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This toy fighter jet mistakenly plays a Muslim prayer instead of jet sounds

Over the holidays, American children opened up a new F-16 fighter jet that played a Muslim prayer sound instead of a fighter jet sound.

This toy fighter jet mistakenly plays a Muslim prayer instead of jet sounds

Over the holidays, American children opened up a new F-16 fighter jet that played a Muslim prayer sound instead of a fighter jet sound.
  • Not everyone had a merry Christmas, at least in terms of the gifts their family members received.

  • For some Americans, the toy fighter jet they gave their children for Christmas didn't come quite as they expected it to. Instead of playing sounds of a normal F-16 fighter jet, the new toy played Muslim prayer songs.

  • This was true for Bjorn Thorpe, whose nephew received the toy jet as a gift, KING 5 reported.

  • "We put the batteries in and didn't get what we expected," Thorpe told KING 5. "I do respect other religions, but it's not the right situation to have it on a children's toy."

  • Thorpe was just one parent who complained about the toy, which has mostly four-star ratings on Amazon and is often purchased by families. Others have voiced their concerns on the site, saying how the Muslim prayer wasn't an appropriate sound for children.

  • In fact, the prayer is supposed to be performed during Mecca, Nadeem Israr, the president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County, told KING 5.

  • "This is a prayer you're supposed to say when you're performing Hajj," Israr said.

  • This led some to mock the toy's Islamic prayer, with one Amazon reviewer specifically saying "I have been wanting to convert my 3-year-old son to Islam for a long time and haven't been able to motivate him to do so," The Seattle Times reported.

  • The toy's company, Wolvol, said the manufacturer must have made a bad batch of the fighter jets, KING 5 reported, which are now unavailable on Amazon.

  • And that seems true, since not all toys have come with the Muslim prayer noises, at least according to the Amazon reviews.

  • But this isn't the only holiday toy that didn't come the way customers thought it would. One Massachusetts boy, for example, opened his Playstation 4 box to find nothing but a block of wood with an inappropriate message on it, My Fox Boston reported.

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  • "He's crying and he's upset and he's in the playroom by himself and he just wants to be alone so at that point. I was crushed," Kristin Lundy, his stepmother, told My Fox Boston.

  • Target gave the family a new system, a $100 gift card, and an additional game in return, saying that issues like this happen sometimes with toys, My Fox Boston reported.

  • "We never like to disappoint our guests and are thankful for our store team's quick response to make things right," Lee Henderson, a spokesman for Target, said.

  • These toys come at a time when one of the top 2015 holiday gifts — hoverboards — were condemned by experts for their malfunctions. Not only did hoverboards start a fire in a Texas mall, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to investigate 16 other fire reports across 12 different states, CNN reported.

  • "We consider this a priority investigation," Patty Davis, a spokeswoman for the USCPSC, told CNN. "This is a popular holiday item and it's going to be in a lot of consumers' homes, and we'd like to quickly get to the bottom of why some hoverboards catch fire."

Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

Website: https://twitter.com/HerbScribner

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