What to do about people with unruly children in line at the checkout.

United States
March 7, 2007 2:21am CST
Actually, the subject line says it all. What do you do when you are stuck in the checkout line in front of someone who has unruly children? I have to say that I am not a huge fan of children. Oh, I don't hate them but I don't want to have any either -- so I didn't. And I don't want to be stepped on banged into and candy smeared in the checkout line either. What do you do when the parents do nothing?
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
20 Mar 07
It depends on what you mean out of control, I have a 6 month old and 3 year old, and I have been stuck in the check out line when she starts crying and he starts asking for things and I say no and he gets mad, Imagine how the parents feel. I feel so embarrassed and I try to get out of there as soon as possible. But I do do things to try to keep them quiet, but it is hard for the parents as well. But the parents who blatantly ignore bad behavior from their children, something should be done about that, I agree, but children arent easy.
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I can see what you are saying, but your children are not what I am talking about. I mean when you keep getting run into, and stepped on and candy smeared all over the back of your jacket... And mom and dad are just blissfully ignorant or unconcerned. I didn't have children and I don't want to have to deal with their brats! I get truly sick of coming home from the store only to have to wash something sticky off my clothes or try to get the black off of my shoes. I'm sorry that you may have a temporary discipline problem with your child but that is temporary, however embarrassing and frustrating it may be. But people can see that you are trying. Thanks for your response.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I would actually like to see store managers step up to the plate. I can't stand when parents let their kids get out of control in the checkout line. I sometimes say something to the parent and or the child. It's one of my biggest pet peeves when shopping..lol
• United States
20 Mar 07
Mine too. That and the crouds during the Yule.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I used to be pretty shy and passive, and a few years back, I wouldn't have said anything. Now I would and have said something to the parents. I'm not rude about it (I dont think so anyways) and I dont cause a scene. I just say something along the lines of....wow...your kids sure are active, I'm not so sure I can handle all of their activity right now, do you think you could keep them back there with you? *my kids are older now and I didn't let them bug people....crying and/or bad behavior ended up in returning to the car and me going at a later time or after I got them to stop acting up. I dont think anyone should be burdening other people with their kids....I go to a store to shop and get what I need done, not to watch someone elses kids so they can shop!