Poundland customer horrified after spotting sex toys opposite children’s section

A mum was outraged after spotting sex toys opposite the children’s section in Poundland.

They were placed among the Valentine's Day section with only a limited effort to disclose their purposes, she claimed.

She said she was forced to cover her children's eyes from the obscene items, SussexLive reports.

The mum-of-four, who has not been named, said she found the objects in the budget chain’s store in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

She had gone there to find ‘crafty bits’ to keep her youngsters entertained during lockdown, she added.

But she said she was "completely taken aback" after stumbling upon the items.

She said: "As it's hard to entertain the kids during lockdown I thought I would go to Poundland with them to get some crafty bits.

"As I entered the aisle I turned around from the kids' toys and was completely taken aback.

"I was shocked and a little outrage to see a whole range of sex toys on display opposite the toy section."

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She went on: "Straight away I covered their eyes and steered them to the crafty section as quickly as possible.

"I thought that they could at least put it in the corner, but of all places, they displayed the section right next to the kids' toys."

After they arrived home she posted in the 'East Grinstead Mums' Facebook group about what had happened.

Social media users replied with shock to her tale.

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One mum said: "Are they classed as essential… Is that why Poundland is allowed to stay open?"

Another said: "It's more outrageous that they aren't £1."

Meanwhile, the company has re-launched its £1 engagement rings in time for Valentine’s Day next month.

Their Bling Ring range offers various sizes and colours, from cheap ruby lookalikes to faux diamonds.

The Daily Star has approached Poundland for comment.

Earlier this month, the budget chain announced it will be closing 44 stores.

The company said the branches will temporarily shut down as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit the retail industry.

There has been an 80% drop in footfall since the first lockdown last March, with dozens of stores now put into "hibernation".

Retail director Austin Cooke said: "Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them for the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighbourhoods."

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