Mom Unsure About Teacher's $200 Christmas Request but Many Agree It's 'Wrong' | 22 Words

This time of year many teachers receive Christmas gifts from their students and parents to thank them for all their help during the year.

Although one teacher has rubbed parents up the wrong way after requesting something bizarre...

Many families get gifts for their children's teachers at Christmas...

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Though obviously, it isn't a requirement, especially this year when money has been tighter than ever.

Usually, these gifts include a mug or chocolates...

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Or something small to show thanks to the teacher.

However, one mom has recently arranged for the parents in her kid's class to dish out $13 for the teacher...

So she can get herself something nice.

This brought the total to $200, so the parent decided to ask the teacher what she'd like with the money collected...

But what the teacher asked for has left other parents shocked...

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A different parent from the school took to Mumsnet...

To ask others about their opinions on whether this was "cheeky."

In her post, she explained:

"At my DC's school I have a friend whose child is in year one (different classes to my kids). She's told me that there's been a bit of controversy and complaints because one parent is very good friends with the teacher and took the lead in organizing a class teacher present."

She continued.

"She asked the teacher what she wanted if she got a tenner off each parent (so £150). Teacher picked out a pair of designer shoes. And the friend asked all the parents for a tenner. "A couple of parents have complained and the designer shoe plan had to be put to a stop."

That's right, the teacher in question requested designer shoes to be bought with the money collected from the parents...

Yikes.

The woman continued:

"I'm torn about how I feel about this. On the one hand, I'd usually spend a tenner on my DC's teacher and I always welcome the opportunity for someone else to sort s**t like this and why shouldn't the teacher get what she actually wants rather than ten best teacher mugs. "On the other hand, I can see why it's kinda cheeky."

She added: "I teach secondary so rarely get presents from parents but I wouldn't mind a pair of designer shoes if this is the present standard now."

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Hundreds of people responded to the post, with many agreeing that what the teacher asked for wasn't right. One person said the whole thing was just plain "wrong."

The majority of commenters found the whole situation uncomfortable...

Someone else said: "I dunno, I'm a teacher too but designer shoes seems a bit of a strange gift really... it's supposed to be from the kids to the teacher. It seems a bit off to me too, but when I dig down I can't really say why." A fourth posted: "Oof if I was the teacher I wouldn't have answered that question." What do you think? For more controversial school-related news, scroll on...