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Age restrictions and age estimates
Old 12-23-2019, 09:05 PM
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Default Age restrictions and age estimates

I volunteer in a local animal shelter. I was volunteering in our smallest facility, which is inside of a Petco, when this happened.

We have signs on the rooms saying "under 18 must be accompanied by an adult", but of course nobody reads them. (Not that I can blame them too much, due to the presence of adorable kittens or puppies on the other side of the glass! They can be a bit distracting.) So, as part of my usual greeting, if there are any younger folks in a group I will mention "...and Mom needs to stay with you in the rooms".

So a mother and daughter come in, and I greet them with the usual. And turn to the daughter and say that "Mom has to stay with you if you go into the rooms."

She gets this appalled look on her face, and says "I'm twenty-four!"

I wilted, totally embarrassed and trying to stammer out apologies fast enough. Then I became aware that Mama was laughing her *ss off. Very nearly crying from laughter!

"Now me, now me!!"

Her laughter was contagious, and soon we were all three laughing. I'm really glad that Mama took it so well, because that could have been an unhappy situation.
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