itsallgrand Posted July 12, 2008 Share Posted July 12, 2008 This happened to me the other day: A young man, maybe in his late 20s or early 30s, with a very small child (toddler) came into the store where I usually get my morning coffee. He stands the kid in line behind/beside me, and we are the only customers in the joint. The only other person is the teenager behind the counter. So I say Hi to the dad, and hi to the child, who is smiling at me and saying those cute "Hi. Hi. Hi" like she is just getting the hang of this new toy called talking. lol. Then the man without saying a word leaves and goes to the bathroom!! Chick behind counter is busy brewing more coffee, and I'm waiting, and standing there with his kid. Who just leaves their kid with a stranger nowadays in a store?! He was lucky I'm not a nutbar! I hung around til the dad got out of the can, and kind of kept a casual thing going with the little girl and look out for her, but talk about awkward! This is someone else's kid, who you don't know, and who knows what is going through this person's head. My intentions were to watch out for the little girl, but at the same time, there are A LOT of parents out there who even when they are behaving weirdly or inappropriately (to my mind) with their child in public, they get mad and all in your face if you talk to the child or get too close to them or anything. So I was cautious at the same time. Which I hate that it has come to that, where you are watching to cover your own butt all the time. So he came back eventually but the dude took his time bc she was already set to get into things and I had already made my coffee and was standing there waiting for him for a good amount of minutes. And he acted like this was perfectly normal. Ignored me, basically, said nothing and just started talking to his child as though he had been there the whole time. I tell you, that was very weird. Who does that?! Maybe in other places, other times, but that's pretty damn rare here. Link to comment
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