Groupon, a deal-of-the-day website that started in Chicago and went on to expand in hundreds of location worldwide, just isolated itself from the food allergy community by allowing this ridiculous post on their website:
The Groupon Kidz Quorner: Your Ultimate Tree House
Hey, kids who have unlocked the awesome secret of reading! Here's your guide to building the ultimate tree house, tree fort, or awkward tree duplex you share with your former best friend who changed during summer camp. Let's get started!
- Find a tree in the backyard that can support your ambitious plans and the growth spurt your lying mother insists is coming "any day now."
- A well-armed tree fort needs plenty of ammunition. Fill your tin buckets with as many collected chestnuts, pine cones, dog bones, unseasonal snowballs, and dad tools as you can find lying around.
- A good fort layout is still available in the 1952 Dennis The Menace story arc entitled A Few Good Menace, where noted terrible boy Dennis the Menace starts a counterfeit money ring.
- Ditch that outdated "No girls allowed" sign in favor of the modern "No peanut allergies allowed."
- Why go up into a tree, when you could go down into a well and become a TV star?!
Speechless? So am I.
I was first made aware of its existence yesterday via Jodie Hommer, founder and leader of Spokane Food Allergy and Support Network. She contacted Groupon and requested that the offensive post be taken down. Groupon replied a few hours later, apologizing and claiming that the feature has been changed. I followed this link and apparently the post is still up. What do YOU think of it?
Update: the post is still up and some of the comments on it are downright insulting. Apparently, parents of kids with peanut allergies don't have much of a sense of humor?!?! We're "taking it all wrong"? If only it were that simple.