If you believe the theory that parents should be the people they want their children to become, then the Fisher-Price Happy Hour Playset is the gift you should want for your kids this holiday season.
Equipped with fake beer bottles, bar stools and a pretend bar, it will give your children the opportunity to act like Mommy when she gets away for a girls' night out (minus the slurring missives about her impossible children). Accompanying the Happy Hour Playset should be Mommy's Medicine Cabinet, which is stocked with hangover remedies to get her through the next morning without murdering anyone before the kids leave for the school bus.
Oh, were the Fisher-Price Happy Hour Playset real! Alas, it is not.
The Fisher-Price hoax appeared online recently, with a Facebook user named Amiri King posting it on his page saying it was a gift for his daughter. King wrote:
"We were all eating dinner in this swanky restaurant. I was drinking a really nice margarita. I noticed a fat little hand just reach over and grab my margarita. I instantly identified this as Tilly (King's daughter) behavior. She sat the margarita in front of her, took a big drink from the straw, and said "ahhhhh." I laughed and told Tilly that my drink had "whiskey" in it. So now I constantly tease her about drinking margaritas. She gets pissed."
The playset was quickly deemed as a hoax by Snopes, which reached out to Fisher-Price, who told them, "Please know that this product is not endorsed, produced or approved by Fisher-Price."
Still, the internet has never let the truth get in the way of a good story about fake evil. Commenters everywhere blew a gasket:
"Seriously, teaching our children to drink at this age???????"
bad habits early ... Can't believe they make this horrible stuff for
kids. To each (their) own, as for me I wouldn't get this for my babies. Cute as a
grown-up concept though."
not like it's a toy where you learn to drink alcohol. There's nothing
wrong with being a bartender, but I do think it's odd that it's a toy for
though this is fake, having a child of my own, this in incredibly
disgusting. 'Jokes' are why this world is full of losers."
Not cute!! It's exploitation of the young mind! They only sell these
kinds of 'toys' in the hood! Remember the hypodermic needle pens a few
years ago!" [Author's note: Um, nope.]
in America does a (corporation) think it's cool to make little ones think
this is OK. This is horrible, and we wonder why our family and friends' kids have problem with alcohol!!"
to teach (our) kids it's OK to drink! This really pissed me off. Who the
f#$* thinks it is in any way OK for a damn child. Ff#$*ing stupid people I