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Old 12-19-2008, 03:56 AM
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Enough is enough.

Wild children can make a normal customer/CSR interaction a painful experience, and surviving a sucky customer/sucky child experience seem like some sort of Herculean feat of strength. The posters here understand that, and the mods understand that.

But knock it off with the nicknames. Calling them "children" is fine in a story. The occasional "brat" might be OK too--if it's used sparingly. But "demon spawn"? "Crotch droppings"? "Crying STD's"? No. Don't use it. I don't care if the kid is crying in your story, calling them "failed abortions" won't make your story better. It's annoying and pointless. Remember--you were once a crying, annoying brat that wanted a fistful of candy. And if you say that you were a perfect little angel who never uttered an untoward peep, I call bullshit. All babies cry, including you.

The second point is directed towards those who choose not to have children of your own. That's your decision; fine. You want to mention this in passing in a thread? OK, just don't cross the Fratching line, and it's all good. But you cannot use those terms OR ridicule those people on these boards who have children. They made a choice, just as you did.

Having children doesn't make them any better than you or vice versa. This also doesn't give you the right to lecture parents on how they should raise their children, and it doesn't give you the right to decry the actions of companies who try to cater to parents. "How is it fair that they have a 'parents night' at my restaurant?" "Why do parents get better parking spots than I?" It's called catering to a market--just the same as businesses do with Seniors Days, Ladies Nights, and Student Rates. You want to do something about it? Start a petition or hold a protest, but don't preach to people on here--this isn't the place to convert.

If you've decided to skip the meat-and-potatoes of this post, here's the summary: Stop with the graphic euphemisms for children. Myself and the rest of the mod team will be dealing with those who continue to use them.
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