11 Year-Old Detained By Lego Store For Walking Around By Himself

I swear to god, you couldn’t pay me to have kids now, or to be one. They have boring playgrounds with no swings and five-foot tall plastic slides that they’re not allowed to walk to by themselves, they don’t get to go trick-or-treating in the dark, they can’t be outside without parental supervision, and now they can’t even walk around the goddamned Lego store by themselves.

True story! Tadhg Dunlop, an 11 year-old kid, was detained by a Calgary Lego Store because he was walking around inside of it by himself.

Via CBC:

Doug Dunlop’s son, Tadhg (pronounced Tige), had $200 of his own money on Sunday and was looking to add to his vast Lego collection.

Dunlop says he bicycled most of the way to the mall with Tadhg, leaving him to shop at the Lego store. The two planned to meet later at the mall for lunch.

In the store, Tadhg was asked his age.

After he told the store manager he was 11½, a security guard was called and the boy was asked to stay in a certain area until his father arrived.

It turns out Lego has a rule that children under 12 should not be left unattended in its stores.

The boy had shopped at the store alone many times without incident, said his father, and had spent thousands of dollars there — he earned the money shovelling snow and babysitting.

Between this and all the ridiculousness about people calling the police over kids staying in the car while their mothers run errands, and that one dude who tried to sue his ex-wife because she took her kid to a Pink concert I am starting to think I was either very mature for my age growing up or that the world has gone insane.

I mean. When I was 11 I was definitely allowed to walk several miles to the White Hen Pantry to buy Crybaby gum balls. In fact, I was allowed to do this probably around the age of eight, with one of my friends. Definitely at age 12 our parents dropped us off at the movies and the mall–and this was before cell phones.

The thing is, child abductions by strangers are extremely, extremely rare. A child is actually way the hell more likely to be hurt or abducted by someone either in the family or known to the family than by a stranger. The “Stranger Danger” thing in the 80s and 90s was actually counterproductive because it made people think that what their kids had to fear was some mustachioed man in a van handing out candy, when the actual danger was largely going to be people they knew.

It’s not a store’s job to tell parents that their kid isn’t mature enough to be in a store by themselves. That is up to the parent, who probably knows their kid a lot better than they do.

Tags: kids, Parenting