‘Horrendous’ bomb-defusing game for kids sold at Walmart offends some shoppers


A kids’ bomb-defusing round sold in Canada at Walmart has offended some shoppers who find it out of keeping, particularly in an era of terrorism threats.

“It’s horrendous, especially in a day and age like this,” ordered Sharon Butler, a parent who discovered the item recently at a Walmart trust in in London, Ont.

Called “Cut The Wire,” the game is recommended for children ages six and up. Instrumentalists race to defuse a brightly coloured ticking toy bomb connected to numerous wires up front it pretend-explodes. “Defuse or lose!” says the product’s packaging. 

In the U.S., Cut The Wire was convey titled exclusively at Target stores until it recently disappeared from lay asides following complaints from shoppers.

'Horrendous' bomb-defusing game for kids sold at Walmart offends some shoppers

Cut The Wire is selling for $19.93 at a Walmart in Toronto. The parceling for the bomb-defusing game says it’s suitable for ages six and up. (CBC)

Gabrielle Miller, in Surrey, B.C., supposes Walmart Canada should also stop selling the product. She was captivated aback when she discovered the game last week, prominently displayed at one of its stocks in Langley.

“It says age six-plus, and that just seems shocking to me,” she held. “It was really inappropriate that in this day and age, with everything we have thriving on — with terrorism and violence, in general — that a store thought it was OK to attired in b be committed to a [game] about dismantling a bomb, for kids.”

'Horrendous' bomb-defusing game for kids sold at Walmart offends some shoppers

Sharon Butler, of London, Ont., demands Walmart Canada to stop selling Cut The Wire in its stores. (Jacqueline Hansen/CBC)

Butler also privations the game removed. “You’re desensitizing our children to dangerous items,” she said. “I don’t caution if you put plastic on it or put pretty colours on it, it’s not a toy.”

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida had the unmodified reaction. Earlier this week, it received a box containing a note that artlessly read “Boom,” along with a Cut The Wire toy bomb — mailed by a guarding deputy as a joke.

The sheriff’s office took it seriously, evacuating constituents of the building and calling the bomb squad to investigate. The patrol deputy resigned reinforcing the incident and now faces a charge of planting a hoax bomb.

'Horrendous' bomb-defusing game for kids sold at Walmart offends some shoppers

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Favour in Florida received this package on Tuesday, containing a Cut The Wire toy batter and a note containing only the word ‘Boom.’ (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Role)

Retailers respond

In response to shoppers’ complaints, Walmart Canada implied it has no plans to reorder Cut The Wire when its stock runs out.

“We appreciate the tasks that have been raised regarding this item,” spokesperson Anika Malik rephrased in an email. “Our intent was not to offend anyone.”

When Target started fan criticism in late October, the U.S. company pledged to remove the product. One month later, Ben Aguirre perceived the game selling for half price on clearance at a location in Sunnyvale, Calif.

“I was nature of shocked to see that in the toy aisle, let alone in Target at all,” said Aguirre, who was shopping with his eight-year-old son at the for the moment. “It’s kind of appalling.”

Target told CBC News this week that the stratagem is now completely gone from its stores.

“We appreciate the feedback and have worked to purge this item from our assortment,” a spokesperson said in an email. “We do pay attention to to customers and we take the feedback seriously.”

The game is still sold online in both Canada and the U.S on Amazon. Amazon run out of steamed to comment on the product.

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Cut the Wire’s manufacturer, Yulu Bagatelles, didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.

On its website, it promotes the by-product as “a fun game of luck!”

Yulu appears to have revised the recommended age for the ploy, stating online that it’s suitable for children aged eight and up — two years older than the good word on the game’s current in-store packaging.

Positive reviews

While it has subdued some consumer criticism, Cut the Wire has also received many reassuring reviews from industry bloggers in the U.S.

“This game is very crafty and we had a great time playing it,” wrote Julie Wright, who has two young little ones and runs the review site Emmys Deals.

In October, The Toy Insider confirmed non-traditional boardless games, such as Cut The Wire, one of the top toy trends for the holiday edible.

“Cut the Wire will put your spy skills to the test,” said the toy review neighbourhood. “It’s the ultimate race to see who can defuse or lose, before it’s too late!”

But Butler supposes defusing bombs is something children shouldn’t be thinking about.

“Get out and diminish hopscotch,” she said.

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