After Funky Pigeon sent him the wrong Father’s Day card, a father was accused of cheating and had his TV, phone, and laptop shattered by his spouse.
Darren Wilson was supposed to get a card from his daughter Darcy in the mail, but the company made a mistake and put the wrong card in the envelope addressed to the father of six.
Instead of a message from his 22-year-old child, a card with a photograph of a tiny infant and the words ‘Happy 1st Father’s Day Pops!’ came on his doormat, with the message ‘Happy 1st Father’s Day Pops!’ – which also happens to be his real children’s nickname.
Kerry, Darren’s partner, saw the card first and claims she became enraged when she couldn’t reach him, breaking his TV, laptop, and phone.
Darren, the operations manager from Bexleyheath, London, said: “It was addressed to me and came on Monday morning.
“My partner opened it while I was at work. She’s a little paranoid because I was a nasty kid 15 years ago. But that’s all changed now.
“It was right there. A card featuring a picture of a young boy or girl, no older than six months, and the words ‘Pops’ printed on it.”
“It wouldn’t be so horrible if it was a generic Father’s Day letter,” the 52-year-old said, “but my kids call me Pops.” It didn’t have Mark, Paul, or John written on it, but it did have the nickname that all of my children refer to me by.
“Needless to say, she went completely insane, and it’s not her fault she’s suspicious because I was a bad boy 15 years ago.”
“To be honest, it’s a lovely card, but it’s reignited my worries.
“It’s a simple process. It’s not a difficult task. I’ve heard of Moonpig, but I’m not familiar with Funky Pigeon. To them, it’s a minor blunder, but to me, it’s a life-threatening situation.
“I’m having trouble because they haven’t done their job properly.” They said they’d send me the card my daughter had planned to send for free, but what does that mean in terms of apologies?
“They’ve mailed the card to Joe Bloggs, therefore I’ve lost my laptop, TV, and personal phone.” They need to be held responsible for this.”
Kerry, 44, says she’s “a little ashamed” about her reaction, but she was particularly offended when the card was addressed to ‘Pops,’ which she thought was far too coincidental for her partner not to be the father.
She described herself as “full of anger and sadness.” “Everything was going on at the same time.” Because there has been cheating on both sides, I already have trust issues.
“I just thought to myself, ‘Oh God, not again,’ and it had to have happened recently since it was a young baby.”
“I’m already fiery.” I was simply throwing anything I could get my hands on.
“I went to check his texts on his phone, but it was password-protected, so I ended up smashing it.”
“I tried contacting his office phone but was unable to connect. I was even considering going down to his office to confront him, but I was talked out of it by a friend.”
“In any case, none of this is an excuse. I didn’t realize it was a genuine mistake until I read the email from Funky Pigeon.
“It was a huge misunderstanding, and I’m ashamed of how I handled myself.”
“We’ve settled now.”
Funky Pigeon’s spokesperson said: “We understand how important Father’s Day is to our consumers, and we go out of our way to make things right for them.
“We would like to express our sincere regret for this accident; it was caused by a human error that was quickly corrected.
“We apologize for the trouble this has caused our customer and have reissued the card appropriately along with a full refund and will also offer a gift from our popular gift selection collection.”
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