Re: My Son is Also a Customer, Barnes & Noble
by John M. - Posted Sun April 26, 2009 @ 3:30 AM
I have performed child predator investigations. One incident, a man went into stores like Borders, Toys R Us, and the mall with a hidden camera. In Borders bookstore, he approached an 11 year old girl who was sitting alone on the floor reading a book. The man first spoke to her about how his kids love that book. The man then progressed into a sexual converstaion with her and that was horrific. In Toys R Us, he would find little girls with dresses on walking only a short ways from their parents or even standing next to their parents. He would then prey on them and film up their dresses.
I don't believe the bookstore was belittling your parenting skills, the trust you have in your child, or attempting to call you out and embaress you. I would call their actions a community care-taking responsibility which we all share in protecting our young ones. Open your eyes to the evil in the world and thank the employee for helping to keep your child safe. It only takes a fraction of time while a person turns their back to buy a latte for someone to take that child - forever.