Quoting Ryloonjimama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Danielle: Jack&Basil'sMom:</b>" Maybe I didn't read thoroughly ... [snip!] ... &Like someone else said, who cares where the parents were, he's 8 years old, not a toddler who needs constant supervision."
He absolutely may have been minding his on business & if he were & an adult came up & started calling him a demon, a child who IS old enough to handle being alone WOULD see a red flag in an adult irrationally saying mean things & would walk/run away. I may
choose to stand my ground, I would probably choose not to do so if it were a man that were twice my size though...because I am old enough to know that even if HE is in the wrong, *I'm* probably the one whose going to get hurt.
Instead - “So, I said, ‘I’ll show you bad,’ and I picked up a cookie and I threw it at her,” said Logan. ...so again, this child IS too young to know how to properly respond to a potentially bad situation & needs more supervision than he was getting. Do all 8 yrs olds? I don't know - but this one did & does. Supervision may be there to ensure the child behaves accordingly, but it is much more so to protect the child from these things. He wasn't old enough or wise enough to realize THIS could
happen. THAT is why people ask about the parents. THE CLERK IS PSYCHO. No one in their right mind beats a child, especially a stranger, at a store, where you work. Those are all obvious things. I don't raise a hand to my kids - so no way am I condoning that. I also won't be letting my kids go out into public alone when they aren't equipped. I don't want some weirdo masturbating in front of my child, someone hitting them, whatever. Child molesters actually target children who are alone in stores to expose themselves to. The mall rapist was found to have hundreds of videos he set up in stores doing exactly that & then filming the encounter. I am all for letting your kids climb trees, build bike ramps & be kids, I am not for letting them get in a position to be an easy target for anyone. This could not have gone down with mom or dad nearby. I can't fathom any parent wouldn't intercede. Likely she'd never have approached him in the first place. We can talk all day about how wrong she is, but it doesn't change the fact that your child is vulnerable
when alone at that age & I think that is what bothers some of us.