Mom's message to pumpkin thief goes viral

WASHINGTON - A mother’s note to a pumpkin thief has gone viral.

Becky Reina, 33, posted a sign in front of her Washington, D.C. house after a Halloween thief stole a pumpkin from her family's front porch.

The sign had a clear message for whoever stole the pumpkin that her 2-year-old son, Tommy, picked out as his own just days before.

"To the person who stole my son's pumpkin: Thank you for the life lesson. This will help teach him that sometimes people are mean for no reason and you have to just brush it off. Because my son is 2-yrs-old and cannot read the sign, I will add: You are an ***hole," Reina wrote.

The sign successfully caught the eyes of neighbors and the world after a friend posted a photo on Reddit .

"It was just the mom in me that got upset," Reina, a lawyer turned stay-at-home mom to Tommy and his 3-month-old sister, Abby, told ABCNews.com.   "I figured the sign would be a way to make me feel better and also distract him."

Reina said many people have been amused by the sign and that is OK. She said the real message was to teach her son that "bad things happen and you have to just get over them and brush it off."

Reina said Tommy seems to be doing OK and still plans to dress as a mummy for Halloween and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.