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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07-11-2011 16:53 #11
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07-11-2011 17:00 #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.
07-11-2011 17:01 #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.
07-11-2011 17:04 #15
07-11-2011 17:09 #16Senior Member
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The thing is that it is an assumption that the child was dropped off at the toy shop, they could've gone there of their own accord. (I do agree 6yo is too young to allow that level of freedom, but it is always the extremes that are used to show why a practice is foolish. Also where does the line get drawn? When is it okay for a child to go shopping by themselves? 8yo? 10yo? 12yo? 14yo? 16yo?)
07-11-2011 17:10 #17Senior Member
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I work in a sports store and parents regularly leave there kids in the shop while they go do the weekly food shop/ have coffee with friends. Drives me insane because generally they either muck around and wreck the shop or want to try on a million shoes.
Now I'm happy for them to come in, happy for them to even try a pair of shoes on, but I'm not a baby sitter and it's not my fault if you come back and they have wandered off (I try to keep an eye out, but of I'm busy I can't always)
07-11-2011 17:10 #18Senior Member
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My kids have their own library card, but I drive them there, wait for them sitting on a readin seat and the drive them home
I do let my kids line up and buy things from time to time, standing back an watching them
BUT I don't leave them in a shop to while away the time.
The poor child I saw today was maybe 6, I'd suspect a fair bit younger. The thing is the poor child knew not where it's parents where, had no id as was left to wander with no supervision
I am a a bit of free range parent, but this child want old enough to be out on its own. Regardless of this child's story, the toy shop is not child care centre and in no way should *Mike* have been made responsible for irresponsible guardians/parents
I HATE when my kids are ignored when they have my permission to conduct a transaction/purchase an item. I have had words with rude adults pushing in front of them.
07-11-2011 17:11 #19
Someone was telling me recently that ppl are dropping their kids off in the Ikea ball pit for the day and going off to the pub or whatever...
07-11-2011 17:24 #20has left the building
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Wow, i am shocked that this is so common
Those poor kids
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