A clerk at a children’s clothing store in Denison reportedly accused a mother of child abuse for allowing her 5-year-old daughter to choose a boy’s suit and tie as her Easter outfit.
Rachel Giordano told K-TEN television station that her daughter Maddie is a tomboy who has “preferred to dress in boys clothes since she was about three-years-old.” Rachel said she doesn’t mind a bit if Maddie likes wearing boy clothes, but a clerk in Martha’s Miniatures in Denison did mind. A lot.
Rachel Giordano told the TV station that she and Maddie were hanging out at Denison’s Art Walk last Saturday, March 28, when she decided to take her daughter into Martha’s to shop for an Easter outfit. But when the store clerk saw the little girl, she was outraged.
Rachel Giordano told K-TEN, “The woman’s face was just a face of disgust. She told me that I was promoting wrong behavior. That parent’s should not let their children choose the way that they dress if it’s cross-gendered.”
She said the incident made Maddie start crying, and after they left the store, she put a post on her Facebook page recounting the incident.
When the store started getting blowback over what happened, the clerk decided to explain her side of the story. In posts on the Martha’s Miniatures FB page the clerk said, “I was so shocked she asked for a boys suit for the child. I asked her why she was encouraging this.” And in another post, “This is child abuse from the mother.”
The Martha’s Miniatures FB page has since been removed, K-TEN notes.
And just so you know, Rachel Giordano ended up taking Maddie to JCPenney’s, where the little girl got her Easter suit.