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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 02:38 AM
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What is wrong with parents? Kids out shopping at 2AM?
Having a tomato sandwich craving (I haven't felt like eating since we lost Wilson until tonight after midnight), I went to the only store open at this hour that has groceries...WalMart (yeah, go ahead and lecture me on that). So I ran in to grab a loaf of bread and a jar of Hellmans, and I was astonished at the number of kids in the store. (I was amazed at how many people were there in general--the store was bustling!)

It was 2AM here...and there were parents with small children out shopping. And I don't mean like they were running in to grab some Tylenol for a cold. I mean shopping for cart-loads of groceries.

I saw at least 20 kids in the store as I made my way quickly up the aisle to get the stuff I needed. And that's just from the front door to the bread aisle.

A parent here with a baby in the buggy and three little ones playing in the aisle. A parent there with four little ones trailing behind the buggy. And the kids didn't look sleepy at all.

As I stood in the looong line to pay (one register open--crazy), there was a mom with kids in line in front of me...and the kids were playing on the floor, taking stuff off the shelves by the register, and the mom never told the kids to behave. One opened some kind of cellphone candy dispenser thing and ate candy, and then threw it back on the shelf. Of course, the mom looked like she was barely 20, and she had four kids. Damn.

What in hell is wrong with parents? Kids shouldn't be awake at 2AM, much less shopping in Walmart.

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Rhythm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 05:32 AM
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1. We did this before OktoberKid was school-aged
A lot of folks have non-traditional employment times, and have switched their 'day' and 'night' routines. Also, sometimes, the best time to shop is when the antics of small children have the least opportunity to get on the nerves of other shoppers.

Before OktoberKid was in school, i worked an assortment of second or third-shift jobs, and our whole household kept to my weird sleep schedule. This often meant going grocery shopping at midnight or 2am, or going out to 24-hour restaurants (like Eat'n Park) dinner at those times. We got more than a few weird looks from clerks and waitresses, but if they actually said commented, we cheerfully told them we were a "third-shift family" enjoying family time whenever we could.

Now that the youngster is in school, i have tried to keep my employment within more 'traditional' time parameters, or at least nothing past midnight, so that my sleep times don't interfere with the rest of the household.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 08:14 AM
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2. This is one of the many reasons I don't shop at Wal Mart.
It doesn't seem to matter what time you go, there are always screaming, dirty children and their trashy parents everywhere.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 09:57 AM
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11. Well that may be a little harsh!
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:46 AM
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17. I once took my daughter and her classmates out to the mall.
The kids from "good" homes were all over the place. I had to keep telling thme not to pick up things they weren't goinfg to buy. The kid from the trailer park? She was well behaved.


BTW - as soon as we dropped the kid from the trailer park off on the home, (I mean as soon as the car door closed behind her), the other girls started talking about how "trashy" she was!


My daughter avoided those kids after that!
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 08:19 AM
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3. Maybe the parents work evening jobs, or early morning ones?
So, they have no choice other than to pay for a babysitter or take their kids with them?

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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 08:29 AM
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4. Damn, I wish you had posted this in GD.
It's Thursday, and there's nary a slugfest to be found over there.

:o
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 08:32 AM
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5. If mom works two jobs
2am might be her only time she can go shopping. And if she doesn't have an overnight babysitter then she may have no choice but to bring the kids. You can't leave them home alone. You get arrested for that.

:(
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 09:17 AM
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6. probably meth heads...or possibly in the country illegally. nt.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 09:22 AM
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7. Now this is just a ridiculous post
Edited on Thu Jun-19-08 09:24 AM by jasonc
Why?

I agree with some of the above posters, that perhaps that is the only time they can be together as a family due to 3rd shift employment or other factors, etc...

edit: although that is still no excuse for the behavior of the kids.
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 09:30 AM
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8. I think they are probably not employed. nt.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 09:56 AM
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10. Funny. I read the post as complete sarcasm.
Now I wonder which of us was right.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:25 AM
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13. sarcasm. nt
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:38 AM
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14. why do you support stealing American jobs? nt.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:38 AM
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16. i am indian, its what we do. nt
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:46 AM
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18. Oh snap!
:rofl:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 11:30 AM
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23. Lou Dobbs, is that you?
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 11:33 AM
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25. Lose Jobs. nt.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 11:34 AM
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26. To people who you think are unemployed in a post above?
:shrug:
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 11:39 AM
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27. the meth heads are unemployed, not the illegals. nt.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:38 AM
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15. I hope so
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 09:55 AM
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9. It's Mississippi. The kids were probably just getting out of the shoe factories.
:rofl:

Meh. I take my kids shopping at all hours. School's out, no big deal. The social issues you mentioned bother me, but if you find a way to stop teen pregnancy or inattentive parents in over their heads or kids stealing off shelves, you call me. :)
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:47 AM
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19. I think we can accurately assume that the kids don't attend school. nt.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 11:21 AM
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22. That's a vicious stereotype that's just not true.
Many factory workers are recruited straight from elementary schools.
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Celeborn Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:05 AM
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12. My parents used to let me stay awake during the summer.
I didn't have a bed time limit during the summer. I did have to be up by 9:30 though. Two weeks before school would start, they would begin to make me go to bed at a decent hour so I wasn't all messed up for school.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:54 AM
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20. I will not tolerate this nocturnal discrimination. Ignored.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 10:57 AM
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21. Hey
Britney's gotta shop, too.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-19-08 11:31 AM
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24. Some people with kids also like to shop when the store is nearly empty.
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