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To think that this is utterly bizarre and unfair?

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VulvaVoom Sun 05-Jan-14 12:50:51

I was looking up prices of a local adventure park place (the kind that has lots of land, farmyard animals, rides etc) and this was in with the entrance fee info:

'We are sorry but we are unable to let single MEN OR WOMEN without children into the park. If you are here to meet someone let one of our reception staff know and they will happily do a tannoy asking them to come and meet you'

AIBU to find this utterly odd and unfair? Perhaps they've had a problem with predatory paedophiles in the past? confused

Imagine if, as an individual you went there for a wander/look at the animals/coffee and they wouldn't let you in.

I'm not the type to overreact but this certainly surprised me!

BuffyxSummers Sun 05-Jan-14 12:55:55

That's odd. I googled and found the place. Are single people allowed in the shop? I wonder if this is allowed.

HesterShaw Sun 05-Jan-14 12:55:58

But a pair of paedos together would be fine?

Not being flippant, just highlighting the absurdity.

kinkyfuckery Sun 05-Jan-14 12:56:52

A bit odd! Trying to keep away the single trainspotters wink

hercules1 Sun 05-Jan-14 12:58:58

Maybe they've had an issue with someone coming to their farm on a regular basis for no obvious reason and it's just easier to put a blanket rule.

southeastastra Sun 05-Jan-14 13:00:39

is it even legal?

McSnail Sun 05-Jan-14 13:01:41

I find that annoying. It reminds me of the time most of our local links was cordoned off for a Parents and Children's Day - you couldn't go in if you didn't have a kid. Had to walk the dog elsewhere.

ShadowFall Sun 05-Jan-14 13:05:27

Seems odd.

as pp says, why bar individual adults but not groups of 2 or more adults?

BarbarianMum Sun 05-Jan-14 13:07:55

I think that is really wrong and discriminatory. And utterly pointless, of course (from the view of child protection~).

When I worked in a similar establishment, one of our most frequent visitors was a lovely man who had some form of learning disability. He used to come in regularly, help groom the goats, pet the rabbits etc. The thought that someone like him would be banned makes me very cross.

KurriKurri Sun 05-Jan-14 13:09:14

I have just newly become single, and have grown up children- is this what the future holds for me, people looking at me as if I am constantly up to no good if I go anywhere near children?

lunar1 Sun 05-Jan-14 13:10:17

I would put my bets in it being to keep a specific person out and though this may be an odd way to do it, it might be the most diplomatic way they could find to do it.

NatashaBee Sun 05-Jan-14 13:10:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pregnantpause Sun 05-Jan-14 13:12:32

Yanbu. Utterly ridiculous. What if you brought your cbt certificate with you? Would you be allowed in having proved that you are legally allowed to be alone with children?

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 05-Jan-14 13:14:09

It would be better if they had the sane tile as the Diana Memorial playground which is no unaccompanied adults allowed in (ie you have to be with a child)

ReluctantBeing Sun 05-Jan-14 13:14:20

It's not really the kind of place an adult would go to on their own though, is it?

Thurlow Sun 05-Jan-14 13:15:05

That's very odd. I can see that it is a kids/family fun park more than a zoo, and I suppose in that light it's similar to a soft play centre - I reckon most soft plays would be confused or wary if a single adult wanted to go in.

But there are still animals there...?

kinkyfuckery Sun 05-Jan-14 13:17:51

How about putting into place a rule that all children have to be supervised by a parent/adult?
No need to worry about a paedophile getting their mitts on your kid if you're watching them wink

CaptainTripps Sun 05-Jan-14 13:21:27

I'm sure other countries are not as ridiculously hysterical about the (very very slight) risk of stranger danger.

Does the UK breed more pedos or are we OTT?

VulvaVoom Sun 05-Jan-14 13:26:44

My DD has a single uncle (my DB) but if he wanted to meet us there our name would need to be bellowed over a tannoy first, as though he was being let into MI5.

Single men especially those with beards like he has clearly seem to frighten them, seems they have issues of their own smile

SaveMeTheLastGreenTriangle Sun 05-Jan-14 13:32:03

Very unfair! Can I also nominate "couples only" campsites? There's a lovely one in Wales i want to camp at but I will have to ask special permisson as a Single Person.

TurnOffTheTv Sun 05-Jan-14 13:39:31

Why on earth would anyone want to go to an adventure park that is filled with kids, by themselves anyway? I couldn't think of anything worse grin

happybubblebrain Sun 05-Jan-14 13:41:49

It certainly isn't safe to assume that all men with children are fine. So this rule isn't protecting anyone.

HesterShaw Sun 05-Jan-14 13:42:20

I don't know. To see the little goats and pigs? To have a go on rides? I like rides and farm animals.

In a non dodgy way of course.

SaveMeTheLastGreenTriangle Sun 05-Jan-14 16:29:23

Sometimes when you're single it's nice to go to places where lots of people are out having fun! Lonely walks in the woods can lose their appeal.

sicily1921 Sun 05-Jan-14 16:34:37

It is disgraceful.

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