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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    People should be judged by their actions not by their appearance.
    yes agree, but what do you go by when it's a perfect stranger and you don't know of any actions to go by? appearance is the next natural/logical step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    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.
    Because we are so judgemental I guess.

    I think we are influenced a lot by external things - where/how we were brought up, our experiences, what we read/watch. And our 'risk radar' is based on this.

    For me, I don't have issues with the original scenario - but there are others that do. But I guess that is just life experience that determines that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    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.
    Cool. That hasn't been my experience

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    I've not read all the posts but I'm struggling to see how accepting a balloon from a stranger would pose any immediate danger to you or your children?
    I would've just accepted it and moved on.
    I tend to make friends or at least have lovely, friendly experiences in public too.
    I do think it's best to follow your mumstincts - mine rarely let me down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    I've not read all the posts but I'm struggling to see how accepting a balloon from a stranger would pose any immediate danger to you or your children?
    I would've just accepted it and moved on.
    I tend to make friends or at least have lovely, friendly experiences in public too.
    I do think it's best to follow your mumstincts - mine rarely let me down.
    Accepting a ballon in public doesn't represent a danger. I suppose this is a discussion on possible motives of the balloon giver and instincts/judgements of the recipient.
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    On the other hand VP perhaps he was enamoured with you and was hoping to strike up a chat ....

    *wiggles eyebrows*

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Accepting a ballon in public doesn't represent a danger. I suppose this is a discussion on possible motives and instincts.
    My thought on motives was 'hmmm, this balloon animals was fun but I'm sick of carting it around, maybe I can offload it on this cute kid. Might even put a smile on his dial'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Accepting a ballon in public doesn't represent a danger. I suppose this is a discussion on possible motives of the balloon giver and instincts/judgements of the recipient.
    Possible motives would do my head in! You must live in your head a lot.
    I don't mean that to sound rude or attacking but all the WWYD/potential motives...too much unnecessary worry for this old duck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Possible motives would do my head in! You must live I your head a lot.
    I don't mean that to sound rude or attacking but all the WWYD/potential motives...too much unnecessary worry for this old duck!
    Yeah but it kept you entertained for a few minutes hey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Yeah but it kept you entertained for a few minutes hey?
    I don't think entertained is the right word.


 

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