Primark's pants hangers could 'take somebody's eye out'

Primark's pants hangers could 'take somebody's eye out'

Primark's pants hangers could 'take somebody's eye out'

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A Crayford mother has claimed that somebody could 'lose an eye' in Primark after her five-year-old narrowly missed seriously damaging her eye when she hit it on a 'dangerous' hanger.

Charley Gunnell, a pupil at Normandy Primary School in Erith, was shopping with her mother, Jane Morley, aged 31, of Shearwod Crescent, and her siblings, one-year-old twins Lily and Daisy and Tommy, aged four, on June 15 when she hit her face on a metal rod used to hang pants in the store in High Street, Dartford.

Miss Morley said: "At the ends of the aisles they've got metal rods, they're on three levels and she hit her face on the middle one - she's got a black eye.

"It's a really bad design - they need to be covered by a rubber stopper or something - if a toddler ran into the lower one they could lose an eye."

Miss Morley was walking in front of her daughter when she heard her cry out and a fellow shopper told the anxious mum that she had hit her eye on the hanger.

The mother-of-four added: "She was saying she couldn't see at first, it was really scary.

"I took her straight to the doctors, they said everything was fine but it she was been an inch or so shorter it would have gone straight into her eye."

Miss Morley spoke to the manager of the store after the incident.

A Primark spokesperson said: "We were sorry to hear of the incident which took place in the Dartford Store on Sunday.

"Customer safety is very important to Primark and we take extensive measures to ensure our stores are safe shopping environments. "As is the case with any accident in store, this incident is currently being investigated and we will continue to liaise with the mother of the injured child during this process."

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5:00pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Love London Life says...

Show me the money !!! I smell a small claim here
Show me the money !!! I smell a small claim here Love London Life
  • Score: 22

7:22pm Wed 18 Jun 14

reasonable75 says...

So all the mums will be rushing to Primark so there kids can have "accidents"
So all the mums will be rushing to Primark so there kids can have "accidents" reasonable75
  • Score: 15

7:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" they need to be covered by a rubber stopper or something "

Jane Morley think about it.

Perhaps even use the back door may help you.


Dr Joe.
" they need to be covered by a rubber stopper or something " Jane Morley think about it. Perhaps even use the back door may help you. Dr Joe. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 3

9:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

flea_in_ear says...

So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves.

However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.
So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves. However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit. flea_in_ear
  • Score: 14

10:00pm Wed 18 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

reasonable75 wrote:
So all the mums will be rushing to Primark so there kids can have "accidents"
Sadly, you're not wrong.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: So all the mums will be rushing to Primark so there kids can have "accidents"[/p][/quote]Sadly, you're not wrong. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 12

6:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

flea_in_ear wrote:
So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves.

However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.
Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.
[quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves. However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.[/p][/quote]Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 20

9:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

An absolute non-event. It's impossible to make a shop completely child proof. Should they put foam on the floor in case they fall over, rubber around the door frame in case a child runs into it? Maybe all shops should be in bouncy castles.
An absolute non-event. It's impossible to make a shop completely child proof. Should they put foam on the floor in case they fall over, rubber around the door frame in case a child runs into it? Maybe all shops should be in bouncy castles. PaulErith
  • Score: 19

12:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MsChevious says...

Seriously? Things which could also take out eyes: pencils, carrots, branches, fingers, rulers....

Would you like all these things banned because children sometimes have accidents? Kids either need to be supervised or learn to look where they're going!
Seriously? Things which could also take out eyes: pencils, carrots, branches, fingers, rulers.... Would you like all these things banned because children sometimes have accidents? Kids either need to be supervised or learn to look where they're going! MsChevious
  • Score: 19

1:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

flea_in_ear says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
flea_in_ear wrote:
So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves.

However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.
Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.
Pretentious how? I don't support slave labour abroad?
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves. However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.[/p][/quote]Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.[/p][/quote]Pretentious how? I don't support slave labour abroad? flea_in_ear
  • Score: -1

1:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

flea_in_ear says...

flea_in_ear wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
flea_in_ear wrote:
So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves.

However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.
Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.
Pretentious how? I don't support slave labour abroad?
Strange - someone has down-voted me for not supporting slave labour. Funny old life.
[quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves. However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.[/p][/quote]Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.[/p][/quote]Pretentious how? I don't support slave labour abroad?[/p][/quote]Strange - someone has down-voted me for not supporting slave labour. Funny old life. flea_in_ear
  • Score: -10

3:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

toomush2drink says...

I best have a word with the council about the local woods. I spotted quite a few trees with branches that could take out someones eye.....

Why oh why do so many parents think anything that happens is someone elses fault. It like being in a boxing match and complaning when the other guy hits you.

Those kids are your responsibility so start taking some rsponsibility for them.

All around you are risks and dangers to kids, so educate them and keep control of them.

Btw i resisted the urge to say "keep an eye on them"
I best have a word with the council about the local woods. I spotted quite a few trees with branches that could take out someones eye..... Why oh why do so many parents think anything that happens is someone elses fault. It like being in a boxing match and complaning when the other guy hits you. Those kids are your responsibility so start taking some rsponsibility for them. All around you are risks and dangers to kids, so educate them and keep control of them. Btw i resisted the urge to say "keep an eye on them" toomush2drink
  • Score: 16

8:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

cherithporter says...

Poor little girl.
Poor little girl. cherithporter
  • Score: -3

9:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

claireclc says...

Oh for goodness sake - I agree with others on here, the child should not have been running around unattended - and she clearly must have been running as merely 'walking' into a coat hanger would not result in a black eye and as the mother said 'almost losing an eye.'

I ran into a door handle as a kid and split my eye socket open (the skin around it). Blood everywhere, A&E but it taught me not to blooming run around!

Whatever next?! Do not stack tins of beans low down on shelves as my annoying kid who won't do as it's told might drop it and break it's foot, or remove shoe laces from trainers because a kid could try eating eat and choke?! There are hazards everywhere which is why you must keep an eye on kids at all times. Or do as my parents did when I was crying my eyes out after the event....

"That'll teach you"
Oh for goodness sake - I agree with others on here, the child should not have been running around unattended - and she clearly must have been running as merely 'walking' into a coat hanger would not result in a black eye and as the mother said 'almost losing an eye.' I ran into a door handle as a kid and split my eye socket open (the skin around it). Blood everywhere, A&E but it taught me not to blooming run around! Whatever next?! Do not stack tins of beans low down on shelves as my annoying kid who won't do as it's told might drop it and break it's foot, or remove shoe laces from trainers because a kid could try eating eat and choke?! There are hazards everywhere which is why you must keep an eye on kids at all times. Or do as my parents did when I was crying my eyes out after the event.... "That'll teach you" claireclc
  • Score: 11

5:26am Sat 21 Jun 14

Catford Cat says...

Primark, "I dont shop there, slave labour, cheap clothes" Other high end stores also use the same "slave labour "but they charge much more for their clothing. Primark do a quick sale, low cost, and you are "so upright and ethical" oh please, read a bit more about who provides/pays what before spouting stuff you clearly know very little about.
Also people need to take responsability for the kids, running around like little chipmunks, bless their hearts, nearly tripping people up, but thats ok. Get a grip.
Primark, "I dont shop there, slave labour, cheap clothes" Other high end stores also use the same "slave labour "but they charge much more for their clothing. Primark do a quick sale, low cost, and you are "so upright and ethical" oh please, read a bit more about who provides/pays what before spouting stuff you clearly know very little about. Also people need to take responsability for the kids, running around like little chipmunks, bless their hearts, nearly tripping people up, but thats ok. Get a grip. Catford Cat
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Sat 21 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

claireclc wrote:
Oh for goodness sake - I agree with others on here, the child should not have been running around unattended - and she clearly must have been running as merely 'walking' into a coat hanger would not result in a black eye and as the mother said 'almost losing an eye.'

I ran into a door handle as a kid and split my eye socket open (the skin around it). Blood everywhere, A&E but it taught me not to blooming run around!

Whatever next?! Do not stack tins of beans low down on shelves as my annoying kid who won't do as it's told might drop it and break it's foot, or remove shoe laces from trainers because a kid could try eating eat and choke?! There are hazards everywhere which is why you must keep an eye on kids at all times. Or do as my parents did when I was crying my eyes out after the event....

"That'll teach you"
I love it. I remember now, that'll teach ya! My daughter complained when I said it to her. She said' all my friends get hugs when they hurt themselves, but all I get is a scowl and have to put my own plaster on.'. Aahh! She appreciates the way I brung her up now. Bless her.
[quote][p][bold]claireclc[/bold] wrote: Oh for goodness sake - I agree with others on here, the child should not have been running around unattended - and she clearly must have been running as merely 'walking' into a coat hanger would not result in a black eye and as the mother said 'almost losing an eye.' I ran into a door handle as a kid and split my eye socket open (the skin around it). Blood everywhere, A&E but it taught me not to blooming run around! Whatever next?! Do not stack tins of beans low down on shelves as my annoying kid who won't do as it's told might drop it and break it's foot, or remove shoe laces from trainers because a kid could try eating eat and choke?! There are hazards everywhere which is why you must keep an eye on kids at all times. Or do as my parents did when I was crying my eyes out after the event.... "That'll teach you"[/p][/quote]I love it. I remember now, that'll teach ya! My daughter complained when I said it to her. She said' all my friends get hugs when they hurt themselves, but all I get is a scowl and have to put my own plaster on.'. Aahh! She appreciates the way I brung her up now. Bless her. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 6

7:40pm Sat 21 Jun 14

granny7 says...

Can't believe all the negative comments, a child was hurt ! so she deserved it did she ? If the incident wasn't witnessed how can judgements be made, everyone is assuming she was running amok in the shop, as I understand it the child was just following her mother and yes it is possible to get a black eye from just falling onto something.
I agree everything cannot be made childproof and accidents will always happen but I've seen these hangers and they are a potential danger to children.
As for Primark they are a major company and safety in their shops should be paramount, modifications to these hangers must be made before another child is injured.
Can't believe all the negative comments, a child was hurt ! so she deserved it did she ? If the incident wasn't witnessed how can judgements be made, everyone is assuming she was running amok in the shop, as I understand it the child was just following her mother and yes it is possible to get a black eye from just falling onto something. I agree everything cannot be made childproof and accidents will always happen but I've seen these hangers and they are a potential danger to children. As for Primark they are a major company and safety in their shops should be paramount, modifications to these hangers must be made before another child is injured. granny7
  • Score: -6

12:27pm Sun 22 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

granny7 wrote:
Can't believe all the negative comments, a child was hurt ! so she deserved it did she ? If the incident wasn't witnessed how can judgements be made, everyone is assuming she was running amok in the shop, as I understand it the child was just following her mother and yes it is possible to get a black eye from just falling onto something.
I agree everything cannot be made childproof and accidents will always happen but I've seen these hangers and they are a potential danger to children.
As for Primark they are a major company and safety in their shops should be paramount, modifications to these hangers must be made before another child is injured.
You're right granny7. I got carried away. I can't speak for the others, but I'm sorry. And I hope you get better soon little one.
[quote][p][bold]granny7[/bold] wrote: Can't believe all the negative comments, a child was hurt ! so she deserved it did she ? If the incident wasn't witnessed how can judgements be made, everyone is assuming she was running amok in the shop, as I understand it the child was just following her mother and yes it is possible to get a black eye from just falling onto something. I agree everything cannot be made childproof and accidents will always happen but I've seen these hangers and they are a potential danger to children. As for Primark they are a major company and safety in their shops should be paramount, modifications to these hangers must be made before another child is injured.[/p][/quote]You're right granny7. I got carried away. I can't speak for the others, but I'm sorry. And I hope you get better soon little one. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 3

10:07am Mon 23 Jun 14

Flowergirl76 says...

She states this accident could have been avoided by placing rubber on the hooks.
My first thought was that this accident WOULD have been avoided if she wasn't walking in front of her child & had her in clear view at all times or am I missing the point ?
Maybe next time have your child walking in front of you so that you can see her at all times or even better hold her hand !
Child safety isn't just about possible injuries on a coat hanger or do you not read the news ??
She states this accident could have been avoided by placing rubber on the hooks. My first thought was that this accident WOULD have been avoided if she wasn't walking in front of her child & had her in clear view at all times or am I missing the point ? Maybe next time have your child walking in front of you so that you can see her at all times or even better hold her hand ! Child safety isn't just about possible injuries on a coat hanger or do you not read the news ?? Flowergirl76
  • Score: 1

9:44am Tue 24 Jun 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Flowergirl76 wrote:
She states this accident could have been avoided by placing rubber on the hooks.
My first thought was that this accident WOULD have been avoided if she wasn't walking in front of her child & had her in clear view at all times or am I missing the point ?
Maybe next time have your child walking in front of you so that you can see her at all times or even better hold her hand !
Child safety isn't just about possible injuries on a coat hanger or do you not read the news ??
I find it interesting that reports of cruelty to animals result in posters almost apoplectic with rage, but reports of injuries to children result either in sarcastic suggestions of "compo" (which I use only on my garden), snide comments that it was the parents fault not the sainted retailer, or unpleasant implications that the little brat deserved it.

Seeing an injured child is not pleasant. Take a trip to A & E if you don't belive me.
[quote][p][bold]Flowergirl76[/bold] wrote: She states this accident could have been avoided by placing rubber on the hooks. My first thought was that this accident WOULD have been avoided if she wasn't walking in front of her child & had her in clear view at all times or am I missing the point ? Maybe next time have your child walking in front of you so that you can see her at all times or even better hold her hand ! Child safety isn't just about possible injuries on a coat hanger or do you not read the news ??[/p][/quote]I find it interesting that reports of cruelty to animals result in posters almost apoplectic with rage, but reports of injuries to children result either in sarcastic suggestions of "compo" (which I use only on my garden), snide comments that it was the parents fault not the sainted retailer, or unpleasant implications that the little brat deserved it. Seeing an injured child is not pleasant. Take a trip to A & E if you don't belive me. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

JoeBlobbs says...

flea_in_ear wrote:
flea_in_ear wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
flea_in_ear wrote:
So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves.

However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.
Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.
Pretentious how? I don't support slave labour abroad?
Strange - someone has down-voted me for not supporting slave labour. Funny old life.
Nothing strange there mate.

Always something odd goes on with the voting when engaged in any kind of 'debate' with SLB.

As the numerous 'voting friends' of SLB don't have the intelligence to write a comment it's easy to ignore and put down to either a lack of IQ which means they probably don't understand what you have written or a case of vote rigging by one person which is just plain tragic.
[quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]flea_in_ear[/bold] wrote: So don't allow small children to wander around shops. They can be an annoyance to other customers. They are at risk themselves. However, Primark has I think been connected with appalling working conditions in Asia (how else do they keep the prices so low?) so somewhere I avoid. I suggest this lady does the same - as long as she doesn't allow her child to run around as it wishes in the shops I visit.[/p][/quote]Bit pretentious there were you not? Have to agree whole heatedly with you though, Un checked kids in shops are a nuisance. It must stop.[/p][/quote]Pretentious how? I don't support slave labour abroad?[/p][/quote]Strange - someone has down-voted me for not supporting slave labour. Funny old life.[/p][/quote]Nothing strange there mate. Always something odd goes on with the voting when engaged in any kind of 'debate' with SLB. As the numerous 'voting friends' of SLB don't have the intelligence to write a comment it's easy to ignore and put down to either a lack of IQ which means they probably don't understand what you have written or a case of vote rigging by one person which is just plain tragic. JoeBlobbs
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Dr Martin says...

I had hoped the very obvious vote rigging which had marred this website for over 6 months would not return.
I suspected the Rabbit, you suspect sarfflondonbird, whoever it is I wish they would not make it so obvious
I had hoped the very obvious vote rigging which had marred this website for over 6 months would not return. I suspected the Rabbit, you suspect sarfflondonbird, whoever it is I wish they would not make it so obvious Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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