Mum livid over parents’ comments in playground after arriving straight from work

One mum was left furious over fellow parents’ comments after she picked her child up from school straight after a long work shift.

The hard-working mum, who works 12 hours overnight in a factory, didn’t have time to change before dropping her son off.

She typically wears the same outfits as her shift at a factory – where she cleans the machines, according to The Mirror.

And she was left furious after overhearing a fellow parent complain she “stinks” while they stood on the playground.

Taking to Mumsnet, she explained: “When I’m doing the school run I wear the same clothes as I work 12 hour nights 8-8 and my son starts school at 8.45.

“I wear the same clothes to work because I work in a factory and I don’t want to ruin good clothes.

“The other day I was waiting for the teacher to open the door with some other parents when I heard one of the parents say to the other that I stink. This annoyed me but I didn’t say anything.”

She added: “The annoying part is that these women don’t work. They drop their kids off at school and then God knows what, they have no idea the 12-hour shift I’ve just done and how hard me and my husband work to be able to afford the luxuries we have.

Cleaner with mop and uniform cleaning hall floor of public business building
The mum works at a factory where she cleans the machines
(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“I don’t want my son picked on at school because parents are going around saying I stink. It’s annoying as hell. I can’t get changed after work because there just isn’t time.”

Describing her job, she added: “I clean the machines in a meat factory, it takes more than wet wipes to get clean. I don’t want him picked on because of it.

“I wear overalls at work but mainly the smell just lingers because of what I’ve been doing. There’s no blood or anything on my clothes, it’s cooked meat I clean.”

Some people were sympathetic to the woman, as one fellow mum fumed: “Wow! That’s awful. Great role models for their children. I’d feel really angry but also hurt too, it would take you straight back to the playground if you weren’t already there wouldn’t it?”

Another added: “The other parents are a*******s. Please just ignore them, if they end up with offspring as delightful as them and your child starts being teased, raise this with the school directly so their ‘darlings’ can be pulled up on their behaviour.”

However, one argued: “Was it a bit cruel to mention? Yes. But seriously- 12 hours cleaning equipment in a meat factory – I’d imagine there is an aroma.

“You’re not going to change how they see you, or smell you, unless you either change before drop off, which you say is impossible or confront the parent and explain your situation.”


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