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Over-protective pain or legitimately aggrieved parent?

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UsedtobeFeckless Mon 07-Dec-15 14:34:00

If your kids ( Who looked around 10ish ) were in a shop without you and climbed up on a display to reach a high shelf where they ignored a Don't Touch sign and went on to start twisting all the Rubiks cubes ... Would you then write in and complain if someone asked them to please stop?

I'm feeling peeved and hard done by ...

Threesquids Mon 07-Dec-15 14:35:28

Sorry, lets get this straight. Someone (presumably shop owner) told them to stop, then the parents of said kids wrote in to complain?

Parents ABU.

Tiggeryoubastard Mon 07-Dec-15 14:36:04

The sort of parent that brings their kids up like this are the ones that object when something is said. Fact of life, they're twats and their kids usually grow up to be twats.

Farahilda Mon 07-Dec-15 14:37:18

Of course they should be told to stop.

Climbing on a display? Age 10?

I'd have them escorted off the premises.

And if a letter followed, I'd reply that all those who behave inappropriately are removed, and that climbing on displays is not permitted.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 07-Dec-15 14:57:52

If my kids age about 10 were climbing on shop displays, I would write to the shop.

Barring my kids from going in there again! For the sake of the poor shop keeper and other customers.

And my kids would be writing to the shop. To apologise and put right anything damaged...

If they are old enough to be in a shop without an adult, they are old enough not to climb on the displays!

Even my 2 y/o can walk up to a counter in a quiet shop and pay for something (while I watch from the door, she likes buying things!)

Enjolrass Mon 07-Dec-15 15:12:23

Parents like that are ridiculous.

If I felt my dd had been unfairly treated in a shop to the point I need to complain, I would go in.

The fact that they wrote a letter and didn't dare do it face to face shows that deep down they know they are being dicks, but they still can't stand to let any slight against their precious kids go unmoaned about.

scarlets Mon 07-Dec-15 15:14:12

Ten year olds should know how to behave in a shop. Parent fail here.

WeThreeMythicalKings Mon 07-Dec-15 15:15:01

Parents like that will reap the whirlwind when they are teenagers and it serves them right.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 07-Dec-15 15:17:49

What did they actually complain about? If you told little Persephone to 'fuck off' that might warrant mild annoyance from the parent...

Daisysbear Mon 07-Dec-15 15:22:39

YANBU and I hope the letter was torn up and put in the bin, where it belongs.

UsedtobeFeckless Mon 07-Dec-15 15:27:39

I asked them not to play with the cubes ( As we're too dim to put them back as they should be and people won't buy them if they're messed up ) and I said Please and Thank you and everthing ... confused

If they're that sensitive how do they actually function in the world?

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 07-Dec-15 15:29:34

Fuck 'em then grin

Daisysbear Mon 07-Dec-15 15:35:44

Some parents are just idiots who think their children can do no wrong, and that anyone who thwarts them in any way is a cruel, intolerant fiend set on spoiling little Quentin and Elspeth's sunny, free spirited world.

No doubt those parents have a path worn to their children's schools to complain about teachers having the nerve to tell their little darlings off for misbehaving in class, or for not giving them the lead role in the school play, or object to them throwing chairs around the classroom.

AuntieStella Mon 07-Dec-15 15:50:12

I could lend you DD as Rubik-cube-restorer-in-chief fsmile

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Mon 07-Dec-15 15:54:53

If my 10yo did that the only letter being written would be a letter of apology. From the 10yo.

SheHasAWildHeart Mon 07-Dec-15 15:57:45

I would be so embarrassed if my DC did that!

GwynethPaltrowIamNot Mon 07-Dec-15 16:02:00

Blimey , I'd write back explaining precisely what they were doing , stating they are barred FOR LIFE grin

GwynethPaltrowIamNot Mon 07-Dec-15 16:03:09

Tell us what they wrote and we can help you with the reply !

Dipankrispaneven Mon 07-Dec-15 16:04:28

Does the complaint letter indicate that the parent knows the full facts? If not, she's a bit of an idiot to complain without getting your side of the story. If she does know them, she's more than a bit of an idiot. She should be grateful they were stopped from doing something that had the potential of causing serious injury had they fallen off or pulled the display over onto themselves.

TinklyLittleLaugh Mon 07-Dec-15 16:10:06

Hope you didn't get into any trouble Used.

ratspeaker Mon 07-Dec-15 16:14:38

Id be tempted to write back to the parents charging for the ruined rubiks cubes their kids played with!

ratspeaker Mon 07-Dec-15 16:17:31

And Id say for their own safety the kids were barred from the shop as they seem unable to understand why they should not climb on the display

UsedtobeFeckless Mon 07-Dec-15 21:28:41

The letter said they were so upset at being told off ( asked politely to stop ) that they were near tears and the older one ran out of the shop leaving the younger one unable to reach the shelf to put the cubes back ... and that the rubiks cubes weren't fragile so why shouldn't they play with them.

The bloody cubes were on a shelf I can only reach on tip toes, with notice saying please don't rearrange as the staff can't do them ... Short of locking them in a box behind a moat full of crocodiles I don't see how we could make it more obvious we would rather they were left alone!

I think some part of me is hoping their parents are on MN so I can put my side of the story! grin

LittleFishBigOcean Mon 07-Dec-15 21:34:46

I think the moat full of crocodiles is a brilliant idea, except you need to store the Rubix cubes in the moat and hope that the kids go in there after them.


Job done.


Puzzledandpissedoff Mon 07-Dec-15 21:46:07

If they're that sensitive how do they actually function in the world?

How indeed? However, look at it this way - if you're feeling (rightly) aggrieved, how do you think the poor buggers who have to teach them cope?? wink grin

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