An angry mum has slammed the weekly Clap for Carers event and said people have "taken it too far" which prevents her kids from sleeping.
The mum-of-two, who does not wish to be named, labelled it as a "joke" in her rant on social media.
For the last 10 weeks, millions of Brits have shown their support for carers and frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis, which sees people clapping and cheering outside their homes at 8pm on Thursdays.
Despite supporting the event, the mum says people have "taken it too far" in her street with horn blowing, pans banging and even fireworks going off which prevents her two children from sleeping.
The mum, from Hull, posted her rant on social media - telling people the past few weeks has caused "mayhem" with their sleeping children.
She wrote: "Before people jump down my throat about 'not appreciating the NHS and other keyworkers,' please read properly.
"The clapping was a great token gesture that I feel, especially on my own street has become a joke! Yes you read right a JOKE!!
"We have two young girls in the house, who are in bed before the 8pm clap, which for us has now turned into air horn blowing, pan banging and sodding fireworks!!
"The last few weeks this has caused mayhem with our usually sleeping children. If you wish to show appreciation then can it not just be CLAPPING?"
And she was supported by many who have read the post, who said they agreed with her.
Speaking to Hull Live, the mum said: "It was more for the fact people started more than clapping. They began to use air horns and pans with spoons. We have even been subjected to fireworks too.
"Our daughters' bedtime routines are the one thing we have managed to stick with throughout lockdown, which is now being disrupted because people I feel have taken it too far.
"Our eldest daughter struggles when routine is not there, so for her lockdown has been extremely hard. We as parents are not trying to dampen anyone’s fun or want to show appreciation, but ask people have a little respect for their neighbours."
The ritual has been criticised by some for becoming “politicised”, while others, including NHS staff, have said some people who take part in the clap then wilfully ignore the plea to stay at home and avoid gatherings in an effort to ease the strain on the healthcare system.
The 10th weekly Clap for Carers event on may be the last, after the woman behind the idea said she will no longer take part.
Annemarie Plas, 36, told the Press Association she has no problem with people continuing to gather at 8pm each week to clap, but said she will not be among those taking part in future.
She said: “To have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.
“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.
“I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative.”