Store Clerk Calls Dressing A Girl In A Boy’s Suit ‘Child Abuse’ And She’s Not Joking

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maddie-giordano-cbs-screen-capGiving kids the freedom to express themselves seems like common sense, but as we all know, common sense isn’t so common. A store clerk in a Texas clothing shop proved this recently when she shamed a mom and accused her of child abuse for allowing her adorable five-year-old daughter to wear a suit.

Raw Story reports Jennifer Giordano took her daughter, Maddie, to a local shop called Martha’s Miniatures to find a special Easter outfit this past Saturday. Maddie, who Jennifer says has preferred to wear boys’ clothing since age three, quickly bypassed the dresses and began shopping for a new suit, eliciting a strong reaction from the store’s clerk.

“The woman’s face was just a face of disgust,” Giordano said. “She told me that I was promoting wrong behavior, that parents should not let their children choose the way that they dress if it’s cross-gendered.”

Giordano says Maddie left the store humiliated and in tears. The mom then recounted the story on social media and people began sharing it, also stopping by the shop’s Facebook page to leave comments and give one star reviews. Not long after, the clerk got on the store’s official page to defend herself in the most ridiculous way imaginable.

“I was so shocked she asked for a boys suit for the child,” the clerk posted. “I asked her why she was encouraging this. This is child abuse from the mother.”

The store’s Facebook page was eventually removed and they’ve ignored all requests for comment. No word yet on whether or not the clerk was catapulted to the moon, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

The thing that really gets me about this clerk’s thought process is how she’s totally convinced it’s ‘child abuse’ to allow children to be who they are, but not at all harmful to shame them for who they are and publicly humiliate them. I feel like there’s some flawed logic working overtime in that scenario.

Supporting kids and giving them space to safely and freely express themselves isn’t going to damage them. If anything, it makes them stronger, happier, and more compassionate people. It’s a shame this clerk can’t stop clutching her pearls long enough to see that. I hope she was at least wearing a dress as she made her crusade against the evils of dressing ‘like a boy.’ Wouldn’t want to be a hypocrite and an asshole.

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