One of the things that worries parents around Christmas time is that a toy bought for their child won’t actually work properly and they will have to go through the hassle of returning it.
In Washington state, KING-TV reported that a boy’s uncle had to return a toy plane he bought his 3-year-old nephew to Amazon, but not for any reason he might have foreseen. Instead of making airplane noises, the toy had Muslim chanting coming out of its speakers.
“We put the batteries in and didn’t get what we expected,” Bjorn Thorpe, the boy’s uncle, told the station. “I do respect other religions, but it’s not the right situation to have it on a children’s toy.”
Worse, Thorpe wasn’t the only one to have this problem.
Several Amazon customers have posted one-star reviews of the toy plane, claiming to have experienced the same thing.
WolVol, the company behind the toy, stated that it had nothing to do with this and placed the blame on a foreign manufacturer. WolVol claimed the manufacturer must have loaded the wrong sound effect onto the toy.
A local Muslim leader told the station he wasn’t happy about the toy either.
“This is a prayer you’re supposed to say when you’re performing Hajj,” Nadeem Israr, president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County, told KING.