To think that children really don't need to use their scooters in the supermarket?

(249 Posts)
Pointlessfan Wed 30-Jul-14 16:28:24

Or inside shopping centres or any other place where there really isn't enough space and the rest of us have to keep dodging them. This is seriously getting on my nerves, every time I go shopping I have to keep jumping out of the path of children zooming about on scooters. Why can't they ride them in the park? I was brought up to be considerate of others and would never have been allowed to use a scooter, bike or roller skates in shops or any where else where I would be in the way.
Feel better for getting that off my chest! So is it just me or are others equally annoyed by this?

Smilesandpiles Wed 30-Jul-14 16:33:12

It annoys me too. What's wrong with leaving thim by the door while you are in the shop or leave the child outside with the scooter or leave the bloody thing at home.

Balance bikes are also becoming a nuisance too.

NewtRipley Wed 30-Jul-14 16:35:01

It's antisocial.

And when I am old and infirm I shall bloody well wave my stick and their parents who let them do this and potentially cause me to fall and brake my hip

NewtRipley Wed 30-Jul-14 16:35:25

at their parents

break my hip

Pointlessfan Wed 30-Jul-14 16:38:21

I feel very sorry for anyone elderly or immobile trying to negotiate the shops, it's bad enough with a pushchair! Don't even get me started on people parking across the pavement!!

YouTheCat Wed 30-Jul-14 16:38:34

There were 2 with scooters in Sainsburys today. But to be fair, they were wheeling their scooters not riding them and I have no problem with this.

I have perfected my hard stare for such crimes though.

MorphineDreams Wed 30-Jul-14 16:39:37

I have to bite tongue to stop it tutting at things like this.

Mrsfrumble Wed 30-Jul-14 16:43:22

YANBU! I've witnessed small children, totally unsupervised, hurtling up and down the booze aisle in Sainsbury's on their bloody scooters. Can you imagine if one had crashed into a shelf or display? I'm pretty sure the parents would be blaming Sainbury's if the child ended up lying in a puddle of broken glass and gin. Idiots (parents, not children).

NewtRipley Wed 30-Jul-14 16:46:13

I have problem with it in the street TBH. I used to confiscate my DSs scooters for a few days if they showed me they couldn't ride sensibly and thoughtfully

Problem is, the age that small DCs can ride these things, they have no awareness of space or other people.

MissBattleaxe Wed 30-Jul-14 16:46:17

YANBU. It's unbelievably selfish and I get livid with the stupid parents who allow it. In what way is it possibly OK that a child's right to run riot riot down supermarket aisles trumps a shopper's right to shop safely and in peace?

It's dangerous enough with trolleys everywhere, but zooming scooters and nonchalant parents is a step too far. Talk about entitlement!

magimedi Wed 30-Jul-14 16:46:29

There are notices in my local Tescos telling people not to use scooters inside & if I see a child on one I go & find a member of staff & ask them to tell the child/parent to stop. And I point out the offender to the staff so I make sure they tell them.

I am not really too grumpy but it's just so rude & selfish of the parents.

indigo18 Wed 30-Jul-14 16:50:20

YANBU.
There were two grown blokes riding BIKES down the aisles of my nearest ASDA a few weeks back.
Yep, in the door, down the aisles, round the eggs and bread, and on up the next aisle until they reached the things they wanted. No-one tried to stop them.

Pointlessfan Wed 30-Jul-14 16:55:31

Glad I'm not the only one who objects. I reckon some parents just let their kids ride them round so they can get on with their shopping in peace, nevermind the rest of us who would like to shop in peace!

mumofthemonsters808 Wed 30-Jul-14 16:57:06

This gets on my nerves too, I was walking around BHS one day when a kid came scooting full pelt through the aisles, I can not understand why any parent would allow this, but the Mother did not seem to be bothered she was too busy looking through the sales rail. I can understand the scooters being pushed or left outside, but I think the BHS staff should have pulled the Mother up, it was unfair to the other shoppers to expect them to just jump out of the way or be crashed into.

RiverTam Wed 30-Jul-14 17:01:01

complain every time, to the individual shop or the shopping centre. Far enough if the parents are wheeling the scooters but no-one should actually be scootering around inside. Or cycling, for that matter!

DownByTheRiverside Wed 30-Jul-14 17:05:54

Which is why you shop with a trolley and keep alert.
Use the trolley to block the hordes instead of jumping out of the way.
Or practise projecting your voice very loudly along the lines of 'LOOK WHERE YOU ARE GOING PLEASE' A good roar can stun at 10 paces. N
o good expecting the parent to do anything to curtail their beloved's freedom of expression.

Smilesandpiles Wed 30-Jul-14 17:06:58

or drop a twig in their path. They'll not do it again if they hurt themselves enough.

Pointlessfan Wed 30-Jul-14 17:09:41

Smiles - good plan!! I wonder where you can get those sting things the police use to stop car chases...

DownByTheRiverside Wed 30-Jul-14 17:10:59

They don't work on scooters sad they only work on inflatable tyres.

ElephantsNeverForgive Wed 30-Jul-14 17:11:46

Heelies - however they are spelt, are becoming a menace round here.

Suddenly pushing off the fridge flying backwards and spinning round with a stupid grin on your face is not clever it's likely to get you flattened under my trolly.

Smilesandpiles Wed 30-Jul-14 17:12:11

Won't work. You'll be liable. A twig can be blown in , kicked in or whatever. Stingers are pretty obvious. That and the wheels of these scooters are too bloody hard so it wouldn't work.

Lesleythegiraffe Wed 30-Jul-14 17:13:54

I'd never seen this until I was in Westfield shopping centre on holiday in London.

Lost count of the amount of times I was nearly knocked over by a child zooming around on a scooter.

Is this a London thing?

Daisby Wed 30-Jul-14 17:15:07

elephants I'm with you on heelies. Bloody nuisance and a generation of kids are destined to become awkward tiptoe walkers because of them. Not in my house although I suspect I'll be overruled by my militant 8 yr old

Scooters too, not near people and certainly not in shops. Mind you, they're great fun on the hill on the way back from the school run.......

Pointlessfan Wed 30-Jul-14 17:15:28

Oh yes those heelie shoe things are really annoying too, worse than scooters in many ways, you can't see them coming so easily!

DownByTheRiverside Wed 30-Jul-14 17:15:33

'it's likely to get you flattened under my trolly.'

See, trolley is good, used as a defence to block. Think of it as teaching them early road safety skills.
You could always try hysterical screeching and accusations of malice aforethought as well.

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