Posted by: njs44 | January 30, 2010

Children in shops

Most of the time I try to be positive in this blog but today I feel like a rant. Why, oh why do people take children shopping? I can understand that there are some one-parent families who have no-one to babysit their children, but I cannot believe everyone with children comes into this category. Today a little girl in Boots was very resourcefully amusing herself by taking the Mascaras one by one off the shelf and throwing them on the floor. No sooner had her father picked them up and put them back she had found something else to destroy. When restrained she screamed loudly. Her screams, mind you, were barely audible above the noise of another screaming child in another part of the shop.

I have little time for people who insist on taking children into shops. They do not need to be there, they are quite understandably bored and will look out for things to amuse themselves with and feel annoyed when thwarted. Children should be occupied in useful activities, not left to run riot while other people are trying to buy things.

And is it me, or is Boots looking rather run-down and sad these days? I couldn’t find anything I wanted to spend my money on.



  1. Amen to that.

    Taking children into shops unnecessarily ought to be designated a public order offence.

  2. There was a dusty old office supply store here in Denver (stuff piled everywhere, nothing organized) that had a wonderful sign that read “Children with ice cream cones must be eaten outside.” I think he had something there.

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