Woman in Primark tells mother of crying 3-year-old to shut him up

Mother’s fury as at woman in Primark who shouted ‘shut it up’ when her three-year-old son who was ‘having off day’ had a tantrum

  • The stranger told Paula Moosa to shut son Charlie up while he was crying
  • Woman told a shocked Miss Moosa:  ‘Give it something to shut it up’ 
  • Miss Moosa said she told the woman not to speak to her son in that way
  • The woman then said an expletive and left  

A mother has told of her shock and anger after a stranger in Primark told her 3-year-old son to ‘shut up’ because he was having a tantrum.

Paula Moosa, 25, said son Charlie was ‘having an off day’ and crying in the Hull city centre shop when a woman she didn’t know suddenly came over and snapped: ‘For God sake, shut it up.’

Miss Moosa, from Boothferry Estate, west Hull, said she was sitting down with her son in the shoe section and trying to soothe him while waiting for her sister. 

Paula Moosa, 25, said son Charlie was ‘having an off day’ and crying in the Hull city centre shop when a woman she didn’t know suddenly came over and snapped: ‘For God sake, shut it up’ (Paul Moosa pictured centre with son Charlie, 3, left and son Alfie, 4, right)

Charlie had started to get upset because he wanted some sweets.

She added that she’d told him to wait until they left the store and he’d carried on crying.  

After telling Miss Moosa to shut her son up, the woman had then added, ‘Give it something to shut it up.’

‘I said, ‘no I wont, I am not giving him his own way for your sake. You shut up’.

After telling Miss Moosa to shut her son up, the woman had then added, ‘Give it something to shut it up.’ ‘I said, ‘no I wont, I am not giving him his own way for your sake. You shut up’ (The world’s biggest Primark in Birmingham pictured)

‘So she came right to my face and said, ‘what did you say?’ Miss Moosa said. ‘I told you to shut up, do not speak to my son like that,’ Miss Moosa added, so she then told me to f*** off and stuck her middle finger up and walked away.’ (Woman who spoke to Miss Moosa pictured walking away in Primark)

‘So she came right to my face and said, ‘what did you say?’ Miss Moosa said.

‘I told you to shut up, do not speak to my son like that,’ Miss Moosa added, so she then told me to f*** off and stuck her middle finger up and walked away. I am not sure what she meant, I was fuming.’  

Miss Moosa, also mum to Alfie, four, said the woman’s shouting stunned Charlie so much that he stopped crying. 

She said she did not report the incident to the security guards but said she would have done if it had ‘become more heated.’

Toddler Charlie pictured. His mum Paula Moosa said he was crying because he wanted sweets and that she’d said no until they left the store. ‘I think people should keep their opinions to themselves, everyone parents differently,’ she said

Miss Moosa said she was appalled that a stranger would tell someone how to parent their children. 

‘I think people should keep their opinions to themselves, everyone parents differently,’ she said. ‘Advice is always welcome and is always nice but when people tell you you’re doing it wrong, that annoys me. ‘

‘He was just having an off-day because he was tired after his birthday party which was the day before,’ she added.   

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