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Grandpa Booted From Store's Kid Section ... Because He Is a Man- What do you think of this store's actions?

Posted by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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Grandpa Booted From Store's Kid Section ... Because He Is a Man

Posted by Jeanne Sager on June 4, 2012 

bookstorePicture this: you're standing in the children's section of a bookstore. You've got money. You've got books to buy. And then an employee tells you that you have to leave. The reason? The other customers are freaked out that you're a man.

It's a story a grandfather from Arizona is screaming from the rooftops this week. Omar Amin says he went to Barnes and Noble to buy books for his grandkids, and he got kicked out because he was a man. And a store spokesperson is defending the action.

So who's right?

In this case, based on information as presented, I side with Amin. We have no sign this grandfather was doing anything besides shopping for books for his grandkids or that his "crime" was anything other than being a male. If everything he says is true, it's a clear case of discrimination. I am sick and tired of the tired old "man around kids must be a pedophile" reaction. It's unfair to the millions of males in this world who wouldn't dream of such base and disgusting actions. And when you consider there are female pedophiles out there, it's far too simplistic.

And yet, if customers are approaching a store manager complaining about a person in the store who is giving them the willies, what's a store manager to do? It's a basic rule of business that the customer is always right ... right?

Well, nope, not at all. A manager could have 10 customers pitch a fit, claiming a breastfeeding mom is freaking them out because OMG, boobies. But the law (not to mention common sense) protects Mom and child from getting the boot. Or there could be a small but vocal contingent of skinheads in the store on any given day, moaning to management that they shouldn't allow a (insert slur for ethnic minority here) into their establishment. Again, the law and common sense trump "customer is always right."

The customer is always right is a nice motto, but it doesn't hold up when ethics are on the line. People, real people, have to come before old mantras.

What do you think of this store's actions?

by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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usmom3
by BJ on Jun. 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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 I think the best way they could have handled this was to have a store employee offer to assist the man with his search for books so he could get his shopping done & leave that section of the store in a timely manner.

Jenn8604
by Member on Jun. 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM
i agree.not every male is a pediphile seriously pple.

Quoting usmom3:

 I think the best way they could have handled this was to have a store employee offer to assist the man with his search for books so he could get his shopping done & leave that section of the store in a timely manner.

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black.eyeliner
by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM
That is ridiculous. My partner shops for books for the kids all the time. Tha is a gift in our family. The kids can't be with him when he picks gifts.
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bether89
by Bronze Member on Jun. 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM

 He has just as much right to shop there as anyone else. 

AmyG1976
by Member on Jun. 6, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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 I think THE BEST way for the store to handle it would be to tell the freaked out crazies to shop and leave quickly if they don't like him there.... He had just as much right to be there as they did surely though it was more than his penis they had a prob with what was the name again... racist sexist bastards... until someone tries to be raciest or sexist again those woman anyway...

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Jun. 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM
Jeez Louise! Was the guy hiding around shelves not looking at books but checking out the kids? It seems to me (hopefully) that there must be more to the story. I have a very hard time believing the store was kicking out a man who was truly looking at the merchandise. That would be weird and discriminatory. But if he was acting shifty then they were fully w/in their rights. I just have a very hard time believing the latter was the case.

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twyliatepeka
by Bronze Member on Jun. 6, 2012 at 8:37 PM

that is crazy. so now grandfathers can not go into book stores & buy children's books for their grand kids?!?!? great idea...NOT.

Precious333
by Julia on Jun. 6, 2012 at 8:42 PM
I bet nervous parent saw him with no kids and jumped to conclusions....unless Im missing a huge chunk of the story. Sad the conclusions we jump to.....but also we want to protect our kids. I tend to be too trusting I have to admit, but when it comes to my kids safety they are always by my side!
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KokoJones
by on Jun. 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

that is ridiculous, my father goes to buy books for my kids all the time... ridiculous... people are just ridiculous

sheramom4
by Member on Jun. 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Better let my DH know that his trips to Barnes and Noble to buy the kids books for Christmas and Birthdays are now restricted because he goes alone (it's his thing) and their grandfathers? They are in big trouble now! We are a book loving family and many of our male relatives buy the kids books as gifts.

I am tired of men being treated like criminals because they are men.

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