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It’s Never Ok To Leave Look-Alike Dolls On Kid’s Porches

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dollsWhen I was a kid, for whatever reason, my mother and grandmothers started giving me porcelain dolls as gifts for Christmas or my birthday. I was maybe five years old at the time and I remember being a little confused- it’s a doll, but I can’t play with it? Those creepy effing dolls numbered maybe seven or eight total by the time I was 10 years old and just stood atop my tall dresser on display. This dresser was right next to my bed so those unholy, deadened eyes were staring at me all night as I slept. It didn’t give me nightmares or any kind of unhealthy relationship with my own bedroom. I only used a night light until I was 20.

These dolls were entirely creepy enough on their own and were some kind of weird adolescent burden as I couldn’t very well get rid of them and hurt my mom’s and granny’s feelings so they just lived in my room until I moved out and forced my mother to keep them. That said, I cannot imagine how I would have felt if one of these dolls looked exactly like me or, even worse, looked like me and magically arrived on my doorstep one day with no explanation. This is exactly what happened in a Southern California neighborhood this week. From a link sent to us by loyal reader Kelly, via The New York Times:

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that someone had left the dolls wearing nightgowns and lace dresses at as many as eight homes in a San Clemente neighborhood this week.

The families were worried because they felt each doll resembled a young girl who lived in the house, setting off an investigation and call for public help in finding who had placed them.

But later Thursday the sheriff’s department said it found the person responsible and the intent had been goodwill. No further details were released.

This story came out yesterday before the police had found the culprit and now, apparently, it has been discovered that this person had “good intentions”. I am sorry, but their intentions are creepy and misguided. How about knocking on the door and letting the family know why the hell you are giving them a porcelain doll that eerily resembles a child living in their house? Or at the very least, leaving a note?

The police can tell me all day long that this person’s intentions were good but I still say this was beyond wrong. I cannot imagine how terrified I would be if I came home to a porcelain doll of unknown origin that just happened to strongly resemble my daughter sitting on my doorstep. It would bring back all of my childhood porcelain doll nightmares and mesh them with my parenthood “harm coming to my child” nightmares for a potent blend of horror only quash-able by Xanax and vodka martinis. So I say, screw good intentions. It is never ok to leave look-alike dolls on kid’s porches without explanation.

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108 Comments

  1. CMJ

    July 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

    • Valerie

      July 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Exactly. I would still be weirded out but at least I wouldn’t be scared for my kid’s life! All I could think of was the dad and son from the movie Ted. “You’re my little sixpence, my pretty little sixpence”

    • Lilly

      July 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I agree with the leave a note but I kind of wonder if maybe it was someone who was developmentally disabled based on the police reaction?

    • lyn

      July 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Maybe she wanted to remain anonymous. None of us know what was going on in her mind, or what her intentions really were although I would guess that she didn’t mean to cause harm or hurt anyone.

    • My2bits

      July 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      I heard on the radio that it was an elderly woman who went to church with all of the families. Bless her heart. She just wanted to leave a sweet surprise for the girls. I feel so bad for her. Don’t misunderstand me, I would be REALLY creeped out if a look-a-like doll of my daughter landed on our doorstep, but I still hate that she was trying to do a good thing and it turned out so badly for her.

    • Smishsmash

      July 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Yeah, I kind of assumedit was some sweet little old granny trying to be nice too and just going about it the wrong way. I hope after it was discovered she was trying to be nice, someone gave her a hug because she must have felt terrible!

    • Kitsune

      July 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Upvoting because he is one of the only reasons I still watch that hot mess of a show.

  2. wispy

    July 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I just read about this on FB and was seriously creeped out. When I started dating my now-husband his mom would anonymously send me dolls in the mail. They started out being these 6 inch long sleeping baby doll things that were beyond creepy. I had no clue who was sending them and would throw them away or take them to Goodwill. We finally figured out it was his mom and I made him tell her nicely to please stop sending them and she did for a few months. Then she started it back up again but then it was the life size baby dolls. I googled one of them and it was like $150! It was so creepy and weirdly funny that I propped it up sitting next to the fireplace and my cats would walk by and hiss at it lol. A year after we got married she finally got the hint and stopped sending them. Thank GOD.

    • Valerie

      July 25, 2014 at 10:53 am

      EWWWWWW forever! So weird!!

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

      This was one of them! Whoever got Baby Matthew at Goodwill got a good deal!

      http://www.onlinecollectibles.com/topproducts/babymatthew.htm

    • Valerie

      July 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Oh God no.

    • JenH1986

      July 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

      That’s just weird. Did you ever get a reason for the dolls?

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

      She said my husband told her I liked them, which I know he didn’t. Then she was like “Oh I guess he meant you liked troll dolls so I will send those instead.” I was like please no, please no, please no.

    • JenH1986

      July 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

      wow. Just…wow.

    • Larkin

      July 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      This is the most amazing story that I’ve ever heard… and I’m so, so glad it happened to you and not me. Because hell no.

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      hahaha I’m glad IHTM too because it’s a fun story to tell!

    • Surly Canuck

      July 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

      What the hell? You have the patience of a saint. Not sure I would be able to deal with those kind of surprises. Did she ever explain why she was sending them to you?

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 11:22 am

      She said my husband told her I liked dolls when he first told her about me which I KNOW he didn’t. When I finally went to her house I saw that she had the little ones scattered all over the place and there was one on each nightstand–fun! She has always been pretty out of it, so who knows.

    • Surly Canuck

      July 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

      At least her heart was in the right place. =s I thought maybe she was trying to hint it was time to start a family.

    • K2

      July 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

      OK, most dolls I find creepy, but baby Matthew is actually kinda cute! I wouldn’t want him but that’s because I have way too much stuff cluttering up my life already 😉

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Baby Matthew was probably the least scary one! I did debate keeping him to get my pets used to the idea of a baby in the house before I had kids, but when they started hissing at him at the fireplace that idea went out the window lol.

    • Kelly

      July 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

      OMFG

    • Lilly

      July 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      did you ever figure out the motivation; did she want to scare you away, have you join her weird hobby, or was she trying to get you give her grandbabies?
      Honestly, that would make me doubt the whole idea of marrying into that family.

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      It’s been many years but looking back I think that was her attempt to “bond” or something. I don’t think she was trying to scare me away but she definitely could have!

    • keelhaulrose

      July 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      My mother in law once left the wedding ring she made for me with a bouquet of and a little plaque about love outside our door because she didn’t want the flowers to wilt in hot car all day as she visited sister in law. The problem? Hubby wanted to surprise me with the ring, but didn’t tell his mom to keep the secret. Because she didn’t know she thought I’d knew who had left it, and didn’t bother leaving a note. I got home from my morning classes to find this stuff (the ring is not traditional, so it’s not immediately obvious it’s a wedding ring)) waiting for me. I was so creeped out I went back to campus and locked myself in my organization’s office.
      I think it’s a mother-in-law’s job to make their son’s fiancee wonder what the hell she got herself into at least once.

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      lol!! That would be terrifying!

  3. Boozy Shark Lee

    July 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

    • Valerie

      July 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I just giggle snorted.

  4. Spongeworthy

    July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    My grandmother had a doll in her house that looked like Mr. Marbles. It was terrifying. My sister used to tell me that it was going to come and get me when I fell asleep. Thanks, sis. I didn’t need to sleep.

    http://www.sci-fi-london.com/sites/default/files/img/blog/sofia/1149/seinfeld.jpg

  5. Ursi

    July 25, 2014 at 11:03 am

    “Mommmyyyyy!”
    “What?”
    “Someone left a doll on the porch… and it looks like me.”
    “Welp. Time to move.”

    • Valerie

      July 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

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  6. JerseyGirl227

    July 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I watch way too much Criminal Minds for this…I’d have to move!

    • Valerie

      July 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Yup. Time for witness protection!

    • Surly Canuck

      July 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

      See and my first thought was Supernatural where a murderous ghost couldn’t be banished because a doll was made with the dead girl’s hair. Nope.

    • Michelle Pittman

      July 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      ahahahahhahaha!!! my actual comment on the post i saw on FB was: salt & burn that shit #callthewinchesters

    • Surly Canuck

      July 26, 2014 at 9:31 am

      And in all fairness, that’s my answer to almost everything.

    • Michelle Pittman

      July 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      aaaaahhh!!! the poor molested girl who kidnapped women and turned them into dolls…so freaking creepy!!!! that had to be a gubler directed episode…his always creep me out

  7. Jessie

    July 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Oh that is about fifteen pounds of NOPE in a five-pound bag.

    This would be me upon opening my door to find one of those things:
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/TabooSushi/GIFs/tumblr_inline_miww1fAMS01rxdpz4_zps54f13a93.gif

  8. Katherine Handcock

    July 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I can actually see the “good intentions” behind this. I can totally picture some lonely person who loves making dolls thinking, “Oh, look! There’s a little girl who lives in that house. I bet she’d love a doll. Won’t it be magical when a doll that looks just like her appears? MAGICAL!”

    Which it would be…if you knew the family. And their daughter. And knew she wanted a doll.

    • Ursi

      July 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Yeah but then I’m trying to think about someone having this train of thought who isn’t a serial killer and I’m coming up short.

    • Katherine Handcock

      July 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

      I’ve known people who did things like that (when they knew and asked the family), and it was very much that they were lonely, loved kids, and liked the idea of creating something magical and special for a child. I guess whoever this was just doesn’t have the social awareness to realize that’s not the way it will be received if it’s totally unexpected and come from a stranger.

    • Ursi

      July 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

      aww I’m sorry. I know what you mean. That is sweet and sad to think about.

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

      lol Maybe next time she should put the doll clothes on teddy bears, or something friendlier than a creepy doll, so the whole neighborhood won’t want to flee.

    • Ursi

      July 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Maybe instead of the whole doll they could just deliver the doll in pieces so the family would gradually come to realize it was the image of their child and it wouldn’t be as startling.

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

      LOLOL Brilliant!!

    • Katherine Handcock

      July 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Oh, man, that’s the start of a thriller novel right there.

    • lyn

      July 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      It wouldn’t matter…the freaks would then find a way to make teddy bears creepy.

    • wispy

      July 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      This is true. And an anonymous teddy bear would still be creepy.

    • CMP414

      July 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Part of me feels bad for the lady but I’m still super creeped out.

    • Michelle Pittman

      July 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      if they’re 90 or older – only acceptable excuse – but then again i watch too much criminal minds & supernatural and i can totally imagine a 90 year old lady poisoning someone with pie to hack them apart

  9. libraryofbird

    July 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

    One year for Christmas I received a beautiful porcelain doll, she had a pretty pink velvet dress, and lovely light brown hair and while I was holding her up to admire her my sister leaned over and whispered “if you hold a doll up by their armpits they will come alive at night” thanks for the need for fucking therapy, asshole.

  10. Courtney Lynn

    July 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Definitely not okay. If I came home and saw that, the first thing I would think is, “stalker”, “child predator”. Hell no. Then they could just contend with my 6’6″ husband.

  11. Tea

    July 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This sounds like the start of a perfectly good creepypasta.

  12. CMP414

    July 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Regardless of her intentions this is seriously creepy for so many reasons. Those dolls are freaky enough as it is. My daughter has gotten a few and I have kept them in the closet because they totally seem like they are watching you.

  13. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    July 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I dunno. I think it depends on the circumstances. There are cases where someone just…doesn’t realize how the action comes across.

    Imagine that it’s an older person. Maybe a little elderly lady that has collected these dolls for years. Perhaps she’s all alone, perhaps her mind is going a bit. She sees neighborhood kids that resemble her dolls. She thinks, “Ah, wouldn’t it be magical if they just woke up to the doll that looks like them?” Might not have even understood that the actions would be interpreted as weird or creepy.

    • joanne

      July 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      The article I read said it was almost that exact scenario. She was an elderly woman and had these dolls and wanted to do a nice surprise for the kiddos in the neighborhood. She didn’t really understand that thanks to a lot of television and movies porcelain dolls are now considered almost universally creepy.

      As to the resemblance thing, she matched vague skin tone and hair tone where she could. Not like she had made carbon copies of the kids and given them dolls just like them.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      July 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Yeah, I really think some of the facts were blown out of proportion to make for a more clickable story by various news outlets. I feel like she just probably…didn’t know any better, you know?

    • Korine

      July 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I really hope she’s not aware of how blown out of proportion this got. It breaks my heart a little to think of her feeling badly about it.

    • guest

      July 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Definitely written at a slant. I never once got “creeped” out reading the article itself, (just a little bit confused at how scared of a doll the author seems to be) I just figured the same as you did. I’m more creeped out by the mass reaction of “oh my god it’s a pedophile I’d move right away this is crazy insane” reactions. Clickbait.

  14. Rachel Sea

    July 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This is the premise of a horror story.

    • keelhaulrose

      July 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I’m just waiting to see which crime drama show features this first.

    • Rachel Sea

      July 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      X-Files sort of had one, “Chinga,” it was fucked up.

    • Ursi

      July 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around….that’s what it’s all about…

    • Rachel Sea

      July 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      “I want to play”

  15. Kitsune

    July 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I had a nightmare when I was little about the dolls that rested on my shelf. In it I “woke up” to hear them whispering. They realized I was awake and got quiet. Then all three turned to look at me and hissed with sharp pointy teeth. I have been scared of dolls coming to life ever since. I had nightmares when I learned the doll in The Conjuring is real and in Connecticut. Not far enough away.

    • Ursi

      July 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      I totally believe in that doll and will never set foot in that museum.

  16. Tea

    July 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    If a doll that looked like me appeared out of no-where I’d assume it was sent by the Other Mother and just move house.

  17. lyn

    July 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I think this has been blown out of proportion. If you are that scared of a porcelain doll, you have some issues. Poor lady is probably feeling horrible and scared about what freaks out there might do to her because she was trying to do something nice, with no intentions of doing harm. I will agree that she probably should of chosen another method of delivery, but since she is elderly, her mind may not be 100%!

    She’ll probably never try and do something nice again, which is sad.

    • Ursi

      July 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Yeah but meanwhile we’re all feeling horrible and scared about what people who leave dolls on porches might do to us.

    • Guest

      July 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Which is what?

  18. TashaB

    July 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    One of my mom’s friends was a doll-maker, and for some brilliant reason, when I was about 15 or 16, my mom thought it would be a great idea to hire her friend to custom make a porcelain doll of me – and then give it to me for Christmas. I was very polite, but jeebus does it creep me out to have a doll version of 90s grunge teenager me.
    It is currently wrapped up in bubble wrap in a drawer which rarely gets used. I can’t bring myself to give it away or toss it because . . . creepy, creepy feelings reasons

  19. Shelly Lloyd

    July 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Totally off topic, but speaking of giving stuff away to goodwill; I was down at my local goodwill this morning and they had a whole complete set of Noritake china for $200. Damn. When did Goodwill start knowing their china sets? Gone are the days I could go out to thrift stores and find amazing deals on stuff like that.

    • ALE515

      July 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Was this Goodwill in a swanky neighborhood? The Goodwill in an artsy neighborhood near me sells high end clothing and it ain’t cheap!

    • Shelly Lloyd

      July 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Well it isn’t in the Swanky part of the city, but it isn’t all that far from it. But more importantly, who the heck gives away a compete Noritake set? I need to start a service where I will come to your house and pick up the china you plan to give to Goodwill…..Cheap stuff goes to goodwill, and I will keep the good stuff. 🙂

    • mattiereadsabook

      July 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      You have no idea. I work at a thrift store benefiting my elementary school and we get swanky stuff. Coach purses, banana republic clothes with the tags still on, a host of lucky brand jeans, we once got a pair of legit jimmy choo heels. And the antiques! I think people give away their fancy schmancy stuff because either a) they don’t know how much some people will buy it for, or b) they just don’t want the hassle of setting up an eBay or etsy account to get the full value on their early 1900s Amish quilt or high-tech telescope (yep, we’ve had both of those come through the store)

    • Kitsune

      July 25, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      The only Louis Vuitton I own I bought for seventy-five cents at a thrift store. It’s a Speedy and real. I think maybe some of that comes from estates people don’t want to deal with.

    • mattiereadsabook

      July 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      I love working there because I get to see everything first too, and pick and choose. So much Volcom/PINK/Hurley/Gap for so cheap! I honestly don’t understand why people wouldn’t search their local thrift stores first, my thrift store sells everything under the sun

    • Shelly Lloyd

      July 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I have thought about setting up an eBay or esty account to sell antiques and retro kitchen stuff. I don’t know, though, if it is worth the hassle. I’m starting to get to much stuff. But I can not let a vintage pyrex mixing bowl sit at goodwill. Or pass up a set of depression glasses at a yard sale.

    • OptimusPrime*

      July 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Ouch. My grandmother worked for the US government in the aftermath of WW2 (she was an American, a secretary). For cartons of cigarettes, she was able to buy an entire 20+ setting of Meissen. Too bad cigs are no longer valid currency for such things…

    • Shelly Lloyd

      July 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

      That is awesome. And Meissen isn’t something I see often over here even in the antique markets.

  20. Michelle Pittman

    July 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    too much like criminal minds LOL!

  21. Guest

    July 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    My initial thought was an elderly person who still thinks porcelain dolls are all the rage and thought they were doing a random act of kindness. The problem though is I’m assuming this person didn’t know all these families so it is still very creepy that they took the time to find houses with kids, pick a kid, and buy a doll that looks like her and then come back to drop it off. Creepy indeed but I’m still just hoping its a little old lady who wishes she had grand kids.

  22. ALE515

    July 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Elderly lady or not, this is creepy, and being old is not an excuse (old, not talking dementia or anything). My own grandmother thinks it’s creepy. But then again, I spent my life having my Mom terrorize me with a Charlie McCarthy doll, so I hate dolls!

    • Areyouallstunted?

      July 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Being old isn’t an excuse for what? Not realizing that so many supposed adults have a completely irrational fear of dolls, and that they’ll be rejected out of hand as a creeper for trying to do something nice?

    • ALE515

      July 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      She should have at least left a note. Plus leaving a doll that kind of looks like your kid, can come off as stalker-like, any adult can tell you that!

    • guest

      July 26, 2014 at 3:43 am

      “Any adult can tell you that”. Trust me, we don’t all think alike. And after reading all the drama that this nice lady created, simply by being kind, I am very grateful for that. Seriously, it wasn’t even like one kid was targeted, it was EIGHT. Does anyone in their right mind think there’s a stalker/creeper/pedophile trying to victimize EIGHT kids at once? All on the same street even? Good god, I hope this woman learned her lesson and never ever does something horrible like this again!

    • HeyNow

      July 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

      You don’t think a stalker or pedophile can target 8 people? You’re naive!

    • guest

      July 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Oh please. Stop being ridiculous.

    • guest

      July 26, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Yes, apparently there are now rules for being kind. It’s a damn doll, not everyone is so freaked out by them-I swear I’ve never seen so much hysteria in one place before.

  23. Elyne

    July 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I would be so creeped out. Thank you chuckie.
    http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnf65jDHgL1qe0fxmo1_500.gif

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  25. Bria

    July 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Am I the only person who read the original story and thought “it’s probably some old lady that lives in the neighborhood. Calm your tits”? Because seriously. Not everything done around or for kids is done by a kiddy rapist. Stop being so god damn alarmist and freaking out about shit that doesn’t need to be freaked out about.

    • Use

      July 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      No they were my exact thoughts too.

    • Jessifer

      July 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Me too. I’d think “Oh, who left this? Come here, sweetie, someone left you a surprise doll that kind of looks like you”. Then I’d resume eating my breakfast.

      I grew up in a really small town where I was taught not to assume the worst out of people. Maybe that makes me too naive or trusting, but it’s served me well so far.

    • guest

      July 26, 2014 at 12:27 am

      I know, this is almost like a joke. I seriously cannot believe people are freaking out like this.

    • Guest

      July 28, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Yup, my first thoughts too.

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

      July 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

      That’s what I thought, too. The creepy didn’t even occur to me.

  26. LK

    July 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Just a nice note on a some old lady stationary, and this all could have been avoided.

  27. ChickenKira

    July 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Kind of off topic of the point of the article, but I am so glad that I wasn’t the only teenager who felt burdened by the grandmother-purchased porcelain dolls that I really didn’t want (because pretty porcelain dolls in pastel pink fluffy dresses really didn’t mesh with the whole ‘goth’ thing 16yr old me was going for) but felt too guilty to throw out.
    My mother still has mine too.

    • Natasha B

      July 27, 2014 at 1:19 am

      My older, maiden aunt had a fondness for giving me tons of porcelain dolls, and anything ‘precious moments’. I thought we had gotten rid of them when I moved out, but my mom was cleaning out her basement recently and texted me a pic of a box of them (shudder).
      Same maiden aunt has taken to sending them to our oldest daughter, and they go straight to Goodwill….

  28. GORE

    July 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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  29. Guest

    July 27, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Somebody may have commented about this already but….. Does anyone remember the “go to the corner” dolls (or whatever they were called) they were a “thing” about 10 or so years ago-they were these little dolls dressed up usually in country type clothing and they would be in a corner standing with their heads on their arms (as if they’d been put in the naughty corner). Well, my Grandmother had them in her house and though they never told me the things creep ed my kids out… one day Grandma was helping load up our car and giving us “gifts” and all and she slipped one of those in the car trunk…. When the kids saw them they about lost it! I think the thing that really creeped them out was that (at least hers) they didn’t have faces on them.

  30. Tracy Sullivan Raheb

    July 27, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Someone may have mentioned this all ready but does anyone remember those “time out’ dolls that would stand in corners with their faces in their arms-in the “naughty corner” they would be dressed up in country clothes and stuff usually bonnets on the girls and some type of hat on the boys… anyways my Grandmother had them and unbeknownst to me they always creeped my kids out! One time we went to visit and Grandma decided to throw a couple of the dolls in the trunk of our car (she made them herself) as a present…. we didn’t notice them right away but when we stopped at a rest area the girls wouldn’t not get back in the car until I got rid of them!

    • WhoremonalCrazyLotusSlugalo

      July 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

      OMFG!!! My MIL has one!!! It’s in her bedroom where she keeps the pack-n-play for grandbaby naps. I never noticed this thing until one afternoon, my little girl (then, 2 years old) woke up from a nap in Grandmom’s room and pointed to the weird silent child in the corner and said, “I fink Yance is dead.”

  31. Picklejar

    July 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    My first thought wasn’t “Predator!” – it was “Aw! sweet old granny trying to be nice to neighborhood children.” Probably seeing the American Girl Doll rage, and trying to do something thoughtful. And parents flipped the eff out, and retreated to their bomb shelters. Why? Because there is a saturation of fear in our world today. I think that is unfortunate. Maybe a note would have alleviated that – and if she wanted to be anonymous, sign it “A friend from church” – but personally, I would rather instill the wonder of a mysterious gift in my child, than the fear of an unknown predator.

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