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    Default Wwyd in this situation?

    I went to the butcher today, when I walked in, my busy DS started playing with the bells they have hanging on the door (right at his height). I started asking him to stop when the lady behind the counter said "children are always drawn to those, they find them fascinating". So I gave a little laugh and proceeded to ask her about some meat (all while DS was playing with the bells).

    While she was getting some advice from her colleague, obviously the bells were annoying her, she said to my son quite loudly "baby shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh".

    What would you have done?

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    Hmm...if it annoys her, why not move the bells higher up?

    I'm not sure what I would do. It may depend on her tone of voice.

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    Tone was like an annoyed mother at the end of her tether.

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    So the bells are hanging at a child's height..... and they annoy her? She should have moved them already!!

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    The shushing went on for ages.

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    Honestly depends on:
    - her tone
    - how much of an effort I had made in asking my child to stop.

    If I has made a real good audible effort to ask my child to stop and the lady was loud and a little rude I would probably have a crack. Not sure what, possibly something like "with the bells freely hanging at kids height, perhaps you'll need to make ear muffs a part of your uniform?"

    If I had been a bit slack in asking my little one to stop and the lady had been reasonably polite in tone I would have been a little more gentle but still had a dig eg "sorry, it's been a really rough morning, I've been a little slow. Thanks for your understanding." Might as well go the guilt trip..

    If the lady had been really rude in tone, then gloves would have been off: "if you don't want to be bothers, then move the bells out of kids reach.."

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    Probably would've said "Maybe time to move them higher up??" Then would've smiled and carried on. But it is hard to know how you'll react until you're in the moment.

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    With the mood i was in today, i would of replied " well maybe you should move them" and walked out without buying meat.

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    My kid would have played with the bells. We actually have a bakery that has a bell on the door too. Its so they can hear if someone comes in and is hanging at my eye height due to the type of bell it is.

    I cannot really see an issue with it? Maybe she had trouble hearing/concentrating with the bells ringing.

    She did not yell. Maybe she thought that it might distract the child/be helpful? It is most likely also not her choice where to hang the bells.

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    Having had minimal sleep for the past week with 2 sick babies, and my patience wearing very thin, I actually took her action of shushing my child badly. Especially after she had made the comment that children love the bells, that sort of felt like it was ok for him to play with them. I actually stopped telling him to leave the bells. I normally wouldn't let things like this bother me.

    What I did, I politely said that I had changed my mind and left. I felt ragey though... I felt her instant annoyance was unwarranted. Maybe all the kids play with the bells and she kinda snapped with mine. I don't know.

    A clear sign I need sleep and maybe a life given I started such a mundane thread like this.

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