Mother speaks out after being cyber bullied for picture of Christmas tree
After Emma Tapping proudly shared holiday-spirited pictures on her Instagram page, she surprisingly faced what she felt was an unwarranted amount of judgement and hatred from thousands of strangers. Without her knowledge, the picture was snagged from her Instagram and posted to a Facebook page.
"It's nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have," the post read. "Just remember [there] are a lot of children who won't get much."
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The 35-year-old mother of three is a self-proclaimed thrifty shopper -- she's so proud of this handy skill, in fact, that she even blogs about it to help others save money the way she does.
Despite this talent, which Tapping undoubtedly used when creating the mountain of gifts that sits beneath (and front of) her tree, several parents who shared the post described the UK mother as "ridiculous," "disgusting" and several other harsh adjectives. They even went so far as to bash Tapping's children:
"This is a perfect example of spoiled brats," read one post, "...kids that think life is fair and everything is served on a silver platter!!! Come on do some good teach your kids to appreciate what they have and to help others!!!!! Donate some!"
As it became clear that this picture was going viral, Tapping decided to contribute her own two cents, sharing a Facebook post defending herself from all the haters that not only judged what they saw, but also took it upon themselves to say untrue things about her.
"The presents under the tree are for my children, myself, my partner and my mother, not just the kids," she said in the post. "This picture was put on my Instagram along with picture of homemade decorations I had made with the kids. It was taken, [screenshoted] and blasted all over [Facebook] without my knowledge. It was not done as a 'bragging parent.'"
The hate-blasting mom went so far as to offer her bargaining help to shoppers who might not be so savvy in providing more for their families at a lower cost: "I would happily help anyone find the bargains or give tips on how I save."
"I think how I spend my money on my children is my choice."
Clearly, haters have not ruined Tapping's holiday spirit.
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