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To be really angry when I see flowers being picked in public places?

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Sativa Sat 13-Apr-13 16:00:05

Today I saw a small boy of about 4 or 5 picking a daffodil from a park to present to his mum/nan (hard to tell). All very lovely but if everyone stopped to pick one there would soon be nothing left but a few leaves!

I like seeing the Spring flowers and I taught my children to leave them where they were for everyone's enjoyment.

.....so I screamed like a banshee out of the car window "Stop picking the flowers !"

insancerre Sat 13-Apr-13 16:02:26

I think you need to chill.
There are plenty of flowers to go round.

usualsuspect Sat 13-Apr-13 16:13:25

Long thread in active convos about this already.

In fact it was just above this one on the list.

FunnyLittleFrog Sat 13-Apr-13 16:18:06

You screamed like a banshee at a 5 year old? yes, sounds reasonable to me.

Sativa Sat 13-Apr-13 16:46:47

I am quite chilled generally but I just feel this is selfish behaviour.

I'm going to look for the other thread now !

PuppyMonkey Sat 13-Apr-13 16:48:51

I think yabu but I would have liked to see you doing the banshee screaming out the car window, you big loon grin

ElliesWellies Sat 13-Apr-13 16:50:57

YABU to have screamed, but YANBU in general. Also don't like seeing people trampling all over them. Agree they should be left for the enjoyment of all. You can buy little bunches of them for £1 anyway.

GruffaloAteMySocks Sat 13-Apr-13 18:04:50

It's one flower, you sound like an incredibly unpleasant person. hmm

Sativa Sun 14-Apr-13 16:22:32

So is one flower ok? Where is this rule written ?? What if someone chose to pick 50 ? It's only 50, there are millions of flowers in the world. He'd already picked one and as the 'responsible' adult with him thought this was acceptable, he went back to pick more. There were only about 5 daffodils in all; like I said if everyone had this attitude there would be no flowers left in the parks & public spaces. If you're happy with that fine, but I'm not. It's the principle hmm

MintyyAeroEgg Sun 14-Apr-13 16:24:49

Yanbu - by my reckoning it goes about 90/10 yanbu on this subject.

MintyyAeroEgg Sun 14-Apr-13 16:25:36

"It's one flower, you sound like an incredibly unpleasant person."

And you sound charming yourself Gruffalo hmm

Sativa Sun 14-Apr-13 16:27:43

Thanks Minty grin

Suzietastic Sun 14-Apr-13 16:32:39

YANBU they are not there to be picked. His mother should have dealt with it.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 14-Apr-13 16:35:31

.....so I screamed like a banshee out of the car window "Stop picking the flowers !"
At a 5 year old? hmm

LagomOchLyckaSwede Sun 14-Apr-13 16:36:58

YANBU but the screaming was very OTT! A woman once screeched 'don't just dump that there!' Because DS had dropped his cup out of his pram aged 2. I was on the ground before she'd shouted and when she kind of realised she turned bright red (I have never seen someone blush so much, before or since) and we kind of laughed awkwardly.

Forwardscatter Sun 14-Apr-13 16:45:34

So a small child can't pick a flower in a park anymore?
How depressing.

Sativa Sun 14-Apr-13 16:47:33

I doubt he'll be permanently traumatised.....

AmIthatSpringy Sun 14-Apr-13 16:51:46

I think if you can find the other thread, you will see that YANBU.

Am actually surpried that there are people on this thread who think that it's okay to pick flowers in a park hmm

After all, it's only one
Poor children deprived of all fun

hmmph

Sativa Sun 14-Apr-13 16:52:26

And just for the record I also scream at children who chase pigeons/ducks/peacocks etc while their parents are standing around seemingly oblivious to it. Poor darlings....wink

MintyyAeroEgg Sun 14-Apr-13 16:52:27

Its not depressing ForwardScatter! Don't be so silly. There wouldn't be any flowers in parks if all children were allowed to pick them for their mummies. That would be depressing.

Sativa Sun 14-Apr-13 16:54:20

Forwardscatter - no, no they can't. They can look and smell and appreciate but they can't pick. What's depressing is a bunch of flowerless leaves.....

jacks365 Sun 14-Apr-13 16:54:51

Nope small children can't pick flowers in a park. Apart from anything else its illegal. The thing is where do you draw the line with what's acceptable and what's not, 1 flower or 100? Would it be acceptable to steal 1 sweet from a shop? because that is the same issue taking something that is not yours.

Forwardscatter Sun 14-Apr-13 16:56:00

minty, we clearly have a very different view of what's depressing and what's not.
But I suspect we can both live with that.

MummyYah Sun 14-Apr-13 16:56:34

A daisy or dandelion is fine! But specially planted flowers not really - but it's the parent's responsibility to say so. Mine didn't like the idea of 'killing' a flower when I gently explained!

CaramelLatte Sun 14-Apr-13 16:56:55

I'm with you OP, the flowers are there for everyone's enjoyment. If you want flowers go and buy some.

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