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And you don't see a problem with this?
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Old 07-07-2018, 02:11 PM
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Small incident. But I count it as a sucky customer story because of this parent's reply.

A man with his two sons and daughter asked me where the allergy relief pillows were. I took him to the aisle and I even showed him where the protective covers were. Easy enough.

His little girl said hello to me and I said hi back. But before I could leave, she hugs me.

I put up my hands and as professionally as you can imagine said, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!"

"She does that with everyone," the dad says.

"Okay," I said. And when the kid let go I practically bolted. I heard her say something like, "He doesn't like me."

Which really isn't fair. I don't know her and she doesn't know me. When a kid I don't know hugs me, I have no clue why or how it's going to go down. I don't know what the parents are going to say later, maybe in the store, or to friends and how that story might get twisted and turned down the road.

Either way, if your kid isn't related to me, I don't want him or her hugging me.

And for the dad to have had such a nonchalant reaction to his daughter, "Hugging everyone", really just upped the annoyance. It means he'd be perfectly okay with her hugging someone who might prove a little too eager to hug her back.

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Old 07-07-2018, 04:16 PM
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Teaching boundaries is important, assuming everyone will welcome touching is a dangerous assumption. I wouldn't care for it either. One thing about being female is that people seem to think that having a uterus means I am maternal. Ha. Ha.
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:53 AM
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My nieces and nephews are basically the only kids on the unlimited hugs plan. And the handful of second cousins I'm aware that I have.

As is I have a nephew who, like me, was diagnosed with Aspergers not too long ago. I never force a hug on him but he knows I love him no matter what.
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