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Top Text: “*CHILD DOING SOMETHING DANGEROUS* EMPLOYEE: “PLEASE DON’T DO THAT, YOU MIGHT GET HURT” ”
Bottom Text: “MOTHER OF CHILD: “DON’T TELL MY KID WHAT TO DO!” ”]
I was in a store trying on clothes in the fitting room. In the room next to mine was a mom with a couple of little kids. One of the kids opened and slammed the door really hard a few times.
One of the store managers calls out “Please don’t slam the doors, your fingers might get caught and then you’ll get really hurt.”
The mother then calls back, partially angry and wholly full of attitude: “You can leave the mothering to me, THANKS!” . Lady, if you were doing any sort of mothering, your kids wouldn’t be putting themselves in hazardous circumstances under your supervision, or causing damage to store property.
I work for the same retail brand, but at a different location. One time there was a little 3 year old kid lying on the floor, rolling a clothing rack back and forth. The rack was pretty full, and the kid was rolling it quicker and quicker, so it was obvious to anyone with common sense that if he kept picking up speed, he would lose control. He was putting himself and everyone else in the store at risk. And it is also just plain stupid.
One of my co-workers, who is always super sweet, asked the kid to stop because the clothing rack might roll over his fingers. His mother then said “Don’t you ever tell my kid what to do!”
My coworker was so taken aback by this and didn’t even know how to react because the mother was so rude in response. If your kid is doing dangerous things, then we’re going to be insistent that they stop. We all know that if they injure themselves, you’re just going to sue the company, who is in turn going to fire me for not preventing the accident. So I’m going to keep telling your kids to “please stop,” and do the job that you, as a parent, should be doing anyways.
Stuff like this happens at my store often. Recently, a mother came in with her three kids. My manager was helping her pick some things out for a birthday gift while I tended to a few other things that needed to be done. We have several large and very heavy interactive stands throughout the store. The two kids were playing with the xbox one and kept hanging on to the controllers and leaning back. These aren’t bolted down or anything and they began to tip over. So I rushed over and pushed it back saying “please don’t pull on that. It can fall over and hurt you really bad.” Then the mother storms over and proceeds to yell at me for trying to parent her children. I looked at my manager and he was giving her a “what the hell” look. I politely informed her that the stands are incredibly heavy and would seriously injure a child. She ended up storming out.