Now, I'm not a parent myself, but I think it may be kind of a crazy idea to buy your 3-year-old expensive designer shoes when they'll probably just ruin them by, you know, being a 3-year-old.
One mom in the UK disagrees. And when her 3-year-old daughter came back from a playdate with pen marks on her £325 (almost $400 U.S.) shoes, she sent the other mom a bill. No, this isn't a joke.
The mom, Sarah Louise Bryan, appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain to explain why she thought charging her friend for her daughter's ruined shoes was justified, especially since the toddler owns around 60 pairs of shoes.
Host Piers Morgan wasn't convinced. He blasted the mom, saying:
Your 3-year-old daughter has 60 pairs of shoes, you send her in a £325 pair of booties to your mate’s house and she gets a few pens marks on it — which, by the way, happens to 3-year-old girls, I’ve got a 5-year-old girl, they get pen marks, they draw — and then, when she comes back with pen marks, you have the audacity to send her an invoice.
When the mom asked Morgan what he would do if his child, God forbid, came back from a playdate with marks on their designer shoes, Morgan responded, "What would I do!? I wouldn’t be buying my daughter £325 pairs of shoes to start with!"
After Morgan labeled Bryan's sending a bill "preposterous" and called her "the worst kind of parent," the mom broke down in tears.
"This is nothing to do with my parenting and it is not fair other than bullying," she said. "You know, when I was younger I got abused and everything."
Okay, sure. That's terrible, and obviously we don't know what her parenting is really like. But it doesn't quite explain sending your friend a £325 bill for toddler shoes. Does it? I don't know. I'm clearly not ready for the challenges of parenthood yet.