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Bearlyknitted Sun 17-Apr-16 18:22:01

We went to a classic car show today. The cars there, if you like that sort of thing, were a delight, and most are the utter pride and joy of their owners. The site was fully tarmaced, there was catering and a picnic area etc. Usually scooters aren't allowed. Or skateboards, or roller skates. But on the next table to us, was a dad, uncle and two wee boys, both on micro scooters. The dad let the boys weave in and out between the cars, and the owners looked like they might throw up.

A security guard was summoned, and he politely explained that scooters weren't allowed. But the dad argued and argued that he had checked with security on the gate, and his two boys WERE allowed. As he was arguing, they both crashed into the back of a mint Triumph Herald. All he had to do was to keep the kids away from the cars. There was MILES of space to play (it's held at an airfield so literally miles) but no, he carried on letting them whiz up and down in the narrow gaps between the parked cars. The owner of a convertible E type Jag drive it away in frustration, with the dad harrumphing that his boys had the "right" to play there. What a dick.

MooPointCowsOpinion Sun 17-Apr-16 18:23:41

Will he have to pay for the damage? I bloody hope so. I don't let my eldest scooter in our own (shared) driveway if anyone else's cars are there so I would never let her scooter at a car show fgs.

AnyFucker Sun 17-Apr-16 18:25:14

I am surprised he didn't get his lights punched out, tbh

Those classic car lovers are single minded types

Bearlyknitted Sun 17-Apr-16 18:27:22

I thought a good hiding (a verbal one) was on its way and I steered my family off so as not to be associated.

Sparklingbrook Sun 17-Apr-16 18:28:28

There's always one isn't there? I wouldn't mess with Classic Car types. They sit on deckchairs at the back of the car and grimace over their thermos at anyone who even looks at their car.

Bearlyknitted Sun 17-Apr-16 18:30:01

The Triumph owner missed the collision with their car but the others saw! I just could not get over what an arse the dad was! Never seen anything like it!

MrsMainwaring Sun 17-Apr-16 18:30:51

Bloody he'll that's awful
Those cars cost a fortune to maintain

Why go to something like that if you are not interested

And why in gods name didn't you abandon your children and hover grin

Yeahsure Sun 17-Apr-16 18:30:54

They 'crashed' scooters into a Herald? Well that can't have been the end of it then as dad would have to pay damages etc surely. What damage was there?

MooPointCowsOpinion Sun 17-Apr-16 18:31:08

Oh yes of course the car owners WBU for even owning a classic car. Tut to them too.

Yeahsure Sun 17-Apr-16 18:31:54

Crossed posts. Didn't other drivers or security guard make a note of father's name etc, why would anyone not jump on that?

Unicow Sun 17-Apr-16 18:32:35

I went to a lot of classic car shows as a kid. We weren't allowed to take anything like scooters, footballs etc. We played a lot of tag (a long way from the cars) and rolled down hills. I've never seen a scooter at a car show. If you want your kids to scooter go to the park. It's like scootering round a museum. You don't do it. It's dangerous and completely inconsiderate.

I would have run from the fireworks as well. The repair bill won't be pretty and I hope the dad pays it and learns some respect.

Sparklingbrook Sun 17-Apr-16 18:35:27

I have been to loads of classic car shows. You can look but you mustn't touch, or look like you might touch. grin

Bearlyknitted Sun 17-Apr-16 18:47:04

The damage to the Herald looked like a scuff to the chrome.

I was desperately earwigging, but DH complained that I was being nosy! Like that's a bad thing!

Youarentkiddingme Sun 17-Apr-16 18:47:14

I'm surprised you didn't hear the dad howling as the herald owner shoved 2 micro scooters up his arse!

What a complete twat. Im often amazed at what makes some people tick.

I mean what ever possesses someone to ever think it's ok to ignore a simple rule?

specialsubject Sun 17-Apr-16 18:47:54

doesn't matter if it is a £500 ebay banger, you don't let your spoilt brats crash about near it. Because that risks damaging other people's property and you don't do that.

He's lucky the drivers didn't crush the scooters.

NeedACleverNN Sun 17-Apr-16 18:51:13

The dad is a twat.

If I had a classic car (which would be never) and some dad let his kids ride his scooter around my car knowing the kids wasn't allowed and they crashed, I would have ran over the scooters

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sun 17-Apr-16 18:53:58

If he's that charming in public, imagine what he's like in private hmm.

Complete and utter knob by the sounds of it!

SoThatHappened Sun 17-Apr-16 18:58:03

I would have told the kids to get away from my car long before that happened.

I am also sick and fucking tired of the bloody things in shops and shopping centres weaving in and out of aisles. Take your kids to the bloody park to use a scooter.

Julia2016 Sun 17-Apr-16 18:58:16

My dh loves classic cars, I wouldn't breath on them!! That dad is a twat!

sportinguista Sun 17-Apr-16 18:58:16

It's disrespectful and entitled. I hate bad behaviour like this. You respect rules where you go. It shows a lack of thought for the feelings of others. Those boys will grow up with similar lack of boundaries to their parent.

acasualobserver Sun 17-Apr-16 18:58:25

The dad is a twat.

Agreed. But he is certainly not alone in encouraging indiscriminate micro-scooter use in wholly unsuitable places. In my neighbourhood they are hazards in pretty much every shop, pub and restaurant.

MissBattleaxe Sun 17-Apr-16 18:58:32

YANBU. What is this thing where the kids call the shots and the adults make the rest of the world put up with it? A classic car show is no place for a scooter. There's a time and a place.

We go to classic car shows a lot. We take our cheap old banger classics. We are not precious and if people ask we let them sit in the cars etc. They're by no means mint, and have various scratches and dings. We use and enjoy them. However, I would be most unimpressed with brats on scooters playing round them like that. I don't have a thermos though, so sorry for not being a boring, grimacing stereotype!

I did do my bollocks one day when some bloody woman tried to force our slightly open window down and shove he son in through the opening tho. When I asked her what the fuck she thought she was doing she told me 'he wanted to look'. As I said to her, if she'd bloody well asked, rather than potentially damaging a 45 year old window mechanism, we'd have gladly let her. When asked if she'd have done such a thing to a car parked on a road she slinked off sheepishly ... I was (and as you can tell still am!) bloody fuming at her sheer cheek! angry.

We now put grilles in the windows grin.

JennyBunn Sun 17-Apr-16 19:01:54

Bearly you REALLY need to make your DH understand that by earwigging you are performing a public service to Mumsnetters! We need to know every last detail of situations such as these. <<tuts>>

HopIt Sun 17-Apr-16 19:10:09

And this is why all mumsnetters should wear gopro's at all times!!

What a bloody idiot, I do the classic car show thing (don't have a deck chair but I do have a flask). Honestly I would have gone bat shit, mine know you don't go near. Just look from afar. What WAS he thinking?!?

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