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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Would you be at least a little suspicious if a man that offered you a balloon *appeared* to be by himself (no kids, friend, store)?
    (Genuine question )
    No I genuinely don't think I would have. Like an above post said, he could have found it on the ground and thought, 'hey maybe those kids would like it' before popping it in the bin. I actually think this was the case.

    Do you think men who actually choose to make balloon animals for kids at events are creeps? What are their motives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    No I haven't. Random acts of kindness are not stopping on a deserted road in the middle of the night to help a guy in a broken down car. By definition they are small seemingly insignificant things done for no other reason than to make make another person smile.

    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.
    You've got the definition of random acts of kindness down pat - not arguing with that. I'm not trying to apply that definition here though. Let me clarify I think the 2 scenarios are examples of how our ability to be kind in general is impacted by a few bad eggs out there. And yes that sorta sucks but that's life.

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    I'd love to know who looks like a paedophile.

    There's an old guy who lives near a park I take my kids and dogs to. I was there recently with a friend who lives close by and he was walking through the park and started talking to her daughter about her dog. He does this all the time apparently and speaks to the mum (my friend) as well.

    Anyway after he leaves she tells me to watch out for him as he's dodgy and is always around but he has no dog so "everyone thinks he's a pervert".

    Turns out we know him. He's one of my daughter's friends grandfathers. He lives with the family since his wife passed away. Extremely fit and active grandfather, comes to all the grandkids school stuff and fills in for drop offs and pick ups at school when the parents are working.

    Yes you get vibes from people but some people seem to live in a more heightened state than others.

    People should be judged by their actions not by their appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Oops full house, I didn't finish reading your whole post before thanking. Agreeing with most except the 'looks like a paedophile' part. ������
    All good. I would probably be a bit if I was reading it too. I can honestly say that this is the only person who I have felt that way about...perhaps there is an image in my subconscious of a known paedophile who looks like my neighbour and that's where the connection comes from. But I have known convicted paedophiles in my life time...they were a husband and wife team who owned a fast food shop and would abuse their employees....they certainly did not have a 'look' about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Do you think men who actually choose to make balloon animals for kids at events are creeps?
    Not necessarily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    You've got the definition of random acts of kindness down pat - not arguing with that. I'm not trying to apply that definition here though. Let me clarify I think the 2 scenarios are examples of how our ability to be kind in general is impacted by a few bad eggs out there. And yes that sorta sucks but that's life.
    So lets not do anything nice at all?

    And if someone is nice we will just assume they are out to get us?

    This is not the way I live my life and I would not teach my son to live his life in suspicion of everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post

    People should be judged by their actions not by their appearance.

    Agreed. Which is why I have never told anyone the 'vibe' I get from our neighbour, and I treat him the same as I treat all my neighbours, because he has never given me any reason to think he's anything but a nice man with an appearance that heightens my radar, but I don't know the reason behind it....my dad always watched the news in front of us as kids growing up and at best guess I'm guessing there is an image in my subconscious that this man reminds me of. I certainly don't go around looking at lone men in public areas and accusing them of being paedophiles.

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    I would have accepted the ballon but internally questioning it. I would probably then kick myself as 9yo DS who is the worlds police would have given me a massive lecture about accepting things from strangers and then we'd have this awkward discussion about how I'm an adult and can make those decisions but children can't. He'd then lecture me on how life isn't fair and I'd probably pop the freaking thing and never do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Got the $hits have you? Poor duck xx
    I prefer to call it an exploding bottom. Sounds so much more refined 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    I prefer to call it an exploding bottom. Sounds so much more refined 😂
    Do we have a new Thunderdacks?! ⚡️👖

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