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(The Sun)   Nanny state sends police to a toddler's birthday party because. A) Parents got in a fight. B) Pedophile was present. C) Mom tried to light the candles   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 48
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2012-05-14 10:54:59 PM
While I'm in agreement that what happened was stupid, this happened at a business and they probably have certain rules that guests & employees are expected to follow.

Also, the "Nanny State" had nothing to do with this. It was a worker at the business that called the police.
 
2012-05-14 11:08:57 PM
I'm not a betting woman, but I wouldnt' be surprised if the mother was a tad aggressive. She looks so nice and sweet in that picture, but what if she's a raging screaming banshee? We don't know.
 
2012-05-14 11:58:14 PM
My feeble authority and stupid rules were challenged, I'm calling the cops to show them a lesson.
 
2012-05-15 12:26:22 AM
"I had unprotected sex! I deserve to do whatever I want at all times because of it! Who the hell do you think you are!? Raaaaar!!! " -Every Parent In Stories Like This
 
2012-05-15 12:34:16 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Also, the "Nanny State" had nothing to do with this. It was a worker at the business that called the police.


THANK GOD WE NOW HAVE A "NANNY STATE" HEADLINE
 
2012-05-15 12:45:10 AM

Somacandra: Bathia_Mapes: Also, the "Nanny State" had nothing to do with this. It was a worker at the business that called the police.

THANK GOD WE NOW HAVE A "NANNY STATE" HEADLINE


It's time for an 'I'm offended and my feelings are hurt so I call the police over stupid bullshiat' tag.
No personal power? Control issues? Call the cops!
 
2012-05-15 12:51:26 AM

AbbeySomeone: Somacandra: Bathia_Mapes: Also, the "Nanny State" had nothing to do with this. It was a worker at the business that called the police.

THANK GOD WE NOW HAVE A "NANNY STATE" HEADLINE

It's time for an 'I'm offended and my feelings are hurt so I call the police over stupid bullshiat' tag.
No personal power? Control issues? Call the cops!


More like the mom was out of line.

I've been in 100s of situations like this as customer and employee, narry a cop was called.
 
2012-05-15 02:56:18 AM
....with a blowtorch.
 
2012-05-15 04:24:58 AM
Skipped article for the page three girls.
 
2012-05-15 04:32:47 AM
She did it using a flame thrower.
 
2012-05-15 05:17:14 AM
So, the answer is pretty much A in this case?
 
2012-05-15 05:42:14 AM
Subby in DNRTFA sensation.
 
2012-05-15 05:47:25 AM
I am trying to understand why this mom refused to be fine with "Yes, you can have your cake, if you light it in *this* room here, and just have one of us in the room with you." Having watched a birthday party full of four-year-old girls waylay a 6 foot tall dad who was bringing out the cupcakes, I can totally see their point. Hell, I'd not mind an extra caretaker or two on hand to keep the kids under control until the cake's passed out.

Cops were called? Really?
 
2012-05-15 05:48:35 AM
FTFA: "Advice was given to all involved."

I would say nobody was innocent here.
 
2012-05-15 05:51:06 AM
Well, she shouldn't have tried to light roman candles on a stripper-cake with a flamethrower.

That's totally inappropriate for a toddler party. Save it for middle school.
 
2012-05-15 05:58:44 AM
Candles on a cake? That's an 'elf and safety problem

Elf? Were they straining for some kind of pun and failing spectacularly?
 
2012-05-15 06:02:47 AM

Ambivalence: I'm not a betting woman, but I wouldnt' be surprised if the mother was a tad aggressive. She looks so nice and sweet in that picture, but what if she's a raging screaming banshee? We don't know.


no, she looks like white trash. Just look at that hair and what she did to her eyebrows...
 
2012-05-15 06:03:23 AM

timharrod: Candles on a cake? That's an 'elf and safety problem

Elf? Were they straining for some kind of pun and failing spectacularly?


Nope, check the Daily Mail. They call it 'elf and safety' all the frigging time.
 
2012-05-15 06:10:56 AM

Ambivalence: I'm not a betting woman, but I wouldnt' be surprised if the mother was a tad aggressive. She looks so nice and sweet in that picture, but what if she's a raging screaming banshee? We don't know.


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I'm pretty good at judging books by their cover. Trust me, that is a pill-popping-alcoholic-mush-for-brains nut case.
 
2012-05-15 06:11:29 AM
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: "Advice was given to all involved."

Oh. how very..
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/maybe it's because I'm a Londoner..
 
2012-05-15 06:16:49 AM

timharrod: 'elf and safety


The "'elf and safety" (health & safety) thing is something that often shows up in articles concerning the U.K. Some U.K. city councils seem to use the term often as an excuse when prohibiting something.
 
2012-05-15 06:31:10 AM
The police call had nothing to do with lighting the candles.

You're an idiot, subby.
 
2012-05-15 06:43:27 AM

Loud_Mouth_Soup: The police call had nothing to do with lighting the candles.

You're an idiot, subby.


And to top it off it's from 'The Sun' Let me put it this way. Fox News is much more trustworthy then The Sun ever will be.
 
2012-05-15 06:51:56 AM
I'm guessing the mother was being an awkward uppity biatch, but no need to call the police; the situation was probably nothing that a simple KHITBASH wouldn't have sorted out.
 
2012-05-15 06:56:21 AM

binnster: I'm guessing the mother was being an awkward uppity biatch, but no need to call the police; the situation was probably nothing that a simple KHITBASH wouldn't have sorted out.


B*tches with control issues.
Both sides.
 
2012-05-15 06:57:43 AM
Um, it only takes about, what? 20 seconds to light a few candles , sing Happy Birthday, and blow them out. Take advise from Nike- Just Do It. By the time the cops arrive, the candles will be long since extinguished, and the cake half-eaten.
 
2012-05-15 07:18:40 AM
Trick question; the correct answer FTA is:

d) the police were called because the staff was "intimidated" by the parent

I imagine, by the use of inflamatory headline obliquely related to the actual events, that subby has a career at the British tabloids waiting for them.
 
2012-05-15 07:20:09 AM

zomega: I am trying to understand why this mom refused to be fine with "Yes, you can have your cake, if you light it in *this* room here, and just have one of us in the room with you." Having watched a birthday party full of four-year-old girls waylay a 6 foot tall dad who was bringing out the cupcakes, I can totally see their point. Hell, I'd not mind an extra caretaker or two on hand to keep the kids under control until the cake's passed out.

Cops were called? Really?


Yes, they really were. Possibly the one thing that's missing from your calm and measured solution is that, when the mother agrees to have the candles lit in the other area, the establishment charges $100 to rent the room and pay for the caretaker. This mother in question who doesn't share the same last name as her son and whose boyfriend doesn't share the son's last name likely: 1. knew about the extra costs of scheduling a birthday party. 2. wanted to have one on the cheap, and 3. turned into a wailing banshee with the establishment's workers when faced with having to do what she should have been doing.

Loved the decorations on the cake. Little Oscar should have taken a hint and started bawling: "Hulk hate birthday cake. Hulk smash birthday cake."

On the other hand, perhaps mum should have opted to have little Oscar's third birthday party held in the trailer park where she lives.
 
2012-05-15 07:24:02 AM
I, for one, am happy that candles are banned in the workplace.
 
2012-05-15 07:25:57 AM

fredklein: Um, it only takes about, what? 20 seconds to light a few candles , sing Happy Birthday, and blow them out. Take advise from Nike- Just Do It. By the time the cops arrive, the candles will be long since extinguished, and the cake half-eaten.


I think the problem was the power-tripping party center lady wouldn't let her. She was probably getting grabby with the candles and preventing the mom from just lighting them and being done with it.

Health and safety concerns? WTF, it's like 4 small candles in the middle of a cake. They're not setting off fireworks. They're not lighting magnesium sparklers. Just 4 candles for fark's sake. And if they tip over, they fall in cake. If the cake falls over, it smothers the candles. Have some Goddamn common sense here.
No silly string around the candels? Fine. No tiny wax candles? Stupid.
 
2012-05-15 07:45:38 AM
Subby is an idiot.

1 - Police weren't called because of the candles
2 - the State didn't send the police, they were called by the people running the premises


You might, potentially, argue that it is OTT to insist that candles are only lit in a certain part of the premises and with one of your staff nearby, but we don't have enough facts.

Sounds to me like the family wanted to do exactly as they pleased and got arsey when they were asked to follow the rules of the business. Who knows, maybe they were trying to like candles right next to the playcentre's magnesium and papier-mache centrepiece display?
 
2012-05-15 07:51:17 AM
Who the hell is Rumble Tumble?
 
2012-05-15 07:51:42 AM
Having worked in a children's museum and supervised parties, I'd guess this was the icing on the cake, as it were. Some parents believe that paying the birthday party fee allows them free rein of the entire facility, and exemption from all the rules. If there were problems with lighting the cake, I also bet there were problems getting kids and parents to follow other rules, to the point that the party should've been thrown out. Many times those places only have one or two young workers, though, and if the adults at the party were aggressive, there'd be nothing the worker could do except call the police. Then, when the police arrive, hold up little Oscar and the "trauma" caused by having his party ruined by the mean old worker.
 
2012-05-15 08:00:43 AM

Pert: You might, potentially, argue that it is OTT to insist that candles are only lit in a certain part of the premises and with one of your staff nearby, but we don't have enough facts.


That may be the part that does involve the 'Nanny State'. They probably have to comply with regulations set down by whatever their equivalent of the Fire Marshall is over there.
 
2012-05-15 08:11:46 AM
A nursery is not the state, nanny or otherwise...

I suppose they could be nannies.
 
2012-05-15 08:20:52 AM

thatboyoverthere: Loud_Mouth_Soup: The police call had nothing to do with lighting the candles.

You're an idiot, subby.

And to top it off it's from 'The Sun' Let me put it this way. Fox News is much more trustworthy then The Sun ever will be.


Considering the ownership, they have a lot in common. Flashy hyperbole as a facade and tits waiting for you inside.
 
2012-05-15 08:23:21 AM
The high forehead is a dead giveaway.

/Mum is a raving biatch and probably caused the whole ruckus.
 
2012-05-15 08:49:00 AM

MythDragon: I think the problem was the power-tripping party center lady wouldn't let her. She was probably getting grabby with the candles and preventing the mom from just lighting them and being done with it.


So say "Fine, I won't have candles", and when the lady walks away, light 'em up. By the time the time to women notices (if she does) , it'll be over.

Or have one person deal with the lady, while the another lights the candles.
 
2012-05-15 08:56:34 AM
You guys are missing the most salient point: what kind of cake was it? And is there some left?
 
2012-05-15 09:18:23 AM
Lots of things to blame for this clusterfark. Stupid employee following stupid safety rules due to stupid lawsuits from stupid parents. The actually bully appears to be the employee when the parents didn't respect his authority.
 
2012-05-15 09:20:16 AM
What trollmitter thinks happens: Cops come to a private party because of an open flame. OMG NANNY STATE

What really happened: A private business doesn't allow an open flame in their place of business w/o supervision of a staff member because they cater to kids and kids and flames don't mix. Customer get pissy with staff and staff member calls the cops, not because of the open flame, but because customer was "abusive"
 
2012-05-15 09:31:10 AM

doglover: "I had unprotected sex! I deserve to do whatever I want at all times because of it! Who the hell do you think you are!? Raaaaar!!! " -Every Parent In Stories Like This


Here in NC, a FB friend said that his reason for voting "yes" on A1 was to protect his 7-year-old daughter.

Interestingly, he was about 25 years old and his profile said that he wasn't married until last year.

/I never brought that particular tidbit up, but we still ended up arguing until he defriended me
 
2012-05-15 09:50:19 AM
I had the opportunity to chat with one of our fine limey friends from across the pond this weekend at a wedding. One of the things we talked about was how "nanny state" things seem to be getting over there (not sure if this story truly qualifies, but whatever). His explanation was that because of universal healthcare, the state (and the public at large) have more of a stake in keeping you healthy, because they have to pay for it when you hurt yourself or have unhealthy habits. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it does kind of make sense. And no, I'm not trying to turn this into a politics tab thread about Obamacare, just relating my recent CSB.
 
2012-05-15 11:59:37 AM

dennysgod: What really happened: A private business doesn't allow an open flame in their place of business w/o supervision of a staff member because they cater to kids and kids and flames don't mix.


If the staff member can stand there arguing the rules and calling the cops, why can't the staff member just STFU and supervise instead? It'd be faster and easier, and more pleasant for all involved.
 
2012-05-15 01:22:29 PM

zomega: timharrod: Candles on a cake? That's an 'elf and safety problem

Elf? Were they straining for some kind of pun and failing spectacularly?

Nope, check the Daily Mail. They call it 'elf and safety' all the frigging time.


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2012-05-15 03:21:21 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: "Advice was given to all involved."

Oh. how very..
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/maybe it's because I'm a Londoner..


Exactly. In the states that phase means everyone was tasered or pepper sprayed.
/or both
 
2012-05-15 03:45:13 PM

The Muthaship: That may be the part that does involve the 'Nanny State'. They probably have to comply with regulations set down by whatever their equivalent of the Fire Marshall is over there.


I seriously doubt that.

As long as they have the right number of fire exits / routes for the capacity of the building I think it would be up to them to set their own policies within reason. If they were going to do a pyrotechnic display they may need to get some kind of expert assessment, but we don't really have fire marshalls telling us where we can and can't do things.
 
2012-05-15 04:06:45 PM

MAYORBOB: zomega: I am trying to understand why this mom refused to be fine with "Yes, you can have your cake, if you light it in *this* room here, and just have one of us in the room with you." Having watched a birthday party full of four-year-old girls waylay a 6 foot tall dad who was bringing out the cupcakes, I can totally see their point. Hell, I'd not mind an extra caretaker or two on hand to keep the kids under control until the cake's passed out.

Cops were called? Really?

Yes, they really were. Possibly the one thing that's missing from your calm and measured solution is that, when the mother agrees to have the candles lit in the other area, the establishment charges $100 to rent the room and pay for the caretaker. This mother in question who doesn't share the same last name as her son and whose boyfriend doesn't share the son's last name likely: 1. knew about the extra costs of scheduling a birthday party. 2. wanted to have one on the cheap, and 3. turned into a wailing banshee with the establishment's workers when faced with having to do what she should have been doing.

Loved the decorations on the cake. Little Oscar should have taken a hint and started bawling: "Hulk hate birthday cake. Hulk smash birthday cake."

On the other hand, perhaps mum should have opted to have little Oscar's third birthday party held in the trailer park where she lives.


Yeah, this is pretty close to how I interpreted the article. Mom and bf got rude and eventually the high school/college student stuck with dealing with them decided "f&ck it! I'm kicking these people out" and called the cops
 
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