I may call the police depending on how vulnerable and isolated I felt at that particular moment in that location.
As others have said, I doubt the man stopped the swing in a friendly agreeable way.
Who knows how quickly it could have escalated? Or how many times he has used this behaviour or may use it again.
I disagree that the woman should have shared just because this freaky guy demanded the swing. He can wait and teach his child patience at the same time. 5 minutes isn't a long time.
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02-09-2014 14:44 #11
02-09-2014 14:47 #12
It's interesting the number of posters who don't have kids who think 5 minutes isn't a long time. It is a long time for a kid. In my entire life of going to playgrounds I have never spent 5 minutes on a swing.
02-09-2014 14:50 #13
5 minutes can feel like an eternity to a child, sure. But thats when its a parents job to distract and explain. I encourage my children to let other kids have a turn. But I would never demand another child get off a swing so mine can have a turn.
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02-09-2014 14:52 #14
I also don't agree with the child having to get off the swing because another child expressed interest in it, and frankly, even if the kid was on there for half an hour it does not equate to someone else having the right to physically stop the swing and remove the child from it.
If my kids want a go on something but someone else is on it, they need to wait!
Depending on how threatening and aggressive the man was I would certainly call the police. I really can't see how that would pan out in a way that would not make you feel a bit scared. If someone came and stopped the swing while I was pushing it and lifted my child out I would probably feel intimidated enough to call the police.
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02-09-2014 14:56 #15
Well we weren't there, so it's hard to say if calling the police was warranted.
He may have been really aggressive and intimidating. Trying to remove someone else's child from some play equipment is far from normal behaviour for a grown adult. He sounds a bit loco.
02-09-2014 14:58 #16
I wouldn't demand either.
I hate the swings. I have never seen more tantrums over anything else at a park. I give my kids 10 pushes then we move on.
I'm not condoning what he did at all. I just think calling the police is OTT.
02-09-2014 14:59 #17
02-09-2014 15:02 #18
If he had shown aggression towards me or my child and I felt intimidated then yes I would call the police.
I'm not saying this is the case as I wasn't there and there's not enough detail to know exactly what happened. But as I said if I felt like it was going to escalate then the police would be called.
He had no right to touch the swing or the child and to be honest it would have made me wonder just how aggressive he is if he's cracking it that badly over a swing.
02-09-2014 15:02 #19
02-09-2014 15:11 #20
It's just the one thing I've noticed in my nearly 9 years of going to parks.
But I also hate standing there pushing the swing. So I generally encourage playing on anything but the swings.
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