Mom’s Message for Pumpkin Thief Goes Viral [IMAGE]

    October 30, 2013
    Erika Watts
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It’s no secret that when someone wrongs a woman’s child, the claws come out–or in this case, a cardboard sign with an expletive. After someone stole her 2-year-old’s pumpkin, Becky Reina of Washington, D.C. left a not-so-friendly sign on her porch for the pumpkin thief. The sign was spotted by a blogger for Left for LeDroit, who wasted no time in posting it online. Check it out:


To the person who stole my son’s pumpkin: Thank you for the life lesson. This will teach him that sometimes people are mean for no reason and you have to just brush it off.

Because my son is 2-yrs-old and cannot read this sign, I will add:

You are an asshole.

Reina said that her family put out four carved pumpkins on their porch–one each for herself, her husband and her two kids. When they went out one morning last week, the family saw that someone had made off with her 2-year-old son Tommy’s pumpkin.

“On Thursday we came out and there were only three pumpkins,” Reina told WJLA. “Pumpkins get smashed, pumpkins get stolen, of course,” the mom said. “I was really just mad because it was only his pumpkin [they stole].”

Since the blogger posted the picture of Reina’s message for the pumpkin thief, it has gone viral. Reina says she has been contacted by numerous media outlets about the sign, including one from across the Atlantic in England.

The LeDroit Park mom has no way of knowing whether the pumpkin thief has spotted the sign yet, but says “I do hope they see the sign, and I hope they feel bad about it.”

Reina’s sign for the pumpkin thief has gotten all sorts of comments. Some call her a “hero mom” while others crack down on her for using bad language.

One user identified as Mary said, “The problem with this sign is that it completely ignores the fact that there are other children (older than her 2 year old) who actually can read and now will ask their parents what an ‘asshole’ is. I understand the frustration over the situation, but lets not be so self-involved with our own children that we forget about other children. I hope this sign comes down ASAP.”

What do you think about the mom’s reaction? Respond below.

The thief that made off with the toddler’s pumpkin isn’t the only person who is trying to mess up Halloween for kids. A woman in North Dakota has decided to hand out letters to overweight kids this year instead of candy.

[Images via LeftForLeDroit]
  • Rob

    The sad thing is it was probably another young kid that took the pumpkin with that being said if you don’t want your children reading it use the parental controls on your computer..Give them hell MoM

  • thomas

    there is a bigger story , these are middle class wealthy folks that have invaded impoverished urban areas.i BET THEY HAVE NO RAPPORT WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. yes poor kids act differently than wealthy kids especially when you are a invader and exhibit the invader attitude……SURPRISE
    and yes I do live in D.C. and i have seen a lot of these types of people .

  • RaxP

    So, thomas, you know these people are wealthy, are “invaders”, and apparently have an attitude. Do you know them? Or live near by? In any case, it seems you think someone is justified in taking one of their pumpkins. Really?? I sure hope that you don’t “invade” MY neighborhood.

  • Sarah

    Sometimes, you have to call something by its correct name. A person who steals for personal gain is a thief. A person who steals just to be cruel is a genuine, bona fide A-hole. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this mom a “hero,” but I do think she’s justified in her anger and her sign. I’d probably do the same–with a few f words thrown in for good measure–if someone stole my son’s pumpkin. (Mine would cry for days. He loves pumpkins.)

    I have to laugh over the concern about other kids reading the naughty word on the sign and asking their parents questions. Oooh! Scary! Heaven forbid that a child should see something new and ask their parents about it. That’s less about protecting kids and more about protecting parents from being asked uncomfortable questions. It irks me to no end when a person finds something offensive and doesn’t have the maturity to own up to it. Instead, they have to bring someone else into it to validate their own feelings, usually children, who would rather play with their toys and watch SpongeBob than worry over whether their delicate sensibilities are being offended.