How would you feel if this were your child? (Shop bans 2 year old 'hoodie')

@shywolf (4520)
United States
January 23, 2007 11:15pm CST
I was reading this news story about a 2 year old child who was wearing a hooded jacket. His granddad brought him into a store, and hadn't more than stepped into the shop before the grandfather was asked to remove the hood from the child's head because of the store's strict 'no hoodie' policy. Needless to say, the grandfather took the child and walked out. They don't plan on going back there to shop again, either, and I can't say that I blame them. I think that this story is pretty outrageous - I understand the whole 'hoodie' phenomenon, and why shops would ban 'hoodie' types in general. But a 2 year old? Come on! What was that two year old going to do? Rob the store? LOL!!! Maybe steal a piece of candy without knowing any better, lol.. but I doubt even that would happen! *laugh* What would you have done if this were your child? Or how would you feel in this situation, what do you think about it? You can read the full story here: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2170192.html?menu=
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
24 Jan 07
That poor baby!!! Because essentially that is what that boy is...a baby! How could a shop walk up to a baby and demand that he remove his jacket? That is just taking the "no hoodie" policy to the extreme. Now that store has just earned themselves a bad reputation. What the child was more of a baby and the hoodie was on to protect the babies head and ears? Would they tell the mother that she would have to take the hoodie off her baby? I know that seems a bit extreme...but honestly, that store already took it to an extreme level by trying to make a little two year old remove his jacket. When are people going to gain some common sense and stop being so hypersensitive?
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@shoelover (896)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
Isn't that the most stupid policy you have ever heard. If it was my child that was wearing the hood I would have said haven't you heard the customer is always right. Now I am a prospective customer in this store and if you want my custom you would let me and my child enter the store without prejudice. Unless of course you would like an anti discrimination suit against the store. If they refused I would definately boycott the store and also tell my friends. You know the policy one friend tells another and another and another pretty soon the store will not have many customers.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
24 Jan 07
With the lawyers we have today if the store did not strictly enforce the policy then they would be in court for discriminating agains certain peole. Probably the very ones that the policy was designed to keep out of the store.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I agree, I think it is a stupid rule, but if they do it for some people they have to do it for everyone regardless of their age. They could be looking at a lawsuit if they didn't.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
I agree with you. If two people walked into the store and they only told the older one to remove the hoodie there would have been a scene right then and there. Maybe it would have ended at that but do you think the store would really want to take the chance that it wouldn't end there? I don't think they would.
• India
25 Jan 07
Well if he would be my child. I would protest against that person who has asked me to remove that jacket because he is of only 2 years old. How it could be possible for him to steal the things from shop. I think shop person is very possessive about his shop. He forgot to notice that he has of only 2 years.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
25 Jan 07
that is the most annoying thing. That grandfather should go to his local TV station and make a point. I would do just that if it were me.
@fabchic (130)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
im not aware how the policy re: hoodies started but 1 thing's for sure....that store's got some stupid employees!! its they're just plain stupid..
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@kikiss (431)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
That's just sounds like a joke .I mean really what 2 year old can do ?shame of them!
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Thats outrageous the store owner probably lose more customers due to this policy, i neva heard of such a policy before !
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24 Jan 07
I have a big family, and when we were younger we use to go to the corner shop together, so there would be about 4-5 of us usually. At one time my little brother, who was about 3-4 at the time, was learning how you should pay for goods (sweets) at shops at the till, and how to work out how much things cost etc, as children do. The shopkeeper once accused him of not paying for a couple of sweetst which cost a few pence! My little brother was nearly in tears saying he had paid! We were so pissed off with them, I've never stepped fot in that shop again tho its just ywo minutes away from me! Another time we were at this jewellers store and my little brother (aww he always gets picked on) was just standing by a glass cabinet looking at the things on display, and all of a sudden one of the shop assistants shouted at him and told him to stay away from the cabinet. My mum and my sister threw a fit and told the shop keeper that considering we were his regular customers his worker had no right to speak to my brother like that, especailly because he is just a kid. My sister has never been in that shop again either. I think this mentality and behaviour from adults is appaling and children should not be privy to such discrimination. Children should be shown and given respect if adults wish to earn respect from them. There are better ways of teaching children these things than just telling them off and upsetting them.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I don't know for sure what I would have done. On one hand the rules are the rules and without rules there is no order. You can't make an exception for a two year old because then someone with a four year old wants the expeception, then 7, then 9 etc. If you have a rule it has to be followed by everyone. On the other it seems like a silly rule just because someone is wearing a type of clothes doesn't automatically make a them a criminal.
• Canada
24 Jan 07
My kids' high school has a "no hoodies" policy... actually it's a "no head coverings" policy. They can't wear baseball caps, hoods, winter hats - nothing at all on their heads. The reason for this is because they have security cameras and the cameras can't capture the images of anyone whose head is covered. I was going to go off on a tangent about the treatment of the little 2 year old (I mean, seriously, he's ONLY 2!!!) and then I had a thought... *maybe* the store has some policy about capturing images of everyone who enters their premises, no matter what their age, including children. I know it's a long shot... LOL... but please allow me to play devil's advocate for just a second ;) What if the grandfather wasn't really the child's relative? If someone less scrupulous had taken the child into the store, at least without the hoodie the little boy might have been identified by his image on a security camera. I know, I know... again, it's probably stupid of me -- but just trying to look at the situation from every possible angle! :D
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@Drakhan (241)
• United States
20 Sep 07
I do kind of see the store's point of view. A lot of my job centers around setting and enforcing policies for five newspapers. The first thing you learn is that if you make an exception for anyone for any reason, you no longer have a rule. Everybody has a good reason for wanting what they want and unless you really enjoy telling people, "Yes, we allow some people to do that, but not you because their reason is good enough and yours is not ..." it's best to stick to the rule. Let's say that I'm walking in behind the baby and his grandpa. You tell me to take my hoodie off. I say "But you just let a kid through wearing one." Are you really going to say "Yes, but he's just a child and harmless. I'm sure he's not trying to hide his face from the security cameras while he shoplifts." Because if you do, you're saying you think I'm a thief. So then you let me keep mine on because I'm getting mad and you think I'm probably okay. Then the next guy you tells points at me and says "Hey, he's wearing one. You're just telling me to take mine off because I'm black? You're saying black people are more likely to steal than white people?" You really can't let employees have leeway to make calls like that based on the "well, he seemed harmless" because the other side of the coin is "I didn't like his looks." And essentially, that's what you're doing when you let the kid through. You're telling everyone you didn't let through, you didn't like their looks.
@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
20 Sep 07
Wow that is pretty stupid. I can't even imagine what those people were thinking when it happened. I wear hoodies all the time and if anyone ever said anything to me about it, I'd make a huge scene, I don't care, you can't treat people like that especially if there's no dress code posted anywhere.
• United States
30 Jan 07
I'm pretty sure that anyone who thinks a two year old can't wear a hoodie because it's against store policy is just an idiot. What are they going to do?? Some people need a good old smack upside the head. What the world needs now is common sense! I'm just baffled by this! The granddad was obviously trying to prevent the child from being cold and getting sick. He was doing the right thing and to be "attacked" by the staff as he entered, no wonder he turned away and walked out the door.
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
30 Jan 07
What would you do if the child walked into the store with the hood down, but then put it up later on? Shoot him right there in the aisle. How about the kid who puts his hood up and down about 100 times in a single shopping trip? People get all excited about new rules, but they have no common sense in how they are applied. Just amazing!
@gabs8513 (48714)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 07
That is absolutely Terrible If it would have been an Adult fair do but not a 2 Year old goodness over here they all wear hooded Jackets specially the little ones
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I would told the person who suggested to remove the hood on my 2 year old that this is outrageous and unless you want to loose a customer I suggest you change your policy.
• United States
25 Jan 07
that's so stupid. a 2 year old child is just that he's not going to steal anything like you said. it was probably cold or it was raining and he didn't want his grandson to get sick. i would've walked out as well and gave the company a bad name by word of mouth to everyone i know. i know why the shop banned hoodies. they are big and you can easily get things underneath the hoodie and walk out with it without anyone ever knew it was missing. but that should only count for teens and adults. not babies.
@cuhkiz (568)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
What a crap..Supposed to be they should give A BIT OF EXEMPTION! Why carry it over to that 2 yr old innocent child. Nobody will be happy about that situation even i will close my fist by doing that to my kids. They dont have nothing to do with the policy and that kind of policy is full of S**t!!!
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I keep asking my self what would I have done then,what would I have done about that,what would I have done in that exact situation with my 2 yr old , and I honestly can't picture this. Its absolutely ridicules. I think I would leave and then write a nice long letter explaining to the shop owner all the things I was going to buy ,but since I was treated rudely with my grandchild I didn'yt buy them nor would I be back. Explaing the reason of course. Then see if they apologized or not...