Scraping the bottom of the barrel

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am

Shoppers at Fortress have been left scratching their heads and grimacing in baffled distaste at the electrical goods store's choice of Christmas shopping bag. The plastic bag, with its cheery wishes for 'A Warm and Merry Christmas', features a little white creature in a Santa hat, an angry dog and a snowman. But it's the antics of the snow-white, naked character called Mr P, an invention of Thai company Propaganda, that has buyers doing a double take and going 'Eww'.

One reader who received the bag with a Fortress purchase said she was horrified when she saw Mr P 'crouched over in a semi-squatting position shooting snow or water droplets or something out of his backside'. 'I think this is a disgusting way to spread any kind of Christmas cheer ... this is a very crude way to enter upon a season that is sacred to much of the world.'

His private parts are not on display, as they are with many other Mr P products, including a lamp where the switch is the little fella's little fella. The public is spared this view with strategically placed Christmas parcels.

Quizzed on the choice of bag, a Fortress spokeswoman said: 'It's simply because Mr P is a humorous character and the company would like to [bring] similar humour to its customers.'

Wonder who's laughing?