Up the street from where I live we have a free water park that offers play area for kids, free meals, a food pantry and other social services. This is one of two that we have in our small town. Most of these services as funded through donations in our community. Today I took my son there for the kids lunch and to play in the water with some of his friends while I and another mother sat under a pavilion and talked as we do most days.
Today however, a church bus from a town twenty minutes away from us arrives with over 20 kids ranging from 7 to 16 years old. The free kids lunch that is offered to our community kids was also given to these kids from the other town. The other kids also played in the water and the jungle gym, even some of the adults were eating free meals and these were supposed to be for the kids only.
As my friend and I were sitting there, a woman from the church informed us that the pavilion was reserved for the church kids only and that we had to move. Not questioning her, we got up and moved our kids to the grass to eat as there were no free tabled now.
As we were sitting there a worker told us that they were working on bringing some chairs out and I asked why the Pavilion was reserved for the church when it has always been reserved for the day camp and kids meal time during this hour. Confused, he said that it was not reserved that it was a first come first serve situation. We were shocked and appalled that a woman who wasn't even from our town told us to move!
I noticed also that some of the other town kids were not allowing our kids to play on the jungle gym, they would push them out of the way and then climb up on it and play and our kids just kind of stood there and looked around like what should they do now. I ended up taking my son and leaving I was so angry.
What really makes me upset is that we have, as I said, 2 places that provides services for low income. This other town is much larger and has about 7 to 10 places they can go. The problem is that due to lack of support and donations those places have run out of food to serve and have cut off the free meals. Also, their local park and pool was closed down about 3 years ago because people were shooting up in the shower rooms, stealing from lockers, disrupting the place and having the police called. The pool was closed twice because people were defecating in the water and the last year it was opened, a 14 yr old girl was raped behind the skate park.
Now these people are coming here to our much smaller town, using our pool and out parks and now they appear to be using our food pantry and free meal programs! I thought that those things were only available to people who were residents of the town in which the services were offered. Now it looks as though they have used up their services and ruined their parks and are now bringing their kids here to use up our resources as well! Seriously, wtf??? I am so upset, this is not fair to our residents and our children. I don't want my kids going to a pool or water park where drugs and crime are likely to be introduced because of people who have no respect for our town or their own obviously, and are too ignorant to know how to act in a public picnic/pool/park area that is mostly for the kids!
Am I over reacting? Would you be upset over this too, or is this just how the world works?
It's a dirty rotten shame that a few bad apples have to ruin things for the rest of us.
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