AIBU to be quietly pissed off with a woman taking up a buggy space with her "reborn" doll?

(162 Posts)
VinegarDrinker Sat 26-Jan-13 21:31:53

First up, I fully accept that this woman may well have psychological issues. And there is NO WAY I would say anything out loud.

And people are welcome to whatever hobbies they enjoy, and if that involves buying big expensive travel systems for your doll then be my guest.

But taking up a buggy space on a busy bus/train? AIBU to think this is taking your hobby a tiny bit too far?

perceptionreality Mon 28-Jan-13 16:38:28

I've seen that programme. I can't help thinking it's sad. One woman spent thousands on designer clothes for a doll and expensive travel system etc. I can understand why someone might do this if they really wanted a baby and couldn't have one but iirc, the reasons given by one person were that they didn't want a real baby because they make a mess hmm

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 28-Jan-13 16:33:12
mirry2 Mon 28-Jan-13 13:23:33

I think the op is being a bit hardhearted. Imo the woman must have a psychological need for a baby and deserves some compassion.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 28-Jan-13 13:18:58

did anyone watch the programme love me love my doll about men with real life dolls they dressed them up, put make up on them sat them down at the dinner table had sex with them and one bloke actually took his out in the car but would stick a label on it saying it was a doll. imagine one of those on a bus grin

LittleMissFantabulous Mon 28-Jan-13 13:14:00

I would have pointed out the luggage rack, as I said up thread. Quite how much of her paraphenalia she chose to put there would have been up to her.

Quacks I suggested she could put the doll in the luggage rack whilst she folded the pushchair. On all of the folding buggy threads the issue that keeps cropping up is 'where do I put the baby so that I can fold the pushchair?' so I just pointed out that this lady wouldn't have had the same problem. smile

QuacksForDoughnuts Mon 28-Jan-13 10:58:09

Did anyone suggest seriously that the lady should stick the doll in the luggage rack? I read it more as holding the 'baby' and putting the folded buggy/pram in the rack. Which is a pain in the arse to do, but plenty of people with real live babies have to do it so doll lady would probably have it easier than someone whose child was wriggling and shrieking the whole time. She seems to be getting more sympathy than a lot of mothers with real babies who post about taking buggies on public transport!

RooneyMara Mon 28-Jan-13 10:28:13

MrsDevere that's hilarious!

We have various homeless and very mad people round here who use buggies to transport all their worldly goods.

One is a lady with too much make up on, she always makes me smile, I like her - but you can't have a conversation.

There used to be a strange and creepy bloke who wore sunglasses and pushed an M&P aria for years and years - I could never look at him, never use an aria after that. He was extremely frightening.

ShephardsDelight Mon 28-Jan-13 09:59:45

Quietly miffed? I would have been vocally miffed!!!

carrying a sleeping toddler out a buggy and folding up is a lot bloody heavier with a real child!!!

SirBoobAlot Mon 28-Jan-13 09:55:27

Don't think you can compare banning shoes in the house to pushing a dog around in a buggy...

there Is a woman where I live who does this, two dolls in a real pram. she will stop anyone with children to compare their babies. she often tells me that they sleep all night and are so good, I smile and nod whilst resisting the urge to say that's because their plastic.she has a sad story and has never wanted anything more than children but it doesnt stop me from being unnerved

garlicblocks Mon 28-Jan-13 07:59:59

pixwix, you've got the best claim to fame I think!

Not so sure it's 'creepy' to walk an empty pram in the mornings, or a dog/doll in a buggy. They are people's coping mechanisms, surely? Lots of mumsnetters do things I find a bit weird - banning shoes in houses, for one! - but if it makes you feel better and doesn't hurt anyone ...

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 28-Jan-13 00:04:51

I once bumped into someone I used to be friends with, she was walking around marks and Spencer's with a dead dog in a carrier bag, clothes shopping ( her not the dead dog)

She didnt have a ferret

LittleMissFantabulous Sun 27-Jan-13 23:52:34

There's a woman who lives near my old house who takes a classic silver cross coach built pram out everyday for a walk to the local post office. Thee is never anyone/thing in it. Creepy as hell:/

There's a couple who use the bus route I do who have two trollies. One for their shopping and one for their rat on a lead Yorkshire terrier. They've filled the trolley with a duvet and blankets to make a platform for the fog. They're odd.

pixwix Sun 27-Jan-13 22:38:04

I once met the man who held the world record for having the most number of ferrets down his trousers.

riskit4abiskit Sun 27-Jan-13 22:23:07

Well dogs are one thing.....but ferrets?!

Dangerous IMO, if you leant over to look, they'd have your nose

Teeth like needles I tell you.

VinegarDrinker Sun 27-Jan-13 21:40:07

Hah MrsDV "This sort of thing is just part of living in East London really* - you are very right. Dogs in buggies are definitely normal around here.

Kiriwawa Sun 27-Jan-13 21:10:41

If there was only one empty seat on the bus and when you went to sit down, the person in the other seat told you their invisible friend was sitting there, would you sit there anyway?

What if they had an imaginary football team?

5madthings Sun 27-Jan-13 21:06:12

You can get special doggy prams there is an elderly lady I see on the school run who has one and one of the big issue sellers in town has ferrets he keeps on leads. Most so queer as folk!

Lol at mrsdevere being mistaken for a crazy dog lady! grin

auldspinster Sun 27-Jan-13 21:01:14

A colleague told me about a lady who pushes her dogs around in a pram and fashions rain hats out of carrier bags for them. I did spot dogs in what looked like a pram, but on closer imspection it had paw prints and was a special doggy pram.

SirBoobAlot Sun 27-Jan-13 20:59:27

grin MrsDV

MrsDeVere Sun 27-Jan-13 20:38:23

I have a dog in a buggy story.

I am a <cough> older mum (I have older DCs too but I have had two in my 40s)

I had dropped DC4 off at the nursery and was walking back with an empty buggy and my small dog.

A young mum stopped to admire the dog, looked at me and said 'awwww he even has his own buggy too'

It struck me that this flipping whippersnapper assumed I was a mad old dog lady who pushed a full sized sodding Silver Cross around for the comfort of her chihuahua!

I wouldn't have minded so much but I was pg with DC5 at the time so she obviously thought I was a fat mad old dog lady hmm

aquashiv Sun 27-Jan-13 20:35:03

Ferrets brilliant do you think they had car seats also?

MrsDeVere Sun 27-Jan-13 20:34:57

I don't think we should assume that this woman is childless or mentally ill.
That could be the case but it is just as likely she is someone who wants the baby without the fuss.

Either way there is no need to be nasty or to say a word unless she was really causing trouble for someone by taking up a space.

I have to admit, the world of reborns is a weird and unknown entity for me.

I do know that sometimes reborns are made in the image of lost babies and I think if that brings comfort its is a beautiful thing. I think it highly, highly unlikely that a bereaved mother would use it as a substitute and carry it around like a real baby. Not unless the woman was having some sort of psychotic episode.

Chances are this woman was play acting because she likes to.

SirBoobAlot Sun 27-Jan-13 20:30:45

Most annoying one was a woman with a small buggy on the bus... I looked into it as I parked my DS's next... Two fucking FERRETS were in there.

<silent scream>

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