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2014-08-29 04:20:50 PM  
Yes, subby, but look at the mother of the playground girl in South Carolina:
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Now look at the uzi girl:

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As you can see, justice was applied appropriately in today's post-racial America!
 
2014-08-29 04:21:50 PM  
Carry an UZI to the playground.
 
2014-08-29 04:27:18 PM  
Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.
 
2014-08-29 04:34:25 PM  

spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.


So 10 years in prison and effectively orphaning a 9 year-old is entirely appropriate.
 
2014-08-29 04:36:51 PM  

spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.


My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.
 
2014-08-29 04:51:05 PM  
FFS, it seems like my entire childhood is illegal these days, at least in the less rational parts of this country. During the summer, I was out and about, usually on my bike.

I'm glad that, in my town at least, kids can (and do) still go out bike riding. But it still pisses me off to see how much traffic there is on school days from parents driving their kids to school.
 
2014-08-29 05:01:47 PM  
I think the argument goes something like walking to the park isn't protected in the bill of rights. Or something like that.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-29 05:03:00 PM  
Whiny columnist should have his First Amendment right revoked. Whether kids can play with Uzis and police can go full freakout over unattended children varies from state to state.
 
2014-08-29 05:11:45 PM  

ZAZ: Whiny columnist should have his First Amendment right revoked. Whether kids can play with Uzis and police can go full freakout over unattended children varies from state to state.


We're not talking about the difference between Arkansas and Massachusetts here.  We're talking South Carolina and Arizona--the eastern and western poles of American teahadist derpery.
 
2014-08-29 05:17:20 PM  

SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.


I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.
 
2014-08-29 05:27:16 PM  

spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.


So what should she do?  Stop working and go on welfare instead?
 
2014-08-29 05:36:44 PM  
Is learning to walk to the playground going to help you when the Russkies show up?
 
2014-08-29 05:39:24 PM  

spman: I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming


Of COURSE you are.
 
2014-08-29 05:40:51 PM  

spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.


. How are you sure of that? Based on what?
 
2014-08-29 05:46:54 PM  

doyner: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

So what should she do?  Stop working and go on welfare instead?


If I had all tbe answers I'd be rich. I don't know what she should do, I'm not judging her or her situation, I'm just arguing the facts, not looking for a solution. If you feel it is the local municipalities job to babysit children, then fine, perhaps there is some merit to that argument. In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and better liqbility insurance in case of accidents.
 
2014-08-29 05:55:36 PM  

spman: doyner: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

So what should she do?  Stop working and go on welfare instead?

If I had all tbe answers I'd be rich. I don't know what she should do, I'm not judging her or her situation, I'm just arguing the facts, not looking for a solution. If you feel it is the local municipalities job to babysit children, then fine, perhaps there is some merit to that argument. In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and better liqbility insurance in case of accidents.


Nice strawman there.  Here's my counter argument:

If you think it's a better option to put the child in protective services at the taxpayer's expense while also paying for 10 years of housing an inmate, fine, perhaps there's some merit to that argument.  In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and inmates.
 
2014-08-29 05:58:09 PM  

Tigger: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

. How are you sure of that? Based on what?


It's a pejorative statement based on the anecdotal evidence acquired through years of working with the public and noticing a correlation between people not supervising their children (regardless of the reason), and the amount of outrage shown when said children get in trouble.

There, happy now?
 
2014-08-29 06:01:14 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: I think the argument goes something like walking to the park isn't protected in the bill of rights. Or something like that.


It became necessary to destroy the family to save it.
 
2014-08-29 06:05:22 PM  

spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.


Because she's black, a woman, or lower class?
 
2014-08-29 06:05:33 PM  

spman: Tigger: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

. How are you sure of that? Based on what?

It's a pejorative statement based on the anecdotal evidence acquired through years of working with the public and noticing a correlation between people not supervising their children (regardless of the reason), and the amount of outrage shown when said children get in trouble.

There, happy now?


Yes. You've self-identified as a pointless contrarian of no worth.

Just needed confirmation.

Thanks.
 
2014-08-29 06:05:41 PM  

spman: I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day.


spman: I'm not judging her or her situation,

 
2014-08-29 06:08:13 PM  

doyner: spman: doyner: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

So what should she do?  Stop working and go on welfare instead?

If I had all tbe answers I'd be rich. I don't know what she should do, I'm not judging her or her situation, I'm just arguing the facts, not looking for a solution. If you feel it is the local municipalities job to babysit children, then fine, perhaps there is some merit to that argument. In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and better liqbility insurance in case of accidents.

Nice strawman there.  Here's my counter argument:

If you think it's a better option to put the child in protective services at the taxpayer's expense while also paying for 10 years of housing an inmate, fine, perhaps there's some merit to that argument.  In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and inmates.


Then fine, let your kids roam free, however the caveat must be some sort of written or implied agreement holding the city and the public at large harmless from any accidents or injuries that may befall them, and holding yourself fully responsible for any potential mischief they get into.
 
2014-08-29 06:13:00 PM  

spman: doyner: spman: doyner: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

So what should she do?  Stop working and go on welfare instead?

If I had all tbe answers I'd be rich. I don't know what she should do, I'm not judging her or her situation, I'm just arguing the facts, not looking for a solution. If you feel it is the local municipalities job to babysit children, then fine, perhaps there is some merit to that argument. In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and better liqbility insurance in case of accidents.

Nice strawman there.  Here's my counter argument:

If you think it's a better option to put the child in protective services at the taxpayer's expense while also paying for 10 years of housing an inmate, fine, perhaps there's some merit to that argument.  In that case, feel free to make a generous donation to your local tax collector and tell them you want it spent on strategically placed supervisors around town for everyones kids, and inmates.

Then fine, let your kids roam free, however the caveat must be some sort of written or implied agreement h ...


You see, you were speaking in hypotheticals.  IF the kid got hurt THEN the mother would scream bloody murder.  I, OTOH, was speaking in reality.  SINCE the mother faces 10 years in prison, her daughter WILL be in protective custody AND the taxpayer will CERTAINLY pay for it.

See the difference?  You tried to argue around the issue while completely ignoring the realities of the case.

Oh, and giving a 9 year-old girl a fully-auto Uzi is pants-on-head-window-licking-potato.  Do we at least agree on that?
 
2014-08-29 06:32:13 PM  
You see, you were speaking in hypotheticals.  IF the kid got hurt THEN the mother would scream bloody murder.  I, OTOH, was speaking in reality.  SINCE the mother faces 10 years in prison, her daughter WILL be in protective custody AND the taxpayer will CERTAINLY pay for it.

See the difference?  You tried to argue around the issue while completely ignoring the realities of the case.

Oh, and giving a 9 year-old girl a fully-auto Uzi is pants-on-head-window-licking-potato.  Do we at least agree on that?


Oh absolutely, I wouldn't let a 9 year old play with a paintball gun much less something that fires bullets.

I also agree that 10 years in prison is pretty crazy, and probably only a potential crazy maximum penalty. Given the limited amount of facts provided, all you can really do is hypothesize, however I think it's reasonable to say that it is unlikely this was a first time deal, common sense would seem to indicate that she probably left her kids unsupervised at the Playground numerous times and was told not to do it.

Now I absolutely understand and feel for her situation, it's a really crappy one, given the hyper litigious society we live in where six and seven figure judgements are frequent and common, which taxpayers would also be paying for, it's easy to see why they don't want you leaving your kids unsupervised.
 
2014-08-29 07:17:56 PM  
========= TOTALLY OFF TOPIC ==========

FARK's commenting system hasn't been working right for me for a while

The quote button no longer works and I have to had edit the comments with HTML to make it readable (it puts everything in one paragraph ignoring the formatting)

is anyone else having this problem or know what's going on?
 
2014-08-29 07:22:12 PM  

CujoQuarrel: ========= TOTALLY OFF TOPIC ==========

FARK's commenting system hasn't been working right for me for a while

The quote button no longer works and I have to had edit the comments with HTML to make it readable (it puts everything in one paragraph ignoring the formatting)

is anyone else having this problem or know what's going on?


Reset your machine?
 
2014-08-29 07:23:24 PM  

ZAZ: Whiny columnist should have his First Amendment right revoked. Whether kids can play with Uzis and police can go full freakout over unattended children varies from state to state.


It shouldn't happen in any state!
 
2014-08-29 07:25:18 PM  

spman: Then fine, let your kids roam free, however the caveat must be some sort of written or implied agreement holding the city and the public at large harmless from any accidents or injuries that may befall them, and holding yourself fully responsible for any potential mischief they get into.


It's crazy that it would be assumed that things could be any other way.
 
2014-08-29 07:27:14 PM  
I would think helping the mother get affordable daycare or providing her with alternatives, rather than chucking her in jail and sending her child to foster care, would be more appropriate.

If I was the mother that saw the child by herself at the playground, I would have got in contact with her mother to find out what was going on and if there was some way I could help. And not essentially destroyed that entire family because I was feeling snarky, or better than the other mother, because I was dutifully sitting there staring at my precious snowflake swinging on the swing set rather than working down the road.
 
2014-08-29 07:29:53 PM  
FFS

If it weren't for the tragic accident, you'd think that the girl with the Uzi was a liberal anti-gun plant.
 
2014-08-29 07:34:24 PM  

Tazandra: I would think helping the mother get affordable daycare or providing her with alternatives, rather than chucking her in jail and sending her child to foster care, would be more appropriate.

If I was the mother that saw the child by herself at the playground, I would have got in contact with her mother to find out what was going on and if there was some way I could help. And not essentially destroyed that entire family because I was feeling snarky, or better than the other mother, because I was dutifully sitting there staring at my precious snowflake swinging on the swing set rather than working down the road.


You've never been to SC, have you?
 
2014-08-29 07:35:42 PM  

GreyWolf007: Tazandra: I would think helping the mother get affordable daycare or providing her with alternatives, rather than chucking her in jail and sending her child to foster care, would be more appropriate.

If I was the mother that saw the child by herself at the playground, I would have got in contact with her mother to find out what was going on and if there was some way I could help. And not essentially destroyed that entire family because I was feeling snarky, or better than the other mother, because I was dutifully sitting there staring at my precious snowflake swinging on the swing set rather than working down the road.

You've never been to SC, have you?


What does that mean? Please expound, thanks :)
 
2014-08-29 07:38:32 PM  

Fubegra: FFS, it seems like my entire childhood is illegal these days, at least in the less rational parts of this country. During the summer, I was out and about, usually on my bike.

I'm glad that, in my town at least, kids can (and do) still go out bike riding. But it still pisses me off to see how much traffic there is on school days from parents driving their kids to school.


Me too. I remember spending all day riding my bike around our subdivision with friends. Great memories. My daughter is 14 years old and they were discussing bicycles in one of her classes recently. She said less than a third of the kids in her class even knew how to ride a bike. Sad.
 
2014-08-29 07:38:55 PM  
This is a very backward thinking state, logic has been outlawed. (So you should be wary if you come 'round these parts spewing that darn fangled logic ;-)
 
2014-08-29 07:39:24 PM  

spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.


What in the hell are you going on about? Personal babysitting services? The kid walked to the playground. Isn't a place for kids to play is what a goddamn playground is for? Do they need to be handcuffed to Mom or Dad to make sure they don't set the tire chips on fire?

\seriously, decaf is something you should investigate
\\or Lithium
\\\you sure read a big ass pile of personal issues into that story
 
2014-08-29 07:42:56 PM  
1. Let kids play in the park. If something happens, deal with it then.

2. No need to panic about the gun range incident either. After this, gun ranges are quite likely to change their policies. But like the park issue, events are rare enough that it's better to deal with it if/when it happens.

3. That the woman in SC is a single black mother working at McD's is irrelevant. No one should be faced with those penalties.

4. It's also not some sort of call-to-arms about providing free daycare or additional services. Spending a few hours at the playground, riding your bike or playing at a friend's house are just fine.

5. Everyone chill the fark out and stop panicking and/or whining.
 
2014-08-29 07:43:38 PM  

CheapEngineer: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

What in the hell are you going on about? Personal babysitting services? The kid walked to the playground. Isn't a place for kids to play is what a goddamn playground is for? Do they need to be handcuffed to Mom or Dad to make sure they don't set the tire chips on fire?

\seriously, decaf is something you should investigate
\\or Lithium
\\\you sure read a big ass pile of personal issues into that story


Where did you see that the kid walked to the playground? The story, as brief as it is, seems to give a strong indication that the child was dropped off at the playground for lack of better childcare options. There's a difference between your kid playing at the playground for a while and spending all day there with nowhere else to go.
 
2014-08-29 07:48:28 PM  

spman: but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services.


The kid is nine.  They shouldn't need a babysitter of any kind.
If the kid is that inept at life, there are larger issues here.
Like the kind you apparently have.
 
2014-08-29 07:51:06 PM  

spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.


Why would a nine year old need babysitting? At nine I walked to school and back, nearly a mile, by myself or took the bus by myself (not a school bus, just a regular bus) or cycled around town either by myself or with school friends.
I'd also be home alone frequently.
Why would a nine year old need babysitting during the day?
 
2014-08-29 07:58:15 PM  

spman: You see, you were speaking in hypotheticals.  IF the kid got hurt THEN the mother would scream bloody murder.  I, OTOH, was speaking in reality.  SINCE the mother faces 10 years in prison, her daughter WILL be in protective custody AND the taxpayer will CERTAINLY pay for it.

See the difference?  You tried to argue around the issue while completely ignoring the realities of the case.

Oh, and giving a 9 year-old girl a fully-auto Uzi is pants-on-head-window-licking-potato.  Do we at least agree on that?

Oh absolutely, I wouldn't let a 9 year old play with a paintball gun much less something that fires bullets.

I also agree that 10 years in prison is pretty crazy, and probably only a potential crazy maximum penalty. Given the limited amount of facts provided, all you can really do is hypothesize, however I think it's reasonable to say that it is unlikely this was a first time deal, common sense would seem to indicate that she probably left her kids unsupervised at the Playground numerous times and was told not to do it.

Now I absolutely understand and feel for her situation, it's a really crappy one, given the hyper litigious society we live in where six and seven figure judgements are frequent and common, which taxpayers would also be paying for, it's easy to see why they don't want you leaving your kids unsupervised.


spman: Tigger: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

. How are you sure of that? Based on what?

It's a pejorative statement based on the anecdotal evidence acquired through years of working with the public and noticing a correlation between people not supervising their children (regardless of the reason), and the amount of outrage shown when said children get in trouble.

There, happy now?


I think the retard has confused the terms in bold.
 
2014-08-29 07:59:30 PM  
Is this the weekly Skin Cancer  people vs Sickle Cell people thread?
 
2014-08-29 08:05:38 PM  

Flint Ironstag: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

Why would a nine year old need babysitting? At nine I walked to school and back, nearly a mile, by myself or took the bus by myself (not a school bus, just a regular bus) or cycled around town either by myself or with school friends.
I'd also be home alone frequently.
Why would a nine year old need babysitting during the day?


I agree with you, but clearly this one did, or at least her mother felt she did. Why else would she take her with her to work every day and make her sit at McDonalds on the computer all day?
 
2014-08-29 08:08:53 PM  

Fubegra: FFS, it seems like my entire childhood is illegal these days, at least in the less rational parts of this country. During the summer, I was out and about, usually on my bike.


This.  When I was in elementary school was used to walk 2-3 miles to a stream that had crawfish and tadpoles (Jackson just north of Fletcher pky for you San Diego Farkers, it's apartments now).  Used to ride my bike to the La Mesa library.  Used to be a 4 foot drainage ditch from where the fire station is now on Dallas to the other side of Fletcher Pky, prolly 1/2 mile 3/4 of which was complete darkness.  We'd walk that with no flashlights.  When we got older and started making homemade fireworks a lot of them got set off in that tunnel.  Used to walk down Navajo to Cowles Mountain, climb to the top, and head home.  With BB-guns and Bows/arrows.  Can you imaging a 12 year old walking down a fairly busy street with a BB gun nowdays?

When I was in my 20s me and a buddy used to ride our motorcycles from San Carlos (Navajo and Lake Murray)  to Alpine for some target shooting.  With pistols strapped around our waists, and rifles slung over our backs.  Not BB=guns this time, the real deal.

Don't even get me started on how much fun we had with assorted fillings when 2 liter plastic bottles first became available.

jeez, I'd have been tossed into gitmo at age 13 and left to rot.

I think the worst thing I ever did was, on saturday mornings, my dad said I had to turn off the TV at 10 AM.  But Johnny Quest didn't come on until noon.  So I headed across the street and 2 doors down to watch TV with Mike, who's parents didn't care about our TV viewing habits.
 
2014-08-29 08:10:40 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: CujoQuarrel: ========= TOTALLY OFF TOPIC ==========

FARK's commenting system hasn't been working right for me for a while

The quote button no longer works and I have to had edit the comments with HTML to make it readable (it puts everything in one paragraph ignoring the formatting)

is anyone else having this problem or know what's going on?

Reset your machine?


Are you sure your FARK is plugged in? Have you tried unplugging your FARK, then plugging it back in?
 
2014-08-29 08:15:17 PM  

ABQGOD: FFS

If it weren't for the tragic accident, you'd think that the girl with the Uzi was a liberal anti-gun plant.


Don't be so sure about that.
 
2014-08-29 08:24:54 PM  
Thank goodness prison and foster care are so much cheaper than a summer daycare program for the working poor.
 
2014-08-29 08:32:00 PM  

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: 1. Let kids play in the park. If something happens, deal with it then.

2. No need to panic about the gun range incident either. After this, gun ranges are quite likely to change their policies. But like the park issue, events are rare enough that it's better to deal with it if/when it happens.

3. That the woman in SC is a single black mother working at McD's is irrelevant. No one should be faced with those penalties.

4. It's also not some sort of call-to-arms about providing free daycare or additional services. Spending a few hours at the playground, riding your bike or playing at a friend's house are just fine.

5. Everyone chill the fark out and stop panicking and/or whining.


This. All of this.

You have made my favorites list, which is next to meaningless but hey, it's something.
 
2014-08-29 08:32:14 PM  

Fubegra: FFS, it seems like my entire childhood is illegal these days


I was thinking the exact same thing.  I used to spend the entire day outside wandering around parks, traipsing through the brush in empty lots, walking a mile or 3 to buy candy from the liquor store with no supervision for me and my friends.  Apparently my parents were completely irresponsible for letting me be a kid.
 
2014-08-29 08:35:20 PM  

Flint Ironstag: spman: SundaesChild: spman: Neither situation is really acceptable. You shouldn't be leaving your children alone at the playground all day, work or no work. Unless you live in the most dangerous ghetto project imaginable, 9 years old is probably reasonably old enough to be left at home by yourself, as long as your kids are smart enough not to open the door to strangers.

My mom used to drop us off at the public library or the public pool, weather depending, all day while she worked.  We survived it.

I'm not saying you wouldn't, but the library, the playground, or the pool aren't personal babysitting services. I'm sure this woman is the same type of person that would start screaming for a lawyer if her kid broke their arm while playing unsupervised all day. In a lot of cases, it's not about safety, but about liability.

Why would a nine year old need babysitting? At nine I walked to school and back, nearly a mile, by myself or took the bus by myself (not a school bus, just a regular bus) or cycled around town either by myself or with school friends.
I'd also be home alone frequently.
Why would a nine year old need babysitting during the day?


Same here. I remember walking or riding my bike to school by myself when I was in first grade.
 
2014-08-29 08:36:05 PM  

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: 3. That the woman in SC is a single black mother working at McD's is irrelevant. No one should be faced with those penalties.


I disagree with your first sentence and agree with your second.
It is relevant precisely because a single black mother in SC is so much more likely to be faced with those sorts of penalties that should never happen.
 
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