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chaosisawayoflife Wed 08-May-13 17:34:38

This has just been shared by one of my 'friends'.Please keep a close eye on your children.. Today my precious 5 year old goddaughter was approached by a man in a green car in the knaphill area. He gave her a pound and told her to go to the shop up the road. Luckily she had adults around watching her but please take care of your precious Angels. There are some sick people around and it only takes a split second! I dread to think what could have happened xxxx love her millions.

Ummm, what exactly did this 'sick individual' do wrong? Poor guy, I'm willing to bet he got abused for it too, when he was probably just trying to do a nice thing.

confused

HeySoulSister Wed 08-May-13 17:37:18

Well why would he do a nice thing for a random child?

McKayz Wed 08-May-13 17:37:18

WTF??

biscuit

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 08-May-13 17:38:21

If a man in a car approached my child and gave her money, I would consider it odd behaviour.
However I think the use of phrases like "precious angels" and "loves her millions" is odd too.

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Wed 08-May-13 17:39:15

Not sure if hes creepy bit the precious angels shite is

Dawndonna Wed 08-May-13 17:40:07

Some bloke once gave my dd two quid at a checkout, she was talking about a book she was saving up for. He was so impressed she was saving for a book and not spending on sweets. Should I have given him a kicking?
FFS. Can't people be nice anymore? He gave her a pound and told her to go in the opposite direction to his car. He didn't tell her to get in, or ask her odd questions. Pull yourself together.

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Wed 08-May-13 17:40:21

Tnh I've had an elderly ask me if it was ok to talk to my son and if it was ok to give me a pound for him to go on the ride. I was pretty sad about the fact he had to ask

DamsonJam Wed 08-May-13 17:41:32

This is the story on Surrey Police website.

www.surrey.police.uk/news/news-stories/full-news-story/article/4525/investigation-launched-following-reports-of-man-approaching-girls-in-knaphill

ENormaSnob Wed 08-May-13 17:41:43

Do you reckon it's an ott reaction to what was in the news yesterday?

The british paedophile living in America who had a dungeon under his house. I cried reading it tbh.

Fluffypinkcoat Wed 08-May-13 17:41:49

Random man in car does it one day. And the next. And the next. Child trusts him. Man asks child to get in car one day. Child gets in.

Grooming.

maidmarian2012 Wed 08-May-13 17:46:04

Allsorts of stupid shite gets put on FB. People putting stickers on your garden gate then coming back to steal your dog etc etc....

Typical FB talk, love her millions and precious angels.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Wed 08-May-13 17:46:57

Was she thinking that his intention was to get the child to walk up the road, away from their home and then get her into the car?

Just giving a child some money is a kind thing to do. Giving a child some money and telling them to go <points> over there to the shop may not be as innocent. That report on the police website linked to above seems to suggest someone who is targeting young girls. It's not normal behaviour to drive round and talk to young children, try to give them money and drive off if a parent approaches!

McKayz Wed 08-May-13 17:47:23

I'd be wary. Horrible as it is but I would be. I think it would be completely different if I was with my child.

maidmarian2012 Wed 08-May-13 17:47:35

I stand corrected as Iv just seen the PP about the Police Investigation blush

PoppyAmex Wed 08-May-13 17:54:07

"Well why would he do a nice thing for a random child?"

I try to do nice things for random people as much as possible, does that make me a criminal? confused

In southern Europe, old people (and young for that matter) are forever pressing coins into children's hands for a "little sweetie"; it's so sad that we've come to this.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Wed 08-May-13 18:07:09

Well, the police website linked to further up the thread details a man in a green car driving round approaching unaccompanied children and driving off when the parent calls the child.

I think that's different than a kindly person giving a child a coin. My children have both been given money by elderly people. I was there. They smiled at me, chatted with me, cooed over my children. It was lovely.

I wouldn't like my child to be approached by someone in a car who offered them money and sped off when an adult approached.

PoppyAmex Wed 08-May-13 18:09:53

Yes, of course that's different (and bloody scary) Hecsy.

My comment was more about the "why do something nice for a random child".

TheOrchardKeeper Wed 08-May-13 18:11:49

Giving a kid a few quid to be nice is one thing...

Doing it from a car? Really? On what planet is that not odd/possibly grooming, as someone up thread said.

It's lovely when random acts of kindness happen, as people have described, but this sounds premeditated. Plus that police report, so there you have it really...

sara11272 Wed 08-May-13 18:27:01

I think this is odd behaviour and if I'd seen it would probably share it, albeit without the 'precious angels' stuff.

As someone said upthread, do this often enough and you become 'the nice old man who gives me money', therefore not a 'stranger'.

Giving money to children when their parents aren't around looks like definite strange behaviour to me. And even people who don't mean any harm should think about the way their behaviour might be interpreted and desist.

MsUumellmahaye Wed 08-May-13 18:37:51

there was a man shouting and waving at a girl at my ds school, people were going nuts about it. I thought they were all overreacting and acting hysterical, i thought he was maybe just an old man being nice. turns out he is on the sex offenders register for raping his granddaughter sad chips away at your confidence about trusting people, i hate that.

PumpkinPositive Wed 08-May-13 18:40:51

I dread to think what could have happened

The tight bastard could have given her a tenner?

Love the description of the sexual deviant suspect on the Surrey Police site.

Pigsmummy Wed 08-May-13 23:14:36

Really confused by this post tbh. Are you not a bit worried by a stranger approaching children with money or is your last paragraph missing some vital """""""

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Wed 08-May-13 23:24:31

I've seen that too! I dont live in surrey anymore, but in the town i live in loads of people give 2yo DS a quid in the pubs and cafes. Its night and pays for his hot chocolate

yaimee Wed 08-May-13 23:24:50

It's a kind thing to do if the child is with adults.
If she seemed to be on her own then it's a bit odd and i would be wary.
I don't think adult men should be attempting to engage strange children when there isn't an adult obvious, unless they are doing so out of concern that the child is lost or in danger!

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