Okay I need to vent. It's not about retail, but it's about stupid parents. The stupid parents of the kids that go to my son's school.
I live right across the street from his school. I normally walk him over there before I head off for work. I normally stay until his class goes in because the lack of supervision in the morning still makes me nervous. Other parents? They don't seem to give a flying rats ass about safety of their kids, as well as other kids.
First, they will pull right in the driveway where the kids are all lining up. Mere inches from the front of the line (which is where my precious baby boy is standing!) I have a heart attack every morning, waiting for the day one of these peoples' brakes decides to fail and mows down 20-30 kids in the process.
I managed to get the principal to move the line back a few feet, but the jackasses just pull in even farther. (Did I mention...little kids like to run around!) It's always the same 10 or so different parents too, and I make sure to give them my "angry" look whenever they pull in.
Secondly, they block driveways! Especially mine. And of course, none of these people can get their kids to school on time, so even after my son has gone in, school has started, and I am trying to head to work, there's still a herd trying to get their kid into the building. But they just park in the middle of the damn road, usually in front of my driveway and WALK THEIR KID INSIDE!
Better yet, sometimes they park in my driveway, blocking the entrance and exit (an accomplishment since two cars can normally fit). The least they could do is pull all the way into the driveway and take up a parking space. We have plenty, I feel there is no problem in sharing one or two of them. Just not the exit, where I and many of my neighbors need to go to get to work on time.
Thirdly, the parents don't seem to give a rat's ass about their own child's safety. I watched a mother park in the middle of the road (in front of my driveway no less) and let the kids out. She didn't get out, of course. She had two kids, about 1st grade and 4th grade. The 1st grader, a little boy, just climbs out and rushes into oncoming traffic. He didn't even stop to look to see if the way was clear. If he did, he would have seen a giant Pace bus coming straight at him. Lucky for him, the driver of the bus saw this and was going slow, managing to brake in time before have a 1st grader on his windshield.
The mother? Didn't even look phased. Once both her kids were out and on their way the bus driver gave the mother the finger. I probably would have been yelling out my window saying something along the lines of, "Teach your kids how to cross the road properly or else stop having sex and reproducing!"
I have written a letter for the principal in hopes he'll write something to hand out to the parents about the safety of the kids at this school. This is just crazy!
I bet these are the same parents who let their kids run around crazy in the stores too. And you know if that little boy had gotten hit it wouldn't have been the mother's fault, she would have either blamed the school, the driver, or a combo of both. Same if one of the parents from my first example had hit a kid. Wouldn't have been their fault, it would have been the school's or the kid's or the kid's parent... Blah. Might start sending my kid to school in a helmet and body armor.