So I just read an article on news.com.au where a mother called the police on another father in the playground. Here's the gist of the situation (direct quote from article):
“I was just at the park & the police arrived. Seemingly a Mother was pushing her little girl on a swing when a Father approached & said he was also waiting for the swing. The Mother replied that they would be another 5 minutes or so. The Father proceeded to stop the swing in motion & tried to lift the daughter out!
The Mother was very upset & called the police. Another parent in the park thought this was a little over board. What would you do?!? Would you call the police?"
Personally I don't have kids so I really don't know what I'd do. I think the father was way out of line touching someone else's child without permission, but then I also think calling the police is a bit over the top. I'm just curious though, what would your reaction be?
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02-09-2014 14:05 #1
News article: Police called to playground argument.
02-09-2014 14:12 #2
I have no children either but often take my little nephew to the park.
I think both were in the wrong. You shouldn't be touching children who are not yours or with you ( ie friends or family). The father should have waited or used a different toy.
Having said that I also think people should share. Would it have hurt for the mother to let this guy and his child have a go.
Police being called seems a little extreme to me. I would have just removed the child from the situation. Although picking the girl up off the swing seems odd.
02-09-2014 14:18 #3Senior Member
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Where the heck does that man get off thinking he has the right to touch someone else's kid?
It's hard to know without being a witness, he could have been aggressive - or she felt scared of him for some reason. For example we came across a man one time when DS was little, I didn't even have to say anything to my DH - the way this man was eyeing up our son made my blood run cold. DH saw it too and we got away from there quick. It was obvious this man was interested in children - I felt like I should have called the police but didn't in the end - because what would I have said? What would the headline be for that? "Woman calls police because man was walking behind them down a lane". You know?
02-09-2014 14:19 #4
It does seem extreme, but we don't know exactly what happened. She may have had very good reason to call the police.
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02-09-2014 14:20 #5
My mother's instinct would cut in and I would have been extremely upset. It isn't so much some one touching my child, but I highly suspect he would have done it in an angry "you are not making us wait 5 mins, your child is getting out NOW' way. Who knows what kind of nutcase he was and how it may have escalated.
02-09-2014 14:21 #6
02-09-2014 14:23 #7
She may well have tried to remove the child and it escalated further, we don't know all the details.
02-09-2014 14:28 #8
ETA, for example if my child was on the swing I would remove her from the situation if I thought things were getting heated.
02-09-2014 14:34 #9
I would never call the police in this situation. Sorry but they are extremely stretched as it is without having to attend to a situation like this.
Yep the dad was out of line but who calls the police?
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02-09-2014 14:39 #10
I say good on her! I hope the police came down and gave him a talking to. Sure it may be seen as a bit extreme, but what else could she do? The man touched her child and he had no right. For all we know he could have marched over really aggressively and yanked her child out of the swing... as a mother i would have been terrified and furious, so why should we just stand there powerless. He should never have done that unless it was in an emergency situation. I hope the police did something otherwise ignoring things like that just helps people think they can just do things like that and get away with it!
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