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To think people should not be shopping with children

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Domjolly Sun 24-Feb-13 17:23:21

Went to 24 hour tesco on friday night it was about 1:30am and i was shocked how many people were doing a full shop with kids in tow

Not getting bit and bobs in aemegancey they had a full trolly full and the kids were ranging from about 4-11 and it was a few seprate familes

There is so circumstance i can think of were your children need to be up at 1:30am doing a full shop with you

these were not small bairs these were school age children shock

I totally understand the frazzled mum in a onsie grabbing some calpol after a bad night of high fever

But under what other senero should a child be up at 1:30 period let alone doung a weekly shop confused

No wonder teachers have a time of it with kids to blinking tired to work

Serious answer though. It's quiet, and I hate people.

grin grin grin

Me too.

MrsKeithRichards Sun 24-Feb-13 17:52:05

Operating do please but together a list of acceptable reasons and ways in which to behave for my future reference please.

PurpleBlossom Sun 24-Feb-13 17:54:35

I secretly judge those people too OP.

I mean yes they could have been up already with a screaming baby, or needed to drag their children out of bed for some emergency milk hmm but chances are that isn't the case.

Oh I also (pre DD) happily parked in CP bays because you shouldn't be shopping with children at 2am wink

BambieO Sun 24-Feb-13 17:55:40

But maybe the emergency was that they were having an all night children of the night party and the clowns and entertainers had run out of food and small animals to aacrifice? grin

Seriously, who knows and more to the point who cares why someone has taken their (emphasis on their) own children out shopping at what we would deem an ungodly hour.

I'm sure they have their reasons, I can think of other things to do at 1:30am sleep but everyone is different

Iteotwawki Sun 24-Feb-13 17:56:43

I've done a full shop at 1.30am with kids in tow. On more than one occasion, for different reasons (jet lag meaning we were all awake being the most recent).

During the school week they are in bed by 7, asleep by 8 and up at 6.30 for a proper breakfast.


Rowlers Sun 24-Feb-13 17:57:20

Madness, IMO.
Can't think of many occasions when one really couldn't wait till the morning.

SoleSource Sun 24-Feb-13 17:59:45

You have no idea of their reasons so YABU.

Chiggers Sun 24-Feb-13 17:59:47

There's no school on a Saturday, so the DC could sleep in and catch up on lost sleep. The DC may have been so tired they needed a long nap in the afternoon, and so were unable to sleep later on. I know that I was so exhausted after school that I would fall asleep as soon as I went upstairs to my bedroom and I couldn't keep awake, despite getting a full night's sleep.

Maybe the nother took them at that time because they were awake and there was far fewer people to make nasty, unwarranted comments, AND there would be fewer people at the checkouts, so she could go, get her shopping and get out ASAP.

TBH, I don't see the problem. If she was initially out to get emergency supplies, then she may as well get the shopping while she was there anyway. It saves petrol having to go there and back again the next day. I would have done the same thing.

MrsDeVere Sun 24-Feb-13 18:00:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

usualsuspect Sun 24-Feb-13 18:02:26

Maybe the were Mnetters? doing it to see if anyone started a thread about them...

Chiggers Sun 24-Feb-13 18:02:32

mother not nother

mamalovesmojitos Sun 24-Feb-13 18:02:42


Nanny0gg Sun 24-Feb-13 18:05:37

I'm happy to judge.
It won't do them any good to have such a late night, school or no school. It's called a sleeping 'pattern' for a reason.
They'll be beyond useless at school on Monday whether they sleep all day at the weekend or not (and I bet they don't).
Short of it being a stop-off on the way back from holiday I don't see the justification. (and even then I'd rather go back home).

And don't tell the OP off for judging. That's what 99% of the the threads are for on forums.

BeechAvenue Sun 24-Feb-13 18:07:50

grin usualsuspect. Is there a dares thread on here somewhere? MNetters challenging each other to bag tables in cafes and refuse to fold huge prams onto packed buses, then rushing back here to await judgement?

Suzieismyname Sun 24-Feb-13 18:10:45

coming back from holiday is the only sane reason I can think of. Children should be in bed at 1.30am.

beatlegirl Sun 24-Feb-13 18:13:18

I'd judge too OP. Like a lot of threads on here, it's possible there are special circumstances, but it's more likely that there aren't.

I'm trying to think of a situation where I'd shop this late with kids. Back from holiday/kids ill and up anyway? Maybe. But not likely a full shop. I've also waited up until midnight for my wages to go in before, to nip out and get breakfast for the next day. But that would not require a full shop either.

BambieO Sun 24-Feb-13 18:13:23

Maybe they were all indeed coming back from holiday this changing the YANBU to a YABU? That's the thing no one knows!

Dogsmom Sun 24-Feb-13 18:15:19

I once sent my husband to Tesco to get me the latest Harry Potter book when it was released at midnight, apparently he was the only normally dressed adult man stood in a huge queue of kids dressed as wizards grin

BambieO Sun 24-Feb-13 18:16:13

Unless you see these children at 1:30am every week there is no way of knowing if there are special circumstances or not.

I do agree children need their sleep so I'm not siding with the moonlight shoppers but I just don't see how we can criticise without knowing why they are there?

BambieO Sun 24-Feb-13 18:16:42

dogsmum that is brilliant

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sun 24-Feb-13 18:17:11

I think it is bloody ridiculous taking kids out that time of night. So YANBU and all this crap about not judging people irritates the fuck out of me. We ALL judge people sometime or other about something. Some are more judgemental than others but we ALL judge / assess / sum up / evaluate.

ChewinTheFat Sun 24-Feb-13 18:23:10

Maybe to avoid massive crowds and people tutting at the kids getting in their way. People saying "why drag your kids round a supermarket on a busy Saturday". Canny win!

OrangeLily Sun 24-Feb-13 18:23:13

I posted pretty much the exact thread on the 23rd of December and got a bit of a roasting for being judgey.

I don't normally shop at that hour either but was awake because of pain so decided to get a bit to fix a Christmas present.

It wasn't just one family but several but evidently there was several good reasons why toddlers need to be in a 24hr supermarket at that that time.

But then the reason I was there because I was in pain and pacing the house was diving me nuts. So.... Who says the toddlers weren't in the same position??

DioneTheDiabolist Sun 24-Feb-13 18:23:49

YABU. I think all parents who have to take their DCs shopping should do so at stupid o'clock. That way I can do my shopping in peace.grin

jojane Sun 24-Feb-13 18:25:53

I must admit to being very judge the other day, popped into Tesco after work at about 11.30pm, couple were in there doing a full trolley shop with a 2 year oldish in tow, he was whining and the mum was saying I know your tired etc, I did think that one of them could have stayed home with te baby instead of dragging him out at that time of night!!

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