A mum’s horror after her young son was able to buy a knife from a supermarket has prompted retail bosses to change their sales policy.
Natalie Greaves, from Longley, Sheffield, was highly alarmed when her 10-year-old son Shay returned from Tesco’s store Herries Road store with a pumpkin carving kit that included a tool with a metal serrated blade.
Spooked that there was no age restriction on the chilling Halloween product she contacted staff with her concerns.
“I went berserk when he came home with it,” said Natalie, aged 34.
“I couldn’t believe that he could pick that sort of thing up as a child - there should have been an age restriction on it.
“If the tool can cut through a pumpkin I’m sure it could cut through skin.
“Shay bought it with the intention of doing a pumpkin but if he had fallen over with it in his hand or pocket he could have injured himself.
“I was also concerned that if he’d not shown it to me he might have naively taken it into school and then what would have been the outcome?”
Natalie added: “It could have landed him in trouble.”
She looked up the haunting product online and discovered similar kits did carry an over-18 age restriction.
When she contacted the store the mum-of-three said customer service staff told her the cashier had not done anything wrong as the kit Shay bought stated children required adult supervision to use it but not to buy it.
But now the store has now put an age restriction on all its products which include pumpkin carving knives.
Natalie added: “I’d given Shay a little bit of money to go to the shops.
“He said the set only cost £1 – it would make it easy for other children to pick up at that price.”
A Tesco spokesman said they had taken prompt action.
He said: “We follow a strict Think 25 policy.
“We were concerned by this incident and acted immediately to ensure all pumpkin carving knives will trigger an age restriction till prompt.”