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    I did think that at the time but I decided we'd be more likely to run into her Mum in the main thoroughfare.

    I always try to teach my boy to find someone with a pram to ask for help. It's a catch 22 isn't it. I made sure I was quite loudly saying "can you see your Mummy anywhere?" So as to draw attention to the fact that I was actively trying to locate her mother.

    It's a shame that that even needs to be considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Bboys View Post
    It's a shame that that even needs to be considered.
    Absolutely. It is very smart to teach your ds to look for a pram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Bboys View Post
    I made sure I was quite loudly saying "can you see your Mummy anywhere?" So as to draw attention to the fact that I was actively trying to locate her mother.

    It's a shame that that even needs to be considered.
    I've found a lost child before and done the same thing. Overly loud and basically trying to draw attention to what I was doing. It is a shame that you feel you have to do that though.

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    I was in a busy centre yesterday with my girl ... She was a couple steps behind me when she almost walked into a sign .. A lovely woman blocked her fast .. Stopping my girl from walking into it .. What a awesome woman .. I thanked her big time !!!

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    Ive taught my children if they get lost to look for a mum who has kids with her, A mother who has children with her will always help a lost child,

    Ive seen people just walk past an alone child and parents who are calling out for their child, its this day and age people are too scared to act up, its the same when someone is being assaulted, they dont want themselves to get into trouble ( so to speak )

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    I was at the shops yesterday and in one shop there was a little girl who has lost her mum. The staff had found her and were looking after her. It must have been 20 mins later I was in another relatively near shop when I heard an announcement asking if anyone had seen a little girl. The kid had obviously wandered out of one store into another. But 20 mins? I would have been going out of my mind of one of my girls was missing that long. I once lost dd1 for 2 mins at the shops and I was a shaking mess

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    Default Lost children in shopping centres

    I notice but whenever I've gone over, some mother comes running over and glares at me like I'm some kidnapper. Pfft. I've even been yelled at for trying to help before.

    So I just linger. If I see a kid that looks lost I stand around a few minutes watching and waiting to see if anyone comes. I then go over to the child if after a few mins nothing happens.

    DD's been taught to find a mum with a pram or young children and tell her she's lost if it happens. She also knows my full name, our address and phone number to help matters and has for as long as I can remember.

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    I think people are reluctant these days due to being treated like an abuser or evil kidnapper.

    I found a lil guy wandering our street crying for Daddy the other day, I asked him where he lived and he showed me, he was only about 3 so I walked him home with my kids witj me... Only to be told to **** off by his parents and it was none of my business helping him and the little "*******" knew his way home!!

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    Yeah, you should never move the child, alert another adult to go into a store and ask the store to alert security/centre management, they will then come to the child.

    Good on you for stopping and noticing.

    I have found on several occasions children that looked 'lost' were often being punished and like a PPs friend have been berated for checking on the seemingly 'alone' child.

    It won't put me off checking though, I was that lost kid once and I remember it being the worst moment of my life at that time.

    I also think shopping malls like Helensvale are full of screaming kids, crying, being a handful in general, kids are below our line of vision also, so it's easy to overlook them, especially in amongst the masses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahjong View Post
    I think people are reluctant these days due to being treated like an abuser or evil kidnapper.

    I found a lil guy wandering our street crying for Daddy the other day, I asked him where he lived and he showed me, he was only about 3 so I walked him home with my kids witj me... Only to be told to **** off by his parents and it was none of my business helping him and the little "*******" knew his way home!!
    :-o !!! People are nuts. On behalf of those who would appreciate it beyond expression for doing that for their child, Thankyou!

    I agree that people treat others in a disgusting way when they're just tying to help. My FIL picked up a small toddler who had fallen over on the escalator at a shopping centre a while ago. The child was about to get his fingers in the end so FIL (being a dad of 5 himself and not wanting him to get hurt!) quickly scooped him up and stood him up. He got abused by the child's father for touching his kid...


 

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