Of­fer­ing lol­lies could be mis­con­strued

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AR­RIV­ING home from work just af­ter 7.15pm and well af­ter dusk on Hal­loween evening, I was con­fronted by two very young chil­dren on my front ve­randa ask­ing me if I would give them some lol­lies

Th­ese two chil­dren would be aged no more than three or four. Some­what sur­prised, I looked out to­wards the street and saw who I thought might have been the chil­dren’s par­ent or guardian.

I po­litely in­formed the chil­dren that I did not have any lol­lies and walked out and spoke to the adults.

I in­di­cated to them that I thought it was wrong of them to let the chil­dren ap­proach a com­plete stranger in dark­ness and ask for lol­lies.

Fur­ther, I told them that had I ap­proached the chil­dren whether it be in day­light or dark­ness of­fer­ing lol­lies… then all “hell would break loose with no doubt a visit by a mem­ber of the po­lice force”.

Why is it so that par­ents and guardians al­low their chil­dren (some very young) to go around knock­ing on com­plete strangers’ doors ask­ing for treats and lol­lies when, at any other times, it is al­most seen as a crime with one hav­ing to de­fend one­self if we were to be seen “of­fer­ing lol­lies”’ to the same chil­dren. Ken Lit­tle, Wil­let­ton.

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