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The uniquely "colorful" language of truckers isn't exactly something you'd ever want your kid to hear. It's also not something you'd expect to come out of one of your child's toys, either. But for Jennifer Childress, of Kent, Wash., that's exactly what she heard pouring out of her 9-year-old stepdaughter's pink princess walkie-talkie one day. And let's just say she wasn't amused.
"We picked up some things that she shouldn't be hearing, or any child should be hearing," Childress later told FOX News affiliate KCPQ-TV. Those "things" included racial slurs, crude language and other little tidbits that unfortunately cannot be repeated in print.
And it all happened on a rather unassuming Disney Princess Royal Walkie-Talkie; it seems the walkie-talkie broadcasts on only one frequency, 27.145 MHz, and the north-south freeway trucker's channel isn't a far cry off, at 27.165 MHz. Considering the Childresses live right by Interstate 5 (a major West Coast trucking route) the interference is an unfortunate, yet very real, possibility for anyone in the area.
This isn't exactly a unique incident. Parents have complained in the past about the very same issue; though, to no avail. Back in 2008, West Virginia mom Deborah Pancaro gave her 3-year-old a Fisher-Price walkie-talkie, only to hear some pretty "explicit" convos come through. Men could be heard talking about heading to a strip club, debating whether to go "smoke some weed" and making other stellar life decisions.
At the time, though, a Fisher-Price spokesperson apologized for the whole debacle, but said that since radio walkie-talkies can only operate on a limited number of frequencies, interference is bound to happen.
But the Childresses aren't dropping the matter this time; they plan to file a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and see how far up the ladder they can go.