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You cannot under any circumstances smile back. Is this now true?
but you can text them your address
But I think I'd be a little scared to, yes.
I'm not sure on correct etiquette in these circumstances and look forward to the advice on this thread.
On a side note a small toddler got attached to me the other week in a charity shop as I was buying a load of cuddly toys. He started calling me "Daddy" and tried to follow me out the shop.
It was both sweet and awkward.
I actually make a point of it. Because I long to cause a scene with some over-protective parent when all I've done is brightened up my day and smiled at a happy child.
YES I'M A PAEDO
In my head I have this argument every time this happens. In reality, most people are sound.
I also always smile at their mum. spesh if she's a hottie.
then carry the smile onto their hot mom
hot mom = smile at brat
I kill me, I really do.
until they dissolve into uncontrollable laughter or suspicious smiling, at least.
Some people are just nice!
Me sitting on tram. Little girl is jumping back and forth on the step whilst singing a song. I laugh (it WAS funny). Girl's mother hurtles down tram and bollocks her kid for talking to strangers - "You don't know him, he might be a nasty man! [looks at me] No offence."
whilst making masturbation sounds.
So I can see her point in this case.
you should definitely teach your kids to be fearful of absolutely everyone they ever meet. that's a sure way of getting them to grow up happy.
.... you don't have kids, or maybe you do, but it's hard to get happy little kids to be aware of thier surroundings and be safety conscious.
before i was a dad, i would have said "oh, the odds are tiny" and all that, but once youre a dad, you have to consciously not decsend into daily mail state of mind and any odds however small are unacceptable.
all that said, i would have not said that to the kid if they hadnt actually been flirting with you, and not in front of you (the nasty man).
and i shoudl say when it happens to me, i do peepo, coz all kids love that without fail. repeat ALL.
.. saw a little arabian looking foreign kid use a guys' groin as a handle when climbing off a train the other day. the guy just looked destroyed but the mother didnt seem to care. dirty arabs.
it's a reminder of the amazing naivity and wonderment of childhood and should be encouraged.
I always smile or wave.
when a kid is playing soldiers. Great fun :D
i did this on a train once and some guy sat near me tutted and made disapproving noises! i nearly throttled the bitter life out of him.
or make a silly face at them when they look at me. Any parent who takes exception to it is a prat.
When we were kids my Dad took us to the park. He was hiding behind trees and jumping out at us whilst shouting 'Boo!'. This caused me and my sisters to run around giggling and screaming with childish delight.
Then someone called the police on him.
this is jas's story really but *looks around* she doesn't seem to be here so...
her dad was once taking her brothers to a little island in the river at hammersmith, it was a hot day so they had taken their shirts off.
someone called the police on him thinking he was a paedo leading two little boys up to a sheltered island...
and shouted through one of those loud cone things and people on the bank staaaaaaared.
that is a funny story.
that's what I do. Paedos don't make faces.
This reminds me of a story I heard on the news a while back. The parents of children living in an area had grouped together and decided to take it in turns, wearing high visibility jackets, watching all their kids play in the park,m in order to protect them from th ever present paedophilic menace.
Another group of local parents objected, not because they thought it was pointless but because they susupected the "parents" might be paedophiles using the scheme in order to LOOK AT THEIR KIDS!!!
... this sort of thinking only becomes evern remotely conceivable once you have kids.
but even i can see this takes it too far.
was really good:
depressing that men even have to ask themselves this?
Why do people just presume a man is a paedophile if he's being friendly with a little kid?
AND NO, 'being friendly' is not a euphemism for 'having sex'.
Once I saw a little boy who was about nine practically weeping on the metro, and everybody around him ignored him. So I walked down from the end of the carriage and sat with him and took him home.
This story - pretty irrelevant considering I'm not a man? Yep.
Exactly. If that had happened to me, that kid would still be crying his eyes out on the tube now. I ain't going to jail for some stupid kid. I already look like a paedophile...
been in a situation where smiling has made things worse. There was a little girl in a queue i was also in. I was pretty angry at something i cant remember but she thought i was scowling at her, so she stopped talking and looked really scared. I felt bad, so when i passed her again, trying to show her that being young and excited is not something to be ashamed of, i smiled at her, then she was really scared, hididng behind her mum thinking i was a paedophile. Ive been put off ever since.
i think this applies more to men who are about 25 plus but fair enough. kids look at me funny sometimes because of my hair/jeans. i just pull a funny face.
and my hairs quite big.
things had got quite so bad that it's questionable to even smile at a laughing kid.
this makes me very sad :(
i just whisper into their ear that ive got a lovely puppy at home that they can stroke. works a treat EVERY time. wink wink.
If someone smiles at me, I smile back.
I presume you were joking.