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29th Mar 2019

Mum furious after lending friend a baby sling…only to find it being sold online

Keeley Ryan

A mum was left furious when she lent a friend a baby sling, only to find it being sold online later on.

She explained on Mumsnet that she let a friend borrow a sling from her “embarrassingly large collection” a while ago, and that she had made it clear she would want it back.

She continued:

“Fast forward a few months and I’m expecting another baby, so will be needing it.

“It one of the few on the market with a lower weight limit for tiny babies (suitable from 5lbs) and I make small babies, which is why it’s this specific sling I’ll be wanting for my new baby.

“Asked the other day about getting it back, and she said ‘Oh, I’ve packed it away somewhere but will look.'”

The mum mentioned it to a mutual friend, who told her that she was “pretty sure” she had seen the sling being advertised on a Facebook selling site a little while ago.

She added:

“Who does that? Borrows something from a friend and then flogs it on the sly?!!”

She wanted to know if she was unreasonable to call her friend out on it, and to “expect either my sling back or the money to replace it?!”

There’s no way to know what actually happened to the sling: was the listing the mutual friend saw the actual sling? Was it all a genuine mistake?

Whatever happened to it, the other mums showed absolutely no mercy when they began to weigh in on the topic.

One person wrote:

“Send her the screen shot and say ‘I hope this isn’t mine, I really need it back’.”

Someone else commented:

“Buy it under a false name, arrange collection, then watch her squirm when you turn up at the door!”

A different person said:

“I would ask again and then say a mutual friend was sure one the same was for sale on Facebook so could she buy that for you instead /give you the money to buy it and you can track the seller down.”