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To not think iwbu to refuse to leave a PUBLIC park for this family??

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FireOnTheWater Sun 28-Dec-14 15:52:23

Christmas Day teens opened their xbox/phones and disappeared to their rooms leaving DP and I bored alone downstairs. We decided to go for a quick drive to the mier, take Christmassy pics of swans etc before dinner.

We got there about 10am. Planned to stay for a couple of hours. It was quiet, romantic and more Christmassy to me than sat at home watching tv.

10 minutes after we got there a family pulled up next to our car. The driver (dad?) got out and walked over to us. Rest of family stayed in car. He was lovely at first, said hello, asked if we were having a nice christmas and then told us there was another nice spot to photograph the birds further up the road confused. I said we were not intending to stay out long so we'd stay there but thanks all the same. Then he started saying about how his family had visited the mier on Christmas Day last year and they were the only ones there and his wife and kids were looking forward yo having the place to themselves again. I reminded him that it was a public park and we were not staying long anyway. Anyway to cut long story short, he then tried reasoning with DP, telling him I was being unreasonable and ruining his family's day out and that since they don't celebrate christmas it was "surely" not unreasonable to expect one day in the year that they could have the park to themselves!!! The most annoying bit about it was that DP started agreeing with him and made me out to be an awkward cow just for the sake of it.

As I say this was a few days ago now but I'm still so angry. Name change as mIL knows me screen name and this would be right up her street, me "straying" on Christmas Day ffs.

skylark2 Sun 28-Dec-14 15:53:40


Not much else that can be said, really.

expatinscotland Sun 28-Dec-14 15:54:10


happystory Sun 28-Dec-14 15:55:10

Was it Prince Charles? grin


windchime Sun 28-Dec-14 15:55:42

Cheeky bastards. YANBU. Make sure you go next year and take all your friends too fgrin

Moonraker37 Sun 28-Dec-14 15:56:21


26Point2Miles Sun 28-Dec-14 15:56:28

Ha ha so what happened?

TiggerLillies Sun 28-Dec-14 15:56:36

I thought you were going to say it was some sort of memorial. That's shocking behaviour, presumably he had never lived somewhere like London and learned to ignore people. Yanbu. I'd be pretty annoyed with my husband for not backing me up in public too.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sun 28-Dec-14 15:57:10

How bloody odd!

I hope you stayed put for as long as you wanted.

MatildaTheRedNosedReinCat Sun 28-Dec-14 15:57:51


MrsItsNoworNotatAll Sun 28-Dec-14 15:58:36

How rude of them and your Dh.

Deffo go back next and take family and friends.

MrsBungle Sun 28-Dec-14 15:59:12

Cheeky buggers'! Outstanding rudeness from them! Ywnbu!

teacher54321 Sun 28-Dec-14 15:59:22

Go back next year with everyone you know.

somewheresomehow Sun 28-Dec-14 15:59:29

just because they like it empty its a public park and as such you are as entitled as them to be there, your DP is a prat

FireOnTheWater Sun 28-Dec-14 15:59:54

We stayed about an hour as DP was pissed off at me for 'causing a scene'. The only family just stood around in a grump, picking up the birds and stuff which was even more bizarre.

Bakeoffcakes Sun 28-Dec-14 16:00:59

How rude of them.

You should have just walked away from him.

southeastastra Sun 28-Dec-14 16:01:07

what's a mier?

Chippednailvarnish Sun 28-Dec-14 16:01:36

Fuck me, I'd be booking a coach and inviting people as we speak.

I'd also leave your other half at home alone.

Chocolateteacake Sun 28-Dec-14 16:02:01


gamerchick Sun 28-Dec-14 16:02:34

I was expecting to come on to read about huge slobbery dogs or something grin
I really would round people up and go next year.

I hope you didn't leave.

Viviennemary Sun 28-Dec-14 16:03:56

They had a nerve to say anthing. But I must say I've sometimes gone somewhere I expect to be quiet like a cafe or shop and if it's full of people I think to myself why on earth are that lot here.

QueenofLouisiana Sun 28-Dec-14 16:04:21

Odd people! Next year take all your friends along for a Christmas morning picnic- with a brass band to serenade you with carols. fsmile

SistersOfPercy Sun 28-Dec-14 16:04:29

Well, MN meet next Christmas Day then? I'm sure we could get a few of us up there for an hour grin

ASunnyTiger Sun 28-Dec-14 16:04:41

Where is this park? I'm sure there'd be a lot of MN'ers who'd find it a perfect spot to visit pre-Christmas dinner wink

WeirdCatLady Sun 28-Dec-14 16:04:48

I'm sensing a MN Christmas Day 2015 Get Together smile

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