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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    I do wonder whether the 'looking like a pedophile' is influenced by what we see on tv i.e. crime shows etc etc.

    I know what you mean though.
    I've just done some searching. He has the same haircut as a young Jimmy Savile, so I think that's what makes my radar go off...definitely a subconscious thing.

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    Just a reminder that pedophiles do talk to parents and befriend them too. It part of the grooming process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    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.
    No no no no noooooooooooooooo!

    I'm not suggesting people stop committing or accepting acts of generosity - not at all.

    Just trying to figure out why *sometimes* it's not always as easy said as done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    Just a reminder that pedophiles do talk to parents and befriend them too. It part of the grooming process.
    Absolutely - good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    Just a reminder that pedophiles do talk to parents and befriend them too. It part of the grooming process.
    Yes, but in a public place where they walk off never to see them again?

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    I do think it's really very sad that people automatically think man with no children, or disheveled looking man = alarm bells.
    I speak to lots of homeless guys. The story I hear again and again from them (the older ones mainly) is that they are estranged from their own children and sometimes grandchildren, and they miss them every single day. They love talking to my kids, and I have no qualms with brightening someone's day by perhaps being the only kind and human conversation they may have all week.
    Maybe the bloke who gave you the balloon is infertile. Maybe he's divorced and doesn't see his kids as much as he'd like. Men have the same wide wide spectrum of experiences and emotions about kids as women do- there are a million reasons why a man on his own might approach you. VP, how would you feel if your DH was out on his own and offered a balloon to a mother and she thought of him what you thought of this guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    Yes, but in a public place where they walk off never to see them again?
    Didn't mean to thank.


    I have made friends in public places before. A kind gesture and strike up a conversation and met again and built a friendship.


    I am all about ROAK's. I do them all the time. I was pointing out some common myths that are false.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    . VP, how would you feel if your DH was out on his own and offered a balloon to a mother and she thought of him what you thought of this guy?
    As long as the mother didn't make a scene/was overly rude I wouldn't know what she thought and hence it wouldn't matter.

    If my hubby was without the kids I would be querying why he was walking around with an animal balloon in the first place.

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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.


    I sell millions of dollars of real estate to tradies who turn up at auctions in old Utes wearing paint encrusted singlets and worn shorts, the worst tenant we ever had drove a BMW and wore Boss suits , if I judged people on their looks alone Id be out of business !

    I do hope parents are not teaching their kids to just be wary of strangers in track suit pants, the fact is Im pretty sure most peadophiles are known to the child ( family, priests ect ) ?
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    This thread makes me wonder what you would have thought of my d's.
    He was 15 (looked closer to 18, he was taller than most men already) and in a busy shopping centre walked up to random family and offered them a wrapped Christmas present. The rest of the family was there but standing back a bit so you would have realised we were there.

    The reason he did this.
    We were robbed the day before. He was the main target of the the low life's that threatened to bash us and they stole our money. It was our way of getting our Christmas spirit back. We gave away 2 toys that day. One to a boy and one to a girl. It was great therapy.

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