A mother has been abused for letting her daughter eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in public.

The mum, who remained anonymous, posed a question to users on parenting forum UrbanBaby asking if it was unacceptable to eat peanut butter in public, according to Yahoo 7.

The mum wrote her daughter, DD, was eating the sandwich in a shopping trolley in Target when a woman stopped to “lecture” her about peanut allergies.

The mum added she doesn’t send her daughter to school with foods containing nuts but feels outside of that there is “no specific rule” and “it’s fair game”.

Many forum users were critical of the mum with some going as far as calling her an “awful, s***** parent”.

Other parents did defend her, claiming it’s not her responsibility to look after other people’s children.

Oh gosh! I have done this before and never really thought about it. Bad mum. I did think twice about a nut muesli bar my son had at the footy one day though.

Are you wary when giving your kids snacks in public?

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  • wow…..I think thats super rude of people to comment. I know its hard if you have allergies but seriously you cant expect everyone other there not to eat something because it upsets you. Has tough as it is you need to be responsible for you.


  • It never used to be an issue years ago. I never even thought about what my kids ate when we were out of the home. You can’t be responsible for other peoples allergies because they don’t wear a sign saying so.


  • I am sure that parents and/or their children who have alergies would take precautions when out in public anyway. if they are worried that a little of the peanut butter would remain on the trolley, they should take precautions of taking antibacterial wipes with them to wipe the trolley down anyway.

    i have never restricted my children’s food out in public and never will.

    For all those who don’t agree with me. Too Bad.


  • No not at all and it is no business of other’s what my child eats.


  • No, I was never wary of what I gave my son to eat in public.


  • Not something I would give my child but each to their own


  • This is a tricky one that I had never really thought about before. If the child had put their hands all over the trolley and left behind traces of peanuts – this could be life threatening for some.


  • I think this is a classic example of nut allergy fear mongering getting out of control. Nuts are served in restaurants as are seafood. I can understand in schools but outside of that people should be free to eat what they like.


  • I don’t think shopping trolleys are the place to be feeding kids, why not make sure they are fed before you go shopping or stop at a park or even sit in the car before hand. I don’t think it is very hygienic to be eating in shops it annoys me seeing people do this.


  • So did the woman that complained go and ask all supermarkets, etc, to not sell nuts? No, the mum who gave the child that sandwich is not a bad mum, the other woman should mind her own business.


  • If we were to cater for all allergies no one would be able to leave their homes and physical shops won’t exist.


  • Whats next? Banning peanuts all together? I get the fear of allergies, but if you’re aware it can be managed.


  • Out in public I wipe down the handle on the trolley so I know it is safe. It is up to me and my daughter is learning what not to touch and keep her pen close. It would be an impossible world if we had to think of all the hazards of living with others. At school she maybe be safer but there is still a problem if someone has not cleaned their hands/clothes properly.


  • I can only imagine what it is like for a Mum & kids with allergies. It would be scary being out in public. Sorry to those with allergies. I do understand to some degree, I have asthma attacks and migraines triggered by common things such as dust, pollen, fragrances, cigarette smoke, smoke.
    But in saying that, I go out knowing I have to do my best to avoid said triggers and have my medication in the event I am triggered. I would love people to not mow their lawns as I drive past their house, and people not to smoke in the car park or have strong perfume on, but the reality is, these things happen pretty much every time I go out.
    So no, food allergens are a reality in public, and we just have to do what we can to avoid ourselves getting triggered, or our children. It is not up to the public to stop consuming foods that may cause an allergic reaction. Considering every food can be a potential allergen to someone, it would require the public to NEVER eat in public again, only in the privacy of their home.


  • That’s like telling an adult not to have a peanut butter sandwich or nut snacks at work.. being pregnant I’m craving Peanut butter and I always have one when I’m at work, I do take extra precautions and wash my hands ect after iv eaten it but far out… there’s gotta be a line…


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