Friday, September 23, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. I went grocery store shopping one day after work. When I walked into the store there was what looked like a manager and 3 very upset kids. The kids were getting in trouble for shoplifting. The oldest was probably 12 or 13, the next child was about 8 or 9, and the youngest was about 4 or 5. I had a hard time removing the situation from my mind. Thankfully they were called into a back room. Otherwise I would have just stood there watching with my mouth 1/2 hung open.

    When I went to check out, the cashier was lacking in his professional skills. He kept saying, "I hope we don't get in trouble for their kids shoplifting!" The parents and cops were in the store. Just by watching I think the cops were called first, and the parents were called second. That's the order they came in anyhow. I was thinking the whole time, Where are the parents? I wouldn't let Mica run around with Isaak at those ages with a 4 or 5 year old. Yes the kids were old enough to know better, but had the parents been there the whole scenario could have been avoided. It looked like the parents were paying for their kids, the youngest child was out of the office with their parents, and the older kids were getting talked to by the cops. They came out with tears running down their faces.

    It was all handled how I would handled the given situation, but I would  have taken them into the back office right away. The cashier should have known to be discreet about the situation. They need to be trained for more than just checking out groceries. 

  2. This wasn't the first time I was shaken by kids getting in trouble. When I lived in Savannah, Georgia I was a Book Buddy for an elementary school. I walked in, and a cop, or guard had a kid's face pushed down on the floor. Drool and tears were running down their face onto the ground. I was really shaken by that scene because A) I wasn't expecting it. B) I didn't know what the child did to deserve such treatment. C) I wondered why they just couldn't have their hands behind their back? Why was their face pushed hard on the ground? I so wanted to ask. 

  3. We went to a La Mesa Mexican restaurant. It was a the first time we were handed 3 adult menus without us asking. Mica's growing up! He ordered a taco salad. 

  4. Mica's big into saying, "Brah", which is slang for "Bro", which is slang for "Brother". A slang within a slang. He called me, "Brah" once and I replied with, "I'm not your Brah! Call me Mother, Mom, Ma or if you have to Mah." Brah sounds like Bra. What slang words can you not stand?

  5. My next art piece was going to be an owl that's in the city, and can't sleep. He/she will look super annoyed at all the city noises. I want to use a background that's all rainy, and dark. Then I thought about the fact that owls are nocturnal. I might have to change it slightly to show some daylight. 


Theresa Mahoney said...

Sounds like the kids were getting scared straight. I do think the cashier should have kept quiet about the whole thing though since it was obviously under control.

mail4rosey said...

I wouldn't have liked to see the child with his face on the ground. Nope. I went to a school once that had mats outside of the doors so teachers could wrestle the kids to the ground if they had to (alternative school). I thought that was scary too.

I see police officers at Walmart all of the time and I always guess its because someone is stealing. They must take them in a room though (if thats why they are there) because I never see the people.

~ Noelle said...

I hate watching when kids are getting in trouble. It makes me sad. One, I feel like if the parents were around more, it could be avoided... Two, normally the adults doing the punishing don't know how to handle it. SO sad.

I can not WAIT to see your owl. (We love them, that is the theme in Savannah's room!)

Harry Flashman said...

I worked at a state park one summer on a senior citizen work program. Kids from Atlanta would come in and steal the ice cream, fancy one's that cost 4 or 5 dollars each. We were told if we caught the kid doing that to just let it slide, not to say anything. I am not sure why. If I caught any kids stealing I made their parents come down and get them, or I would walk them up to the cabin or campsite if I couldn't contact the parents on their cell phones. There were a lot of rules at the park I did not comply with because they were asinine.

I'm not sure why kids pick up ethnic slang, but they sure do these days.

I like the art work. It's calming. I rented a beach cabin at Tybee once, and the night I checked in there was a terrific storm, with heavy rain and lightning, and palm trees swaying outside. I sat in the dark and watched it over the ocean through the big window. Your picture reminds me of that.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That is terrible about the shoplifting :-(

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

I have seen similar scene of shoplifting here in NYC. Not a pretty sight indeed


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