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To be annoyed that my local large Sainsburys has banned more than 5 kids at a time

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glynnie1 Thu 06-Feb-14 15:13:14

Absolutely furious this morning. Went to the big Sainsbury's at Stamford Hill and there is an officious little man with a clipboard stopping school girls going in, no more than 5 in an enormous store. Why do we treat our children like this in this country. Will be writing to Sainsbury's.

SantanaLopez Thu 06-Feb-14 15:14:35

Meh, why do children feel the need to behave like animals in packs in supermarkets in this country?

DreamingofSummer Thu 06-Feb-14 15:15:26

Presumably this was because, like my local branch of Sainsbury's, they were losing a fortune to gangs of thieving little darlings.

You are being very unreasonable

KatherineSwynford Thu 06-Feb-14 15:18:18

I see what you are saying but my DC and I were recently surrounded by some teens in a large store. I felt intimidated and as moved away they let off a stink bomb. My DC are 4 and 2 - how could they think that was appropriate??

They did have a pack mentality about them. Maybe your store was responding to similar incidents?

Floggingmolly Thu 06-Feb-14 15:19:09

Why were you "absolutely furious"? How does it affect you? All the smaller shops round here have a 2 school children only policy; with perfectly good reason. some behave like complete savages
Do come back and fill us in on Sainsbury's reply, won't you?

tiredoutgran Thu 06-Feb-14 15:19:15

YABU, nothing worse than fight my way through packs of schoolkids shoplifting whilst I am trying to shop! I know not all children do this but enough obviously do to make them take this sort of action.

Dontletthemgetyoudown Thu 06-Feb-14 15:19:28

its not just your store, the local one to ds2's school has the same rule, although theirs is harsher, and no school age children in uniform between 8a.m and 4.30 pm.

They wouldn't even allow ds2 to go to the toilet which is in the foyer, while he was waiting for me to collect him after school.

apparently its agreed with the head teacher of the senior school.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 06-Feb-14 15:19:48

I wish they would do this in my local Morrisons!

It is because they 'skid' down aisles, potentially knocking into displays or other shoppers, push each other into the shelves - potentially spoiling goods, generally act the fool which can be annoying at best & intimidating at worst (think of an elderly lady suddenly being surrounded by a group of teenagers) and some (a minority I accept) shoplift. The security guards only have 1 pair of eyes each.

After all this, they leave with one tube of Pringles between 3.

I would take this to mean the store would really prefer them not to "shop" there.

Needahaircutsobad Thu 06-Feb-14 15:20:15


Presumably they've decided on this in response to complaints or behaviours.

Groups of kids can be intimidating, loud, anti-social and just really fucking annoying.

JunoMacGuff Thu 06-Feb-14 15:21:00

Writing to them why?

Groups of schoolchildren steal. They harass people. So, shops limit the numbers.

NaturalBaby Thu 06-Feb-14 15:21:52

Unless you have more than 5 kids yourself then I don't see why it's a problem. They've obviously had issues, stepped up and dealt with it.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 06-Feb-14 15:21:52

Yes, Katherine, I forgot about the stink bombs angry. We had that in Morrisons too. Just what you need in a food shop!

Pinkandwhite Thu 06-Feb-14 15:22:15

I actually see your point assuming that your children were going to be with you the whole time they were in the shop?

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 06-Feb-14 15:22:40

And I will just add - I have two teenage DSs, so this is not the viewpoint of someone who is anti-teen!

TheXxed Thu 06-Feb-14 15:23:16

When I worked in a supermarket not to long ago, loss prevention told me the biggest source of theft was the employees.

More likely they just don't want teenagers hanging around.

flipchart Thu 06-Feb-14 15:23:47

Seems reasonable tome.
In fact ire ember a newsagent near my high school having this rule in the early 80's

Pigletin Thu 06-Feb-14 15:24:00

why do children feel the need to behave like animals in packs in supermarkets in this country?


SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 06-Feb-14 15:24:17

Pinkandwhite, the OP does not appear to be talking about her DCs. More, unaccompanied school girls.

MothratheMighty Thu 06-Feb-14 15:27:28

Interesting, I wonder if there is a regional bias to this, depending on the behaviour of local children?
My local supermarkets don't have a ruling on children, nor do the smaller shops.

Edenviolet Thu 06-Feb-14 15:28:15

I can sort of understand why they do this as children can misbehave in supermarkets as there's plenty of opportunity for mischief.

DM used to make us go with her every week and we hated it, we would make it more interesting by putting random things in other people's trolleys, moving their trolley when they were not looking, throwing bits of ice from the freezers into neighbouring aisles and db once found a frozen sausage which he stuck in his trousers placed to cause maximum shock amongst other shoppers. We thought we were hilarious but looking back we were horribly behaved.
Our poor DM would be in a state by the time we got home.

thinking101 Thu 06-Feb-14 15:30:37

YADBVU - dont shop there then.

Why do you think teens are not allowed to be left un supervised in a classroom, do you think they suddenly become uber responsible when they are allowed at at lunchtimes and after school.

The shop has a right to protect their revenue/staff. I wish my Costa would ban the highly rude young madams that go there and cause a lot of disturbance - it's about learnig how to behave, if you don't there are consequences.

I mean really do you think they should just be allowed to go in the shop no matter what? Horizontal thinking at it best

Floggingmolly Thu 06-Feb-14 15:32:15

Shame on you, Hedgehog grin. Those rules relate to unaccompanied children, though. Op is free to bring how ever many children she likes on a shopping spree unfortunately

Gruntfuttock Thu 06-Feb-14 15:35:04

Hedgehog80 I'm deeply shocked by your description of what you and your siblings got up to when you were young.

It's a real revelation. I had no idea hedgehogs could be so naughty.

I will be looking like this for the remainder of the afternoon ----> shock

Regarding the OP, I don't blame stores for having this rule at all.

Blamenargles Thu 06-Feb-14 15:38:44

I work In a supermarket we catch a school child shoplifting most days.
They run about chasing each other, the block isles off and don't let other shoppers through.
They have no respect for anyone.
We have now banned them coming in at lunch time.
We get so many complaints from customers about them so I think 5 at a time is great

Edenviolet Thu 06-Feb-14 15:41:41

I feel really bad now! The ice throwing could have hit a baby. I would be livid if I went shopping and one of my dcs got hit by something thrown from another aisle by a bored teenager blush

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