fat shaming sign in the girls clothing dept

What’s the first thing you think of when shopping for holiday clothes with your kids?

Certainly not using Christmas to fat-shame them or extoll the virtues of a “fat” wallet.

A Dillards store in Florida caused a bit of a stir when they placed the ill-chosen sign in the girl’s department alongside the holiday wear:

fat shaming sign in girl's dept of store causes a stir

“Dear Santa, This year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks.”

Sally Stewart, who posted the image on Facebook, told WPTV, “It gives the wrong message about having a slim body. That’s not the message we want to give our kids.”

The photo was shared over 400 times before it was picked up by local media, who were able to call it to the attention of the corporate office. Dillard’s told WPTV that the sign was put in the Girls department in error, and directed all stores to remove the sign from sales floors entirely.

[Image Credit: Screenshot/WPTV]

By Hypatia Livingston

"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."Writer, thinker, researcher, philosopher.

8 thoughts on “Florida Dept. Store Under Fire For Fat-Shaming Santa Sign”
  1. It was put in the wrong department? Where should it have gone? Goodness, talk about a bad idea to get a few extra sales in. I wonder where they really meant to put it?

  2. I was thinking the same thing when I was reading this. Where would you put a sign like that? I could see this in one of those magazines that I get in the mail like on a coffee cup or something. This isn’t something that should be in a family store amongst all the girls who already have self-image problems.

    1. Ha… how silly and what a silly response by them too. Wrong spot, wrong department. There isn’t a right spot to put a sign like this. Young girls don’t need to see things like this.

  3. I’ve seen this floating around Pinterest in the form of one of those humorous ecards. It never occurred to me that a department store would think it would be appropriate for a children’s Christmas display. I’m glad they removed it from the sales floor, but it should have never been there in the first place.

    1. I have seen it too. I chuckled when I saw it online. It is not such a great idea to use as a display for kids clothing. Wonder who made that decision? I wonder if they are keeping their job?

      1. I was wondering the same thing. Who in their right mind would have thought that something like this should be where young girls can see this? I mean I get it that everyone makes mistakes, but something like this should not go unnoticed.

  4. It wouldn’t be any better in the women’s department! It’s high time we, as a society, stop trying to force women into a particular body image. Why does this never happen with men?

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