Target Cashier Schooled by Toddler on Her Choice of Doll

Brandi Benner via Facebook
Brandi Benner via Facebook

Seriously, when you get sonned by a toddler, you may want to rethink your place in life. One cashier at a Target store recently learned to never question a toddler’s choice of dolls ever again.


Two-year-old Sophia was promised by her parents, Brandi and Nick Benner, that if she successfully pooped on her potty for a month, she would be rewarded with a gift. That challenge was obviously no match for Sophia, because off she went to Target to pick out her gift.

Sophia spotted a doll she wanted. But the cashier at Target obviously thought that she deserved a doll that looked more like her.

“She, of course, picked a new doll,” Brandi Benner wrote on Instagram. “While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?’ Sophia said, ‘Yes, please!’”

“But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you,” the cashier said.

“Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl,” Sophia said. “See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?”


“Oh, that’s nice,” the cashier said.

Benner said that the experience made her proud of her daughter.

“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” she wrote. “Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”


Just give Sophia all the dolls. And let’s give that cashier all the side eyes and some diversity training.


The Cranberry Cap'n

When we went to Disney World when my daughter was 2.5, she loved Doc McStuffins. We saw Doc at a character station and I swear it’s like God had come down from heaven for her. She reached out slowly and caressed Doc’s face like to test if she was dreaming. She wants to be a doctor just like her some day. Visibility of characters like Doc are so important for kids, it doesn’t seem like much but it can have a big impact.