I honestly do not get the big deal. Its a balloon. You were prob the only people this guy could see who had a kid.
I like to think I have good awareness of 'stranger danger'. But I have spoken to and DS has played peek-a-boo with people from all walks of life - a homeless man to an old man, to young men/women and mifdle ages men/women.
I don't get how 'looking disheveled' automatically means 'textbook pedophile'.
I don't know - to me it is just not a big deal and I do not think twice at all.
i can't believe there are 5 pages of this. lol. that's 3 mins of my life i'll never get back.
The guy didn't approach kids by themselves with a balloon and convince them to walk away with him, he approached an adult with children and offered it. How on earth is this dodgey?! Who knows why he had the balloon, maybe his child decided he didn't want it while running off and he thought it'd be nice to just pass it on rather than bin it. There's dozens of reasons that would not lead to him being a creep that gets his rocks off by handing out a balloon to an adult accompanied child. Jesus bubhub is depressing with the cynics sometimes.
Eta: and I see absolutely no harm in me, the adult, politely accepting the balloon, creepy looking or not. But aren't you teaching your kids to judge a book by it's cover if you assume this guy is dodgey by his appearance?
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 04-10-2015 at 20:52.
I do think it's sad that you can't stop at night and help a stranger but honestly in this day and age of smart phones etc it's not as essential as it probably once was.
I would have accepted the balloon. I don't think paedophiles approach the parents of the kids to offer a balloon. I mean really, if they were out looking for a victim, do you think that's how it's going to go down? No. Perhaps the man just found the balloon on the ground, and thought 'hey, instead of throwing it out I'll see if this mum would like it for her child first.'
As much as I wonder how VP gets through life without having a mental breakdown from fear due to the things she worries about I do understand the 'look like a paedophile' comment. One of my neighbours a few doors down looks like a paedophile. I can't explain why, he just does. I never said anything to anyone about it (because why would I? I don't have any more to do with him than to say hello if he is out in his garden as we walk past and I absolutely don't want to brand someone as a paedophile) but one day I said hello as I was walking past with a friend, and once we got out of ear shot my friend said 'woah, paedophile.' So yeah, I know that paedophiles can look and dress in a number of different ways, and I'm not even a paranoid person, but my neighbour looks like a paedophile. I can't explain it. He just does.
Last edited by Full House; 04-10-2015 at 20:57.
Oops full house, I didn't finish reading your whole post before thanking. Agreeing with most except the 'looks like a paedophile' part. 😉
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