A TEACHER is furious after spending £30 on illuminated Christmas penguin statues — only to be sent 2D metal cut-outs with a stick attached.
Jessica Memery was tricked by an Amazon seller who used snaps of another firm’s acrylic figures.
She bought it for penguin-obsessed son George, 12. Jessica, of Portsmouth, Hants, said: “George’s one request was a Christmas penguin.
But he wasn’t so happy with a flat bit of shoddy metal with holes.”
The Amazon ad had claimed its “hand-crafted ornaments” with feather, eye and beak details had built-in lights “sure to dazzle and amaze the entire neighbourhood”.
Jessica stormed: “There’s nothing pleasing about the product.
“It’s not only a misrepresentation but I’ve now found out they stole the photos for their advertising – and I’ve wasted £25.99 plus the delivery charge.”
Jessica took jokes about her misfortune in good spirits after she warned people by posting “I didn’t read the reviews – there may have been wine involved”.
Helen Batey commented: “Someone ran over your penguin with a steamroller.”
Jess Blears joked: “Are roadkill decorations the new Christmas thing this year.”
Another fooled penguin buyer Gemma Taylor said: “I was so smug to have found these for under £30, and when they arrived I couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve bought some crap in my time, but these are in the top three of the worst.”
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