The mother, who didn’t name herself, works 12-hour overnight shifts cleaning machines in a meat factory and doesn’t have time to change before dropping her son off. So she often wears the same clothes to drop her son off at school but, last week, she heard another parent comment on her smell.
Writing on Mumsnet, the angry mum said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
She went on to describe her labour-intensive role in the factory, Mirror Online reports.
The post continues: “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.”
The mother received a great deal of support on Mumsnet and social media platforms.
One forum user wrote: “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 shared: “The other parents are arseholes. 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, others showed less sympathy to original poster.
“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,” one mum wrote.
“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,” another said.
Mumsnet is an internet forum, created in 2000 by Justine Roberts, for discussion between parents of children and teenagers. It made a revenue of more than £8 million, the latest statistics show.