A father-of-two named and shamed his three-year-old son on Facebook after discovering he ‘flipped the bird’ at an unsuspecting shopper.
Alec Nicholls was shocked when he found out Riley swore at the woman having been told he wasn’t allowed any sweets before tea.
In the light-hearted post to community group, Eh Up New Mills, Alec apologised on Riley’s behalf to the unknown woman, reports the Manchester Evening News .
He wrote: To the lady who my three-year-old flipped the bird at in New Mills Co-op on Monday afternoon around 3.35pm, you were innocently paying for your groceries at the kiosk.
To this day I do not understand why he took my refusal of sweets before tea out on you, and can only apologise and appeal to your better judgement.
At the time, I was in the queue behind you, my boys near the photo booth, and I was wondering why you gave me a funny look until his brother grassed him up.
Never again will I let my boys walk so far behind me when out shopping.
I promise I will try and never let it happen again.
#NamedandShamed Riley Roy Nicholls.
Says he is very sorry xxx.
Alec also shared a photo of the cheeky chappy, which instantly melted the hearts of Facebook users.
One commented: Who could be angry with that little cherub?
Another added: Fantastic post Alec Nicholls, I hope she sees and forgives, I would.
Alec, who lives just over the Stockport border in New Mills, said that he had wondered why the lady shopper had given him such a glare, that was until his older son Macaulay told him what Riley had done.
He said: I told Riley that it was very naughty, he must never do that again and to go say sorry right away.
We never caught up with the lady in the car park after coming out, which is why I put it on Facebook, hoping she would see our apology and explanation.