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Old 07-17-2006, 05:17 PM
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Yesterday I went swim suit shopping with my girlfriend at Macy's. Everything was going fine until she wanted to try on some suits and I had to wait outside of the fitting room for her. After about 5 mins of waiting, this mother, her mother and three kids come to the fitting room as well. So, I'm sitting there and the mom goes towards the fitting room while grandma is feeding the youngest (cute little girl, no older than a month). While the mother is waiting to go into the next available room, the other two kids (two boys, 7 and 5 respectively) start running around like crazy. One starts picking up the department phone and screaming into it then putting it back down...then picking it up, screaming into and putting it back down (wash, rinse and repeat). The oldest finally calms down some, but then he wants to start grabbing the ladies clothes from the fitting room and put them in random places. All I could do was look at both the Mom and Grandma in awe. They didn't say anything to either of the kids. All they did was pretend that everything was fine while these two little hellions ran amuck near the women's fitting rooms. All she had to say was "stop it" and I would have been happy. Gah, some parents these days!

Have I got a fitting room story for you!
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Old 07-17-2006, 10:51 PM
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I can do one worse than this, although your story is bad enough.

I know a person who took her 3 1/2 year old with her to the fitting rooms while she and her mom were bathing suit shopping. She went into one room, her mom went into another room, and she put the 3 y.o. in his own room.

Big, big mistake. Huge.

The kid, left to his own devices, dropped trou and peed all over the fitting room.

I asked the mom what she did and she said "Nothing. I just got out of there".
I was horrified.

Why are all my little kid stories about pee lately?

p.s. if my daughter started acting the way the kids in your story acted, she'd be outta that store so quickly she wouldn't have known what hit her.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:47 AM
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...and she put the 3 y.o. in his own room.

Big, big mistake. Huge.

The kid, left to his own devices, dropped trou and peed all over the fitting room.

She should be glad that is all that happened, and that her 'precious' wasn't kidnapped.

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Old 07-18-2006, 03:07 AM
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Sometimes I just want to hurt parents who let their kids run around in the dressing rooms, play on the escalator, or jump on the display beds. My major pet peeve is parents who don't pay attention to their kids in the dressing rooms, especially with the news of a little girl killed in a Sears dressing room by a folding mirror a week ago. Apparently, she had been playing with it, at least that's what the rumors are in our store and on the web.

I don't like seeing little kids get hurt. That's why I will tell a kid to stop doing something stupid or dangerous the moment I see it and I don't care what the parent says to me afterwards.

I also can't stand it when parents push strollers onto the escalator with their kids still strapped in them. OMG. What the hell are they thinking? What if their hold slipped and they let go of the stroller? Usually it's too late when I try to tell them we have an elevator nearby. Anyway, sorry to go off topic like that...

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Old 07-18-2006, 08:03 AM
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p.s. if my daughter started acting the way the kids in your story acted, she'd be outta that store so quickly she wouldn't have known what hit her.

With both of my children, the threat, "Keep it up and we're going home," was followed through. They know that they will be taken home and my saying it is usually all it takes to get improved behavior.
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Old 07-18-2006, 10:05 AM
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I'd always prefer to be thought of as an interfering old bag, for telling a parent to take better care of their child, than have to give a statement to the police after an accident where a child is severely injured or even killed....I do think that the willingness to speak up to bad parents tends to come with age or with parenthood, as i didn't speak up much when I was younger. These days i don't give a monkey's, so I do ask parents to control their kids when they are running riot, or tell them that such-and-such a thing is dangerous.
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Old 07-18-2006, 12:35 PM
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She should be glad that is all that happened, and that her 'precious' wasn't kidnapped.
Exactly. What killed me about what happened was, that

1) she was there with her mother. What was wrong with mom staying outside the dressing rooms while the parent tried on suits, and then the parent could watch the kid while the mom tried on suits. Sure it would have taken longer, but so what?
2) I don't understand why a person who also works in retail would even think that it's remotely OK to let your kid pee in a dressing room and not tell anyone or offer to clean it up. She just left!
3) I cannot imagine, ever, ever, every leaving DD in a dressing room by herself. *shudder*

But this was also the mom that let her kid run rampant in parking lots - and he nearly got creamed by cars more than once.
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What is WRONG with some of these people????
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:14 PM
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Angry What is WRONG with some of these people????

Listen, I just had a baby 10 months ago. I now spend my entire exsistance with my heart in my throat, convinced there are tigers and dingos and kidnappers and all other calamities at every step, just waiting to pounce on my child.

I used to be fearless. Now I've surpassed even my own mother in worry. I told her to "enjoy her revenge on me."

I take my child out I don't even let go of the stroller unless my Mom or husband is with me and helping me.

I just do not know how some parents can be so cavalier with their children.

I remember this one IDIOT woman came into Kinko's with a toddler and was working out in self-serve. She had a copy machine open while she was doing a paste up on the table (why, I could not tell you) and her toddler was standing there playing around in the guts of the machine. Yes. A toddler. Playing. Guts of copy machine. Ever poked around in there? Well, it's full of all sorts of hazzards: a burning hot fuser that you can fry eggs on, electrical circuits, loose, toxic toner in powder form, fuser oil, places that pinch and crush, things that cut, other things that stab. I

I ran out there, pulled her kid gently but firmly out of the machine, and closed the door. I said "Ma'am, do not let your child play in or with the machines." She looked at me like a dumb cow with a mildly annoyed look on her face. I said "I don't imagine you want to spend thousands of dollars replacing this machine, and we don't want to spend thousands of dollars when you sue us because your child was injured. That's not a safe place for a child to play." (like I even had to TELL her that, right?)

If she complained, I never heard about it.

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Old 07-18-2006, 03:55 PM
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Well, the parent's reasoning is that if something happens, they can sue the store. Great morals these people have, using their kids to make money.

I have to keep an eye on the 20 year old kids, the ones that want to have silly string shootouts in the store (true story), keeping an eye on your little brat isn't my responsibility.

I so want to put up a sign that says "These game machines are not a babysitting service, monitoring your children is your responsibility and failure to do so will not fall on the store."
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:20 PM
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With both of my children, the threat, "Keep it up and we're going home," was followed through. They know that they will be taken home and my saying it is usually all it takes to get improved behavior.
And that's it, exactly. The key to great parenting. If you threaten, you have got to follow through. I think this is where the majority of people fail. They say "Oh little Tiffany, stop that or I'll take away a toy/spank/pull you out of the store" and then they let little Tiffany keep doing what she was doing with no consequences attached to the behavior.

It works like a charm. Threaten + carry out punishment = change in behavior. Simple.
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