|The abusive toy parrot|
According to The Times, Tina Banks bought the cuddly bird from a store in her home town of Brighton for her 11-month-old daughter Roxy.
However, when she pulled the toy's cord she was outraged to hear the phrase: "Oi! What are you looking at ****hole."
Other phrases programmed into the brightly-coloured toy included "I'm going to rip your head off and **** down your neck", "Sod off, sod off", "Oi! Bugger off" and "What are you staring at ****hole?"
Mrs Banks, who lives in Brighton, said that the parrot's swearing had caused her a great deal of embarrassment.
"I bought it because Roxy was throwing a paddy in her pram and I thought the parrot might keep her a little bit quiet," she explained.
"But when we got outside and I handed it to her, it came out with these swear words. The worse thing was there was a man in front of us who thought it was aimed at him.
"I went ten shades of red and have never been so embarrassed in my life. When I bought it I didn’t realise it spoke, I just thought it was a cuddly toy.
"But it has got a cord coming out of its backside that, when you pull it, comes out with all this bad language. It's shocking to think this was being sold in a toy section."
Hussein Lalani, commercial director of the 99p stores, apologised and said the toy should not have been in the toy section.
He said: "I will be speaking to the manager to make sure he puts the toy into the correct section.
"It is quite clearly labelled that the product is not suitable for children and none of the toys we have are suitable for kids under three-years-old."
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