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les enfants terribles [Sep. 2nd, 2008|02:22 pm]
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a question occurred to me today whilst sitting and attempting to quietly read outdoors at a public park: what is there to do about other people's children? you know the kids i am talking about; the ones who are running, screaming through the grocery store, knocking into things, breaking them and not caring, while the parent is talking away on the cell phone nearby completely unaware or, even better, nowhere in sight. these are the children who are kicking the back of your seat on the airplane or in the theater, the ones who are screaming and throwing food at the restaurant, the ones who are running around on the bleachers and throwing grass in your general direction when you are trying to read quietly at the park. what to do about it? dirty looks don't usually work, because the parent is not taking care of the child in the first place, so he/she is surely not going to look at you. slapping someone else's kid is apparently against the law, so no help there. telling the kid to leave you alone rarely works, as the child doesn't listen to his/her own parent. it's maddening. the world is overrun with bratty, loud, inconsiderate brats and their lazy, wishy-washy, disinterested parents. what is a person to do?
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From: you_lied
2008-09-03 01:48 am (UTC)
I think the best bet is to do something that will confuse/irritate/annoy whatever the kid or kids that are being obnoxious. Nothing comes to mind right this second as of how to do that, but it's also probably because it depends on the situation and what's going on to figure out what you're gonna do to make this successful. Just be creative. Might as well have fun with it since they are gonna be annoying either way.
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-09-03 04:16 am (UTC)
I suppose I could always replace ipecac with hot sauce or vinegar so there's a little less of a mess for the poor courtesies to clean up.
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[User Picture]From: jesuismeursault
2008-09-03 05:27 am (UTC)
my mother has a great answer to children racing by her in the store. she discreetly sticks out her foot. she's tripped many a child in my presence, so who knows what she does when she's alone. she will also say things to the parents without trying to be nice about it. i'm not nearly so daring. number one: i don't want to talk to these people. number two: i don't want to be prosecuted for causing one of these little brats to sustain a concussion or something.
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