Mums around the UK will have been gifted with a plethora of flowers, cards and chocolates to celebrate Mother's Day yesterday.
But one matriarch of a family in Berkshire got more than just a nice little message on her card after it was believed to have been tampered with.
Aw, that looks like a lovely card. Credit: INS
Dorothy Hopkins, 85, was probably all smiles when her daughter Mandy gifted her with the colourful card which, on the front, read: "Where would I be without you?"
That's a pretty touching and sweet message, with Mandy also writing on the inside: "Best in the world, love you lots."
Sounds like a pretty stock standard Mother's Day card, except for the fact that someone later grabbed a big, black marker and wrote an obscene remark on both sides.
"I wanna go back to my birth hole spread em you dirty old slut," the message reads. "From the loving sorting office.
'Love you lots' has also been amended to 'hate you lots', with 'you whore' and 'suck my hairy sack you bitch' also scrawled on the inside.
Imagine going through all the effort of buying a card, signing it, sending it through the post, only to have someone ruin everything.
Dorothy adds that when the card arrived a day before Mother's Day, she thought that the envelope looked like it had been tampered with.
Mrs Hopkins says whoever wrote the additional words should be ashamed of themselves, adding: "I am so shocked. I haven't been able to bring myself to read the message fully.
"It is an absolute disgrace. If it was someone's idea of a joke, it was in terribly bad taste and has left me really upset.
"I have six children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and I was really pleased to receive six Mother's Day cards - but I can only put up five because Mandy's has been defaced by someone at the Royal Mail.
"We have been in touch with the police and someone senior from the Royal Mail is coming to see me tomorrow."
Daughter Mandy is also angry, saying: "The Royal Mail staff are the only ones who handled the card before it went through my mother's front door. It's a bit disgusting - she is 85 years old.
"The postman was taking photos of the offending card and apologising and saying he would contact the manager. But that's not good enough. We are not just going to accept an apology or whatever. I am so so angry," she added.
It's a pretty confronting message to read at any age but you can only imagine what was going through the 85-year-old's head when she first opened it. Royal Mail has released a statement, apologising to Dorothy for any distress that she's endured.
The UK mailing company says: "We are urgently investigating what has happened. It is a criminal offence to tamper with mail and anyone caught doing so will face serious disciplinary action.
"Royal Mail will always seek to prosecute the tiny minority of people who abuse their position of trust.
"The integrity, safety and security of mail is of the utmost importance to this business. Royal Mail will not allow the actions of any individual to damage the good reputation of our thousands of hard-working postmen and women, who do all they can to protect the mail and deliver it safely."
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