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WIBU to make a small child cry in the supermarket?

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BlackMini Sun 28-Apr-13 08:57:24

I feel terrible about it!

I was at work yesterday and noticed a mum with a pram and baby finishing paying at a checkout and her small dd, about 2 years old, wandering off. She ended up standing in a sliding door, fingers on the edge before wandering out onto the pavement in the car park.

I ran out and turned her back in bringing her to her mum but the lady gave me such a look of disgust that I had to ask if she was hers! She looked at me with horror and said "she was with her brothers". I hadn't realised she was outside with other children but they only looked about 6 and 8 and were larking around.

The mum said it was ok when I apologised, but I can't help feeling like an interfering cow.


Isityouorme Sun 28-Apr-13 08:58:44

No you weren't. You did the right thing. Imagine if you said nothing and someone took her ..... She was probably grateful later.

neighbourhoodwitch Sun 28-Apr-13 08:58:56

God not at all - I would have done the same. You can't be too careful. xx

saintmerryweather Sun 28-Apr-13 09:00:41

The 8 and 6 year old shouldnt have been larking about in the car park, its not a playground fgs! You definitely did the right thing

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sun 28-Apr-13 09:03:01

Yes you did the right thing. You could hardly ignore a child wandering off.

toffeelolly Sun 28-Apr-13 09:03:05

You did the right thing yes. if only there was more like you about.

BlackMini Sun 28-Apr-13 09:12:49

I'm glad you all think I did the right thing! It didn't feel like it at the time with the daggers the mum shot at me.

It gets me on edge though seeinf children wandering into the carpark on their own.

Piemother Sun 28-Apr-13 09:20:02

Yanbu better safe than sorry

PoppyWearer Sun 28-Apr-13 09:33:01

YANBU but I have a cautionary tale.

I hoicked up my judgey pants a while ago on seeing two small children walking along a busy-ish road alone, no parent in sight, on their way to school (late). I stopped them and asked where their mummy was, they said she was behind them dealing with their sibling, who was having a tantrum, and she had told them to go on ahead so as not to be later for school than they already were.

I told them to wait until she caught up. Which they did. And along she came, holding a screaming toddler. No thank you, she just yelled at the older kids to keep walking.

Did I judge? Yep!

I found out soon after that her DH is terminally ill.

If I had known, I would have walked those children to school myself.

I have retired my judgey pants.

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