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
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07-11-2011 15:56 #1Senior Member
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Toy Shops are NOT child care centres
07-11-2011 15:59 #2
I am truly shocked by this!
What an upsetting experience for the little boy/girl
07-11-2011 16:02 #3
Oh my god, who would do that?! So irresponsible, that poor child
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07-11-2011 16:03 #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.
07-11-2011 16:09 #5
Unfortunately people often mistake toy stores, play centres, libraries and McDonalds as baby sitting areas. It's really sad...
07-11-2011 16:15 #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..
07-11-2011 16:15 #7
wow but yep I've seen it happen before
07-11-2011 16:18 #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.
07-11-2011 16:27 #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.
07-11-2011 16:52 #10Senior Member
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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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