
And how is you making assumptions about myself any different regards to pretending to care for others, just because my opinion differs from yours. For your information I donate to the London Air Ambulance and Marie Curie Cancer Care on a monthly basis as well as donate to the Salvation Army and Sands Stillbirth Charity so your comments just show that you cannot take criticism and make assumptions on others to justify your negativity. I accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, just don't attack others as their view doesn't match yours.
Look at me everyone, I give lots of money to charity. I'm so great.
[quote][p][bold]Phillip McCorey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr. Nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phillip McCorey[/bold] wrote: Oh my god, going by the comments above you would think this woman had robbed a bank at gunpoint or actually done something wrong. It seems to me the only issue people have is that she was issued compensation. So you are telling me if your child was injured by something that should be routinely checked by staff at the tills you would just shrug it off and let it go? Give me a break. We don't even know if she asked for compensation in the first place, companies do that themselves when they are in the wrong. She even states she just wanted to make parents aware, so who are we to suggest otherwise? Most of these comments show everything that is wrong in this world, a person tries to be helpful to fellow parents and gets shot down for it. Maybe next time something similar happens they should just keep quiet whilst other children suffer similar injuries. As for the comment regarding H&M being some sort of high class clothing store for kids, outside of Primark or the supermarkets its probably the cheapest of the high street stores for kids clothes. Just because Dr Nick clearly doesn't shop there it automatically qualifies as expensive. More bitterness than the lemon isle in Sainsburys in these comments.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh - you accuse others of being judgemental when you yourself make bigger judgements on others - laughable. My comment was nothing to do with H&M being expensive or otherwise. It was a comment on helping ones fellow man who is worse off than oneself. If you actually read my comment before putting your own biased spin on it you would understand that fact. What is actually wrong with the world is that people think more of themselves than about others and then pretend otherwise - a point your comment clear proves. The decent and honourable thing to do when given this sort of compensation is to pass it onto those less fortunate than oneself - that was my point and that alone.[/p][/quote]And how is you making assumptions about myself any different regards to pretending to care for others, just because my opinion differs from yours. For your information I donate to the London Air Ambulance and Marie Curie Cancer Care on a monthly basis as well as donate to the Salvation Army and Sands Stillbirth Charity so your comments just show that you cannot take criticism and make assumptions on others to justify your negativity. I accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, just don't attack others as their view doesn't match yours.[/p][/quote]Look at me everyone, I give lots of money to charity. I'm so great. the wall
  • Score: -58

1:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Phillip McCorey says...

Dr. Nick wrote:
Phillip McCorey... A circular comment.

I was just explaining my comment regarding charity that was all. Anyhow I am just not interested.

Charity isn't charity if you feel the need to brag about it - it just becomes public self gratification.
I was only stating that your assumptions are wrong, I don't brag about it and to be honest outside of my family no one would have a clue that I donate to charities. But you carry on making assumptions to feel better about yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Dr. Nick[/bold] wrote: Phillip McCorey... A circular comment. I was just explaining my comment regarding charity that was all. Anyhow I am just not interested. Charity isn't charity if you feel the need to brag about it - it just becomes public self gratification.[/p][/quote]I was only stating that your assumptions are wrong, I don't brag about it and to be honest outside of my family no one would have a clue that I donate to charities. But you carry on making assumptions to feel better about yourself. Phillip McCorey
  • Score: 43

1:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Lol .. and now back to the topic of this thread...
Lol .. and now back to the topic of this thread... Dr. Nick
  • Score: 2

2:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

rojo174 says...

Dr. Nick wrote:
Lol .. and now back to the topic of this thread...
And we have only scratched the surface
[quote][p][bold]Dr. Nick[/bold] wrote: Lol .. and now back to the topic of this thread...[/p][/quote]And we have only scratched the surface rojo174
  • Score: 2

2:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

I'm interested to know just what Phillip McCorey's relationship is to Mrs Lipscombe, as he doth protest to hard me thinks.
I'm interested to know just what Phillip McCorey's relationship is to Mrs Lipscombe, as he doth protest to hard me thinks. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -33

2:53pm Tue 25 Feb 14

TroyMcClure says...

The story send a shiver down my spine, I will writing to my local MP demanding the wearing of trousers be banned. There are a lot less incidents of this sort of thing in Scotland where the vast majority of the population wear kilts.
The story send a shiver down my spine, I will writing to my local MP demanding the wearing of trousers be banned. There are a lot less incidents of this sort of thing in Scotland where the vast majority of the population wear kilts. TroyMcClure
  • Score: 13

4:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Kate1975 says...

who the hell do some of you think you are? I know this woman fairly well and this has nothing whatsoever to do with trying to squeeze compo out of this situation! Arthur was put at risk simple! What if the tag had been fitted poorly and hed managed to remove it and perhaps put it in his mouth? After all staff weren't even aware it was still attached and it was concealed so fitted incorrectly anyway! Unbelievable that some of you are accusing this woman of "bad parenting' simply for making the public aware that this could happen to their toddler, I for one will always be checking garments I buy for my kids now!
who the hell do some of you think you are? I know this woman fairly well and this has nothing whatsoever to do with trying to squeeze compo out of this situation! Arthur was put at risk simple! What if the tag had been fitted poorly and hed managed to remove it and perhaps put it in his mouth? After all staff weren't even aware it was still attached and it was concealed so fitted incorrectly anyway! Unbelievable that some of you are accusing this woman of "bad parenting' simply for making the public aware that this could happen to their toddler, I for one will always be checking garments I buy for my kids now! Kate1975
  • Score: 42

4:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Hold the front page Mumsnets on the case now.
Hold the front page Mumsnets on the case now. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -27

5:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

patwoodhouse wrote:
Good grief - it's just a scratch, hardly worth running to the press about. And what an awful example of victim-playing to set to a child. Very poor parenting.
That is the most vile comment that I have read here for a long time. A toddler has his leg cut through no fault of his own, and no fault of his mother, but through the fault of a retail store, and you come out with that?

Disgusting.
[quote][p][bold]patwoodhouse[/bold] wrote: Good grief - it's just a scratch, hardly worth running to the press about. And what an awful example of victim-playing to set to a child. Very poor parenting.[/p][/quote]That is the most vile comment that I have read here for a long time. A toddler has his leg cut through no fault of his own, and no fault of his mother, but through the fault of a retail store, and you come out with that? Disgusting. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 47

5:53pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bubbles2711 says...

Well said kate1975 xx
Well said kate1975 xx bubbles2711
  • Score: 26

5:55pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Fizzy says...

Not much of a security tag because it didn't set any alarms off ...
Not much of a security tag because it didn't set any alarms off ... Fizzy
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Donna_T says...

Poor Arfur I do hope he is OK.
Poor Arfur I do hope he is OK. Donna_T
  • Score: -37

7:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

bubbles2711 wrote:
As someone that knows her personally I can tell you now she is not doing this for compensation she is actually doing this to make parents more aware. I can honestly say I have never ever thought about checking the pockets of my children's clothes and can only wonder how many of you that have commented actually have kids yourselves. Bearing in mind it wasn't just a scratch - it is made out like that but can you not imagine the despair that she went through as a mother when a sharp pin not only scratched but went in enough way to possibly scar her baby that can't tell her what is wrong can only cry and throw himself on floor in agony! Might only be a scratch to you but to a baby that is a lot of pain to go though not to mention how devastated his Mummy was at the fact she had just put the trousers on him and watch him go through it! I think a bit more understanding and empathy from readers wouldn't go amiss!
Someone in the shop made a mistake by not removing the pin, baby got a scratch - I doubt he'll even remember it, and he'll be very lucky if he goes through life without any cuts or bruises. Simple fact of life

Shop have apologised & given £100 in compensation

So why go to the papers?

(15 minutes of fame?)
[quote][p][bold]bubbles2711[/bold] wrote: As someone that knows her personally I can tell you now she is not doing this for compensation she is actually doing this to make parents more aware. I can honestly say I have never ever thought about checking the pockets of my children's clothes and can only wonder how many of you that have commented actually have kids yourselves. Bearing in mind it wasn't just a scratch - it is made out like that but can you not imagine the despair that she went through as a mother when a sharp pin not only scratched but went in enough way to possibly scar her baby that can't tell her what is wrong can only cry and throw himself on floor in agony! Might only be a scratch to you but to a baby that is a lot of pain to go though not to mention how devastated his Mummy was at the fact she had just put the trousers on him and watch him go through it! I think a bit more understanding and empathy from readers wouldn't go amiss![/p][/quote]Someone in the shop made a mistake by not removing the pin, baby got a scratch - I doubt he'll even remember it, and he'll be very lucky if he goes through life without any cuts or bruises. Simple fact of life Shop have apologised & given £100 in compensation So why go to the papers? (15 minutes of fame?) Marty1979
  • Score: -36

7:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

cherithporter says...

Huh! I've never heard that you could get stabbed by a security pin in a shop.. You'd think staff were more careful in checking these sort of things but at least they've been given some training.

Hope you get better soon, young man.
Huh! I've never heard that you could get stabbed by a security pin in a shop.. You'd think staff were more careful in checking these sort of things but at least they've been given some training. Hope you get better soon, young man. cherithporter
  • Score: 32

7:51pm Tue 25 Feb 14

pink_princess says...

Fizzy wrote:
Not much of a security tag because it didn't set any alarms off ...
The pin isn't the part that sets the alarm off
[quote][p][bold]Fizzy[/bold] wrote: Not much of a security tag because it didn't set any alarms off ...[/p][/quote]The pin isn't the part that sets the alarm off pink_princess
  • Score: 18

1:04pm Wed 26 Feb 14

kentlad says...

Marty1979 wrote:
bubbles2711 wrote:
As someone that knows her personally I can tell you now she is not doing this for compensation she is actually doing this to make parents more aware. I can honestly say I have never ever thought about checking the pockets of my children's clothes and can only wonder how many of you that have commented actually have kids yourselves. Bearing in mind it wasn't just a scratch - it is made out like that but can you not imagine the despair that she went through as a mother when a sharp pin not only scratched but went in enough way to possibly scar her baby that can't tell her what is wrong can only cry and throw himself on floor in agony! Might only be a scratch to you but to a baby that is a lot of pain to go though not to mention how devastated his Mummy was at the fact she had just put the trousers on him and watch him go through it! I think a bit more understanding and empathy from readers wouldn't go amiss!
Someone in the shop made a mistake by not removing the pin, baby got a scratch - I doubt he'll even remember it, and he'll be very lucky if he goes through life without any cuts or bruises. Simple fact of life

Shop have apologised & given £100 in compensation

So why go to the papers?

(15 minutes of fame?)
Luckily the pin was in the little boys trousers, would everyone be so quick to comment if the pin was in a jumper and it scratched the little boys eye????

FACT is this should never have happened a security tag is a two part device whoever handled the first part should have taken the second part(pin) out!

Also a little bit of bad publicity for the shop in question isnt a bad thing as they will hopefully make sure this doesnt happen again.

I personally dont believe in compensation claims but, unfortunatley sometimes the only way companies listen and take action is to hit their profits and to be fair £100 is adequate for this incident we arent talkng thousands.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bubbles2711[/bold] wrote: As someone that knows her personally I can tell you now she is not doing this for compensation she is actually doing this to make parents more aware. I can honestly say I have never ever thought about checking the pockets of my children's clothes and can only wonder how many of you that have commented actually have kids yourselves. Bearing in mind it wasn't just a scratch - it is made out like that but can you not imagine the despair that she went through as a mother when a sharp pin not only scratched but went in enough way to possibly scar her baby that can't tell her what is wrong can only cry and throw himself on floor in agony! Might only be a scratch to you but to a baby that is a lot of pain to go though not to mention how devastated his Mummy was at the fact she had just put the trousers on him and watch him go through it! I think a bit more understanding and empathy from readers wouldn't go amiss![/p][/quote]Someone in the shop made a mistake by not removing the pin, baby got a scratch - I doubt he'll even remember it, and he'll be very lucky if he goes through life without any cuts or bruises. Simple fact of life Shop have apologised & given £100 in compensation So why go to the papers? (15 minutes of fame?)[/p][/quote]Luckily the pin was in the little boys trousers, would everyone be so quick to comment if the pin was in a jumper and it scratched the little boys eye???? FACT is this should never have happened a security tag is a two part device whoever handled the first part should have taken the second part(pin) out! Also a little bit of bad publicity for the shop in question isnt a bad thing as they will hopefully make sure this doesnt happen again. I personally dont believe in compensation claims but, unfortunatley sometimes the only way companies listen and take action is to hit their profits and to be fair £100 is adequate for this incident we arent talkng thousands. kentlad
  • Score: 24

2:11pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Happybunny1976 says...

I wasn't going to say anything but feel some comments are unjustified so I will clear up the situation. First things first, yes you may say its just a scratch but a month on from the incident the mark remains and looks like it will scar. Also the pin actually punctured the skin at one point which caused it to bleed a considerable amount more than a scratch does. I did not approach News Shopper until a few weeks after the incident as I thought it was something that parents needed to know, not for "five minutes of fame" as someone put.
When I buy my children new clothes the 1st thing I do it take all labels and tags off and no I never check the pockets as security tags are normally tagged on the waist band but I will from now on!!. this wasn't just your normal security tag, but half of one, the part that contains the pin. When I spoke to the store manager they stated that it must of been hidden in the pocket by a shoplifter as they would not normally place a security tag there. My issue was that this was clearly a problem they were aware of but had not put procedures in place to check them just in case. At no point did I ask for compensation, either at the store or from their head office. I was actually offered compensation at the store but refused it. The gift card that they have sent me still sits in its envelope and I am in the proceeds of requesting the company make a donation to a selected charity.
I wasn't going to say anything but feel some comments are unjustified so I will clear up the situation. First things first, yes you may say its just a scratch but a month on from the incident the mark remains and looks like it will scar. Also the pin actually punctured the skin at one point which caused it to bleed a considerable amount more than a scratch does. I did not approach News Shopper until a few weeks after the incident as I thought it was something that parents needed to know, not for "five minutes of fame" as someone put. When I buy my children new clothes the 1st thing I do it take all labels and tags off and no I never check the pockets as security tags are normally tagged on the waist band but I will from now on!!. this wasn't just your normal security tag, but half of one, the part that contains the pin. When I spoke to the store manager they stated that it must of been hidden in the pocket by a shoplifter as they would not normally place a security tag there. My issue was that this was clearly a problem they were aware of but had not put procedures in place to check them just in case. At no point did I ask for compensation, either at the store or from their head office. I was actually offered compensation at the store but refused it. The gift card that they have sent me still sits in its envelope and I am in the proceeds of requesting the company make a donation to a selected charity. Happybunny1976
  • Score: 68

2:57pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Happybunny1976 wrote:
I wasn't going to say anything but feel some comments are unjustified so I will clear up the situation. First things first, yes you may say its just a scratch but a month on from the incident the mark remains and looks like it will scar. Also the pin actually punctured the skin at one point which caused it to bleed a considerable amount more than a scratch does. I did not approach News Shopper until a few weeks after the incident as I thought it was something that parents needed to know, not for "five minutes of fame" as someone put.
When I buy my children new clothes the 1st thing I do it take all labels and tags off and no I never check the pockets as security tags are normally tagged on the waist band but I will from now on!!. this wasn't just your normal security tag, but half of one, the part that contains the pin. When I spoke to the store manager they stated that it must of been hidden in the pocket by a shoplifter as they would not normally place a security tag there. My issue was that this was clearly a problem they were aware of but had not put procedures in place to check them just in case. At no point did I ask for compensation, either at the store or from their head office. I was actually offered compensation at the store but refused it. The gift card that they have sent me still sits in its envelope and I am in the proceeds of requesting the company make a donation to a selected charity.
Happybunny1976:
Thank you so much for commenting. At last a voice or reason and sanity. I do believe you have done a good thing in promoting this issue and I am glad it wasn't any more than you described (I shudder to think how this -could- have ended). I am also glad little Arthur is on the mend; scars aren't so bad after time (rub a little Bio-Oil(tm) - containing PurCellin Oil - on it and you should find it all but becomes invisible over time (fantastic stuff). If he is left with a noticeable scar then he can impress the girls when he is older with some tale of daring-do or near-death shark attack - there is always a bright side to events.

I also applaud you on your charitable decision and hope the company listen to you.

Kind regards to both of you.
[quote][p][bold]Happybunny1976[/bold] wrote: I wasn't going to say anything but feel some comments are unjustified so I will clear up the situation. First things first, yes you may say its just a scratch but a month on from the incident the mark remains and looks like it will scar. Also the pin actually punctured the skin at one point which caused it to bleed a considerable amount more than a scratch does. I did not approach News Shopper until a few weeks after the incident as I thought it was something that parents needed to know, not for "five minutes of fame" as someone put. When I buy my children new clothes the 1st thing I do it take all labels and tags off and no I never check the pockets as security tags are normally tagged on the waist band but I will from now on!!. this wasn't just your normal security tag, but half of one, the part that contains the pin. When I spoke to the store manager they stated that it must of been hidden in the pocket by a shoplifter as they would not normally place a security tag there. My issue was that this was clearly a problem they were aware of but had not put procedures in place to check them just in case. At no point did I ask for compensation, either at the store or from their head office. I was actually offered compensation at the store but refused it. The gift card that they have sent me still sits in its envelope and I am in the proceeds of requesting the company make a donation to a selected charity.[/p][/quote]Happybunny1976: Thank you so much for commenting. At last a voice or reason and sanity. I do believe you have done a good thing in promoting this issue and I am glad it wasn't any more than you described (I shudder to think how this -could- have ended). I am also glad little Arthur is on the mend; scars aren't so bad after time (rub a little Bio-Oil(tm) - containing PurCellin Oil - on it and you should find it all but becomes invisible over time (fantastic stuff). If he is left with a noticeable scar then he can impress the girls when he is older with some tale of daring-do or near-death shark attack - there is always a bright side to events. I also applaud you on your charitable decision and hope the company listen to you. Kind regards to both of you. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -21

4:27pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Happybunny1976 says...

Sorry would also like to thank those who have said kind words xx
Sorry would also like to thank those who have said kind words xx Happybunny1976
  • Score: 43

5:38am Thu 27 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

Who calls there kid 'Arthur'?

My middle name is Arthur and I got abuse at school for that, poor mite.

I'd get used to having scratches son from those playground fights!
Who calls there kid 'Arthur'? My middle name is Arthur and I got abuse at school for that, poor mite. I'd get used to having scratches son from those playground fights! Stop_Whining
  • Score: -16

8:29am Thu 27 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

"Stop Arthur Whining" ?

Oh, how I wish we could !
"Stop Arthur Whining" ? Oh, how I wish we could ! Dr. Nick
  • Score: -9

11:39am Thu 27 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

One of my BFF is named Arfur.

ArfurTowcrate do you know him ?

Oh my sides. ROFL
One of my BFF is named Arfur. ArfurTowcrate do you know him ? Oh my sides. ROFL Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -40

11:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

Dr. Nick wrote:
"Stop Arthur Whining" ?

Oh, how I wish we could !
Like it Nick, like it.
[quote][p][bold]Dr. Nick[/bold] wrote: "Stop Arthur Whining" ? Oh, how I wish we could ![/p][/quote]Like it Nick, like it. Stop_Whining
  • Score: -4

9:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

kentlad says...

Happybunny1976 wrote:
Sorry would also like to thank those who have said kind words xx
Your welcome Emma a few people i know said they are friends with you and said what a great person you are :)

Unfortunately you get some Trolls on here who like nothing more than to slag people off and call people names... no need to name drop i'm sure you have already guessed who they are!

Take care
[quote][p][bold]Happybunny1976[/bold] wrote: Sorry would also like to thank those who have said kind words xx[/p][/quote]Your welcome Emma a few people i know said they are friends with you and said what a great person you are :) Unfortunately you get some Trolls on here who like nothing more than to slag people off and call people names... no need to name drop i'm sure you have already guessed who they are! Take care kentlad
  • Score: 22

12:13pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

kentlad wrote:
Happybunny1976 wrote:
Sorry would also like to thank those who have said kind words xx
Your welcome Emma a few people i know said they are friends with you and said what a great person you are :)

Unfortunately you get some Trolls on here who like nothing more than to slag people off and call people names... no need to name drop i'm sure you have already guessed who they are!

Take care
Totally agree ^.
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happybunny1976[/bold] wrote: Sorry would also like to thank those who have said kind words xx[/p][/quote]Your welcome Emma a few people i know said they are friends with you and said what a great person you are :) Unfortunately you get some Trolls on here who like nothing more than to slag people off and call people names... no need to name drop i'm sure you have already guessed who they are! Take care[/p][/quote]Totally agree ^. Dr. Nick
  • Score: -7

8:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Ferdy54 says...

So she's got her "compunsayshun" from H&M.

As she's still got that bit of the security tag, maybe she can try M&S next, although she looks more Primark!
So she's got her "compunsayshun" from H&M. As she's still got that bit of the security tag, maybe she can try M&S next, although she looks more Primark! Ferdy54
  • Score: -2

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