Family Dollar responds after girl gets 'White Trash' sticker in vending machine

Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 17:53:14-04

"It blew my mind," says Robert Dumas about the sticker his 11-year-old daughter randomly received when she put fifty cents in a vending machine, hoping for a small toy or fun sticker.

The sticker his daughter received had "White Trash" written on it and depicted a white stick figure standing in a garbage can.

The vending machines inside the Family Dollar in Oak Park appear to be geared toward children, advertising toys and stickers next to bouncy balls and gumballs.

"I just didn't understand why they would have this sticker in this machine," said Dumas whose wife also noted concern that another child might have taken the sticker to school.

Robert Dumas says he tried to bring his concerns to the store, but managers directed him to corporate and the machine's vendor. And when Dumas didn't get a response, he reached out to 7 Action News.

7 Action News contacted Family Dollar, now owned by Dollar Tree, and a company spokesperson released the following statement:

We appreciate being notified and we are in the process of contacting the supplier to request more careful selection of appropriate items for their vending machines in our stores.