[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “OUR STORE ISN’T ALL THAT BIG,”
Bottom Text: “BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD LET YOUR KIDS ROAM WITHOUT SUPERVISION.”]
This is something that occurred to me a bit ago.
It never ceases to amaze me that parents/guardians let their toddlers walk around by themselves without a care in the world (or so it seems from behind the registers or boxes of freight around the store). Our store is basically just one big square, besides what’s behind the employee door (i.e. the bathrooms and stock room/office), so there’s a bunch of aisles and a few sections where there isn’t a display ((it’s not empty but there’s ample walking room)). Because of that, a lot of people think it’s a-ok to let their spawns roam freely. It kinda isn’t though?
A few times a week I’ll see a toddler walking/running around by themselves. Sometimes there will be an adult-esque person right behind them to make sure they don’t go too far/break anything and I’ll let out a sigh of relief, because that adult is being “responsible”. But more often than not, I’ll see no adults until it’s checkout time. I take issue with this because I have a lot of things to do during my shifts and making sure toddlers aren’t getting lost or leaving the store by themselves/with a stranger is not something I want to deal with nor is it really something I should have to worry about.
Like, do people not realize these things can happen? If I was out with a child, I would want to make sure I knew where it was at all times. It may be 2013 but there still are crazy people out there and it could get taken away by a pedophile; or the kid could climb on stuff and fall and get hurt. Or it could pick up something sharp (because there are a few sharp objects we sell that are within a small arm’s reach) and get stabbed by accident. There’s no way of knowing something will happen until it happens.
There have been a few times where a kid will be by itself, pulling on the rope things we use to keep lines orderly and it will almost hit itself in the eye. Why? Because those things can whip back super quickly if pulled off the right way and there isn’t someone (i.e. its parent or guardian) to say “hey, that’s not something you should be playing with!”
One time I had to sprint from behind my register to stop a kid from walking outside into our parking lot because his grandma couldn’t be bothered to keep an eye on him for more than 1 second at a time and let him roam freely.
I’ve had nail polish bottles break on a few occasions because whoops, some unsupervised child picked one up and dropped it.
That’s about the extent of “bad things happening” thankfully, but still:
I AM NOT A BABYSITTER. I AM A SALES ASSOCIATE/TECHNICAL MEMBER OF FREIGHT CREW. KEEP YOUR OWN EYES ON YOUR KIDS AND DON’T LET THEM ROAM WITHOUT SUPERVISION.
Sorry I’m not sorry, but there is nothing in my employee manual that says I have to watch over your kids while you gallivant around the store.
I work at a bowling alley and we have a similar problem all the time.
Parents let their kids run up and down the service lane, and if the mechanic can’t see if someone’s on the other side of the door so if they’re standing right there that door WILL hit your child with considerable force. Or they let their kids sit at the end of the service lane to watch the ball hit the pins up close. If that kid leans just a little too far they’ll set off the sensor for the sweep and get pulled into the machinery, not to mention they can get hit by a rolling bowling ball. Or they let their kids walk down the slippery as fuck lane to retrieve a bowling ball. Or they let their kids throw balls at the sweep. Or they just let their kids run amok around the bowling alley and cause general havoc.
I once made a kid sad because they fired their nerf gun at me while I was cooking food in concession. It (barely) missed me and stuck on the backsplash instead but I threw the projectile in the trash and just looked at them. They were old enough to know better.They didn’t fuck around with that gun in the bowling alley after that.
But seriously, it’s not a playground and I’m not a babysitter. If your kid gets hurt because you don’t want to keep an eye on them I won’t feel bad.
the bottom of your hair was once at the top of your head
My sims always end up with their first love. I know it’s unrealistic but I just can’t seem to bring myself to cause them pain.
the janitor at the junior high drew these in the cafeteria oh my god
WHY IS HE A JANITOR
Because that’s the kind of job you get with an art degree
oh now i got sad
Sure. I can post a picture.