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    I went to the Toy Shop today to look for a present, and the police where there

    They were questioning a child about 6 who'd apparently been in the shop for about an hour.

    The shop keeper has had enough of people leaving their kids at the shop while they go about their business.

    I felt so sorry for the child and the shop keeper. The poor kid looked ready to burst into tears even thought the cops were being gentle

    I left without the present, and went back after work- the cops had taken the child with them as the parents/guardians hadn't returned within an hour.

    Now I don't know the facts about THIS child, but this is apparently is regular occurrence with some kids/families

    I asked the *Mike* if he had a working with children check and he said he does so that he can go to school functions with his kids, but it's not a requirement for him or any employees. (I don't think it should be I was just being a sticky nose).

    I am fairly free range with my kids, but this sort of shook me a bit

  • #2

    I am truly shocked by this!
    What an upsetting experience for the little boy/girl

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    • #3
      Oh my god, who would do that?! So irresponsible, that poor child

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      • #4
        That's really terrible, I would be beside myself if I couldn't find my 6 yr old for 5 min let alone an hour. What if they left the shop and went somewhere else the child I mean.

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        • #5
          Poor child

          Unfortunately people often mistake toy stores, play centres, libraries and McDonalds as baby sitting areas. It's really sad...

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          • #6
            no wonder the toys are often TRASHED at these stores kids left to play with stuff that ISN"T there to be played with .. its there to be purchased ... sigh ..

            how upsetting would it be for that little kid hopefully the police weren't subtle when they went to chat to the parents about it..

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            • #7
              wow but yep I've seen it happen before

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              • #8
                we've had kids left in the library all day during school hols. Some as young as 6, but usually with an older sibling. I once chased a woman into the supermarket as she'd left her pre-schooler in the library alone (again). People just assume the staff will take care of their kids.

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                • #9
                  We had a newspaper article about kids being left at the pool alone for the entire day over the holidays while the parents worked. Apparently childcare is expensive lol well yeah it is expensive but children are not cheap! Children as young as 8 without another old er sibling. Children und er 12 have to be supervised by an ad ult 18+ but they weren't. Imagine if an 8yo is there with a 6yo who then goes under and they can't react in time? Imagine the forever g uilt that 8yo would feel. They have lifeguards but with that many people dropping off that many children there's no way they have enoug h on. The article came after 47 children under 10 were left at the pool for a whole day without s upervision.

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                  • #10
                    There is also the idea of giving children autonomy to do things themselves. I agree that 6yo is a little young, but I see nothing wrong with allowing a couple of 10yo's to walk to the local shopping centre to buy a present for another friend's birthday party.

                    Similarly with a library, I've come acroppa with a child (aged 10) being disallowed. I had shown several times how to borrow a book, then she had done so all by herself with me watching to ensure she was competent. Therefore I finally deemed her ready so I waited out the front whilst she went in to borrow a book for herself - only to be chased out by the librarian.

                    How are we supposed to encourage children to be members of society when they are treated as second class citizens.

                    Another instance I've been most offended about are children being ignored. For example, the family are sitting at the food court and the child is given some money to go buy a drink. The child lines up with everyone else, but when they reach the front of the queue, they are ignored and the adults behind them are served instead. Such dismissive treatment can be really harmful to the child's self esteem. They have every right to be served just like any other paying customer.

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                    • #11
                      I used to work In a really big kids store which had a large play pen area by the cafe for kids to play while their parents had coffee etc. despite many huge signs about the issue, people left their kids in there while they went to other shops in the centre all.the.time.

                      Many times the parents were working elsewhere in the centre.

                      Several times we had parents argue with us that because the shop was quiet we shouldn't have a problem watching their children??? Management received several complaint letters from parents complaining that they were called back in to the store to collect their own children... wtf? 9/10 times these were young kids too, toddlers mostly! Anyone could have just taken them! Some ppl r crazy

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sweetseven View Post
                        There is also the idea of giving children autonomy to do things themselves. I agree that 6yo is a little young, but I see nothing wrong with allowing a couple of 10yo's to walk to the local shopping centre to buy a present for another friend's birthday party.

                        Similarly with a library, I've come acroppa with a child (aged 10) being disallowed. I had shown several times how to borrow a book, then she had done so all by herself with me watching to ensure she was competent. Therefore I finally deemed her ready so I waited out the front whilst she went in to borrow a book for herself - only to be chased out by the librarian.

                        How are we supposed to encourage children to be members of society when they are treated as second class citizens.

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                        No way is it that they are treated like 'second class' it is that it's DANGEROUS! Extreamly, even for a 10 yr old thats not safe at all.

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                        • #13
                          Sweetseven I agree with you. But they are different situations allowing a 10 yr old to be in a library for 30 min is fine but dropping a 6yr old in a toy shop is not fine. The counter thing annoys me too.

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                          • #14
                            I am not surprised by this When my brother and I would go grocery shopping with mum, she often let us loose in the centre and told us to meet her in 45 minutes out the front of Coles.

                            We were 8 and 10 so of course we spent most of our time at the toy shop testing everything out and running around like mad things. The thing is though, so were lots of other kids whose parents were grocery shopping like our mum was.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rabbity Babbity View Post
                              Poor child

                              Unfortunately people often mistake toy stores, play centres, libraries and McDonalds as baby sitting areas. It's really sad...
                              Don't forget gym creches. One time when I was at the gym, my son had done a poo so they came looking for me. The girl walked straight past me and then 5 minutes later came looking again and found me. I told her that I had seen her walk past before, but because she didn't come up to me, I just assumed she was looking for someone else. She said in a joking way, "oh, we thought we had another parent who had left!" I asked if people really do that and she said it happens a lot

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