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To have said this to the girl?

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TheOriginalWinkly Sun 07-Jun-15 10:16:46

I live in a ground floor flat and do the odd bit of shopping online. We both work shifts, as do the people in the other ground floor flat, and I have an 11 month old DD who naps twice during the day.

So this morning the buzzer went for a delivery (expected, but didn't know what time) as DH and DD were both asleep. I jumped up instantly, then it went again. And again, and again, then it was pressed and held and held. I had to scoop DD up, who was wide awake by this stage. When I got to the door there was a girl aged maybe 8 or 9 holding my parcel. A woman who I presume was her mum was in the van.

As she was young instead of saying what I was feeling (I was pretty pissed off) I smiled and said 'you only need to press the buzzer once, there's people sleeping'. I genuinely said it nicely. Then the woman yelled from the van 'well she didn't know that did she?' I said 'no and that's why I told her nicely'. The woman twisted her face and gave me a proper dirty look. The girl looked unperturbed. I'm pissed off. WIBU?

maras2 Sun 07-Jun-15 10:18:56

What time was it?

Cantbelievethisishappening Sun 07-Jun-15 10:20:53

YANBU to feel annoyed but I wouldn't have said anything. She was very young. Not much point tell her after the event. Was the woman from a delivery company?

RobbStarksBitch Sun 07-Jun-15 10:21:52

Not at all unreasonable and I would probably complain about the driver/mother to be honest. Very unprofessional. I understand she was probably in a lack of childcare situation but she still has to do her job and not be rude!

TheOriginalWinkly Sun 07-Jun-15 10:23:13

Just before 10am. I presume it was Yodel, they're self employed I think. Surely 8 is old enough to know how to ring a doorbell especially if you're out making deliveries?

AyMamita Sun 07-Jun-15 10:23:32

I would complain to the delivery company. The woman should not be using her child to make deliveries.

This is the problem with child labour, kids are completely incompetent!

CSIJanner Sun 07-Jun-15 10:24:27

Actually YANBU - holding down a buzzer repeatedly is quite irritating and the adult was lucky you were polite. I'm not condoning coming out blustering or shouting but I have seen it happen and it could have been quite upsetting for the child. Could you call the parcel company with feedback?

editthis Sun 07-Jun-15 10:25:01

YWNBU. Even reading that made me feel irritated. Hopefully you taught the girl something, even if the mother is beyond help.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sun 07-Jun-15 10:25:05

YANBU to be irritated at how the bell was rung.
YABU to have told an 8 yr old off, bless her, she was probably really enjoying helping her Mum out.
YABU even more to expect the whole world to know people are in bed at 10am.

AlternativeTentacles Sun 07-Jun-15 10:26:44

An 8 year old should not be doing her mother's work. I'd bang a complaint in to Yodel.

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 07-Jun-15 10:26:51

Yanbu at all. She did only need to press the buzzer once. It's rude to keep pressing it.

I've sent my dd round to neighbours houses with parcels and always told her to only know once and come back.if no answer. 8 is perfectly old enough to understand

Gileswithachainsaw Sun 07-Jun-15 10:27:58

I don't see the problem. With the kid being out with the mother. I used to go in my dad's van all they time. It was fun.

Lookatmyredtrousers Sun 07-Jun-15 10:28:20

I would be fuming and complain to yodel.

Kvetch15 Sun 07-Jun-15 10:29:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Sun 07-Jun-15 10:31:21

Regardless of sleeping, nobody should be pressing the buzzer like that so YANBU to say something as her mother clearly wasn't teaching her basic etiquette.

Ledkr Sun 07-Jun-15 10:32:09

Just before 10am is perfectly reasonable. Don't shop online if you are inconvenienced by home deliveries.

WorraLiberty Sun 07-Jun-15 10:32:53

YANBU although plenty of people will tell you, you shouldn't have politely said that to a child. God knows why, it's like they're all precious snowflakes who must never be spoken to unless you're giddy with happiness.

Also, there's nothing wrong imo with a child helping their parent as long as they do it properly and she clearly didn't!

TheOriginalWinkly Sun 07-Jun-15 10:35:11

I'm not normally 'inconvenienced' by deliveries, most people tend to buzz and wait for a few seconds for a reply which would (a) be far less irritating and (b) not wake everyone up. I've had lots of deliveries with no issues. But thanks for the advice.

SillyStuffBiting Sun 07-Jun-15 10:35:49

Please don't report her, you said your bit, just let it go now.

The mother might have had no real option but to take her dd out on deliveries. I'm sure there's a million other things that they would rather be doing on a Sunday morning. Why shit on them by reporting it? Mum was probably just trying to make things a bit more interesting for her dd.

Hopefully she'll take on board your feedback and not do it again. Maybe she thought it wasn't working?

Either way, just let it go and enjoy your relaxing morning.

Whichwaytoturntoday Sun 07-Jun-15 10:35:58

Ledkr, delivery was not the issue. Continuous pressing of door bell is rude and annoying regardless of who does it. If they are doing that to every delivery, it's very inconsiderate. Mobility impedes some people, they should have some patience.

Kvetch15 Sun 07-Jun-15 10:36:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheOriginalWinkly Sun 07-Jun-15 10:36:53

Don't worry silly, I have no intention of reporting. I've said my piece, it's done.

SillyStuffBiting Sun 07-Jun-15 10:40:37

Glad to hear it

I can't believe the amount of people who want you to make a formal complaint about something like this.

Icimoi Sun 07-Jun-15 10:46:44

YABU to have told an 8 yr old off, bless her, she was probably really enjoying helping her Mum out.

I don't think this was really telling her off, it was simply informing her.

YABU even more to expect the whole world to know people are in bed at 10am.

OP never said that she did. But, if you do deliveries, you need to be aware that some people do shift work or have been up late on Saturday nights and are entitled to sleep; babies may well be asleep; people may be ill; or they may simply be in the middle of something else and unable to get to the door immediately. Sure, the 8 year old may not have been aware of that, but her mother should have been.

AyMamita Sun 07-Jun-15 11:20:40

Why on earth would you not complain? Leaving aside the issue of bringing her child and allowing said child to make deliveries, the driver was rude to you.

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