Background Info for the story to help keep it short:
Went on a trip with my friend Andrea. We each have three kids. So that makes 6 kids to 2 adults. We were driving up through Texas and decided to make a fun stop in Dallas and spend the night and visit the Mall to let the kids play.
Okay, actual story:
This past Sunday Andrea and I loaded up our kids and left on a trip. We were pretty much a sideshow at every stop we made. 6 kids and one in a walker really makes quite an enjoyable show for on lookers. We all road in our first ever taxi ride to the Galleria Mall in Dallas Texas from the hotel we were staying in. (we heard they had an awesome play place...I was mistaken) Now if you havent been to the Galleria then you cant quite picture the ridiculous size of this mall. It's huge. So we load up the kids in stroller with Toby's walker hanging off the side and march ourselves to the 3rd floor play area. There were quite a few kids there (understatement) and we werent thrilled, but knew the kids were looking forward to this. I set Toby down in his walker and shockingly even with the noise he was good to go. This was a moment of triumph for us. All those kids and he wasnt scared or overwhelmed he just charged ahead. Andrea and I were blocking the exit (like any good parent would) and watched the babies climb around. We were commenting on how incredible Toby was doing. He had left his walker and was climbing on top of a big collection of plastic rocks (they were meant to be climbed on) I pushed his walker off a little but still right by the rocks and stayed close to Milo. I wanted Toby to have the security of it being near by. Within minutes Andrea walks over to me and says,...OKAY GET READY FOR THIS. "That man just took Toby's walker out of the play place." I was shocked. Another parent took it upon himself to pick up MY child's walker and remove it. Of course I did what any parent would do, I tossed my hips back and forth as I went over picked it back up and placed it right where it was. The sent a glare his direction. OKAY TAKE A DEEP BREATH.
Within minutes a security guard walks up to me. "Maam we are going to have to ask you to remove your child's walker." Are you kidding me??? Is this really happening in America?? In Dallas?? I argue, politely..no really. I didnt even yell. But he tells me I'm going to have to remove it. By this time a second security guard has now come up and tells me how he understand but i still have to remove it. By the time I am now tearing up, not crying, but for sure some tears. I am shocked, frustrated and feel totally overwhelmed. I remove his walker from the play area completely defeated. Feeling like I couldnt even defend my son's RIGHT to have his walker nearby him. I told them I wanted a number for a manager or something. That this was discrimination. Please tell me you agree?? The parents are sitting there, I mean close to 30 parents just sitting watching the whole thing. Watching me cry, watching me take the walker out and they just watch. I am humilated. Not one parent says anything to the guards. One dad walks up to me and lets me know how horrible it was, but still does nothing. We dont leave because Toby doesn't know what has happened and I dont want him to know. He stills climbing around happily. Minutes pass and finally the two security guards come back, walker in hand and set it down beside me and tell me it can NOW be in there but I have to stand guard it. I did as they asked, knowing that it still really wasnt made right. There was no apology, no, "we handle this wrong." All this drama because ONE Dad decided it was dangerous for my child's walker to be in the same place with his child!!! He lied and told the security guards that kids were falling and getting hurt on it. Not one child tripped or got hurt on it. One Dad and 2 security officers who obviously were not educated and had no understanding and/or compassion.
So the world's not perfect yet. People still dont understand, still arent fighting to protect our children's rights and things like this are still going on. Shocking isnt it?
Thanks for letting me share this with all of you
PS A friend reminded me to add this. My husband did make a phone call for me after the incident. The first manger or whoever he talked to was apologetic. The manager admited that they had survellience and NOT ONE CHILD was seen getting injured on the walker. My husband asked for one thing, for them to write an apology email to me. (yet to get one) After that phone call HE RECEIVED a phone call from someone from the mall, (not sure who he was, manger, or something) who had heard his first phone call and chewed my husband out. Was rude, unkind and tried to make my husband feel like an idiot for calling and complaining. The original guy then called back and reapologized!! Tell me this isnt just crazy!!