|Published:||Nov 06, 2013 10:54 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 06, 2013 10:55 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla - A toy made for kids as young as four is causing controversy in Southwest Florida.
A Playmobil set that depicts an armed bank robbery has some parents alarmed that it's for sale in local stores.
The scenario plays out right on the front of the box. A blonde doll wearing sunglasses walks into a bank, armed with a gun. She point it right at the managers face and while smiling, he hands over cash and gold.
"I know it's a toy, but I don't like it," says parent Sandi Gregory. "I think it's inappropriate."
We showed parents the box and asked them if it was something they would get their kids. Paul Fleetwood says, "definitely not. I don't know what their point is with it at all."
Playmobil says it has been making playsets like this for 35 years. In a statement they say, "it is important that children can be taught, through play, the importance of recognizing good from evil and baddies from goodies."
But, one mother points out, this playset teaches no good. "They don't have police officers or anything in here to show right from wrong. Right now it looks like fun. They're teaching that this is fun and good," says Gregory.
On the box, the toy is aimed for children ages four to 10. We even heard concerns from gun advocates. "It's just very alarming when you show me this," says Martin Farley. "I don't take this easily. It's definitely alarming to me."
A manager at Fowler's Firearms in Fort Myers said he does not think the toy is appropriate because it does not promote gun safety.