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santonucci
08-10-2006, 08:31 AM
So here I am, father of 4 very well behaved kids (ok, 2 are infants, but they will be...) at the Beach Club. My son is 8, and getting to be old enough to start being a solo act, but my daughter is a 5 year old tag-along.

I've been letting them go up to the Pirate slide at the Beach Club by themselves (ever since I gained the confidence that she wouldn't chicken out). But I am also a big kid, and occasionally join them.

On the walk over (no running, please) I noticed there was a group of boys (10-12 years old?) coming up behind us. There is a very clear spot where the path becomes a single lane, and to get past someone, you'd almost have to push them. One boy passed us, but his friends got stuck behind my daughter and I, who were holding hands.

When we got to the top of the slide, one of the boys from behind says:

"Excuse me, I'm trying to get up to my friend in front of you."

"Not going to happen.", I reply. I can tell this is the first time an adult has ever corrected him.

The boy from the front of us says, "But he's my best friend in the whole world and I'm going to let him cut me..."

"But I'm not going to let him cut my daughter and me. If you'd like to ride with him, you can move behind me." (The line was taking about 1 minute at this point of the day, and sliders were leaving every 15 seconds.)

"Well, I'm going to let him..."

My patience ends. "No you are not going to let him", I reply in a very firm tone. "You pushed your way past my daughter and me coming up the path and your buddies tried everything they could to push past us on the stairs. Is this 30 seconds of your life so important that you'd knock over a 5 year old girl? You guys are old enough to know this, and if your not, here's your lesson. Now you can either go, or move behind me, but he's not cutting."

Sheepishly, the boy looking down at his feet, quietly moved behind me. The lifeguard smiled at me, as did the rest of the line. The rest of the time they were in the pool, the boys walked a little slower, and I didn't see them cut anyone again.

Steve

stinkerbelle's mom
08-10-2006, 08:33 AM
So here I am, father of 4 very well behaved kids (ok, 2 are infants, but they will be...) at the Beach Club. My son is 8, and getting to be old enough to start being a solo act, but my daughter is a 5 year old tag-along.

I've been letting them go up to the Pirate slide at the Beach Club by themselves (ever since I gained the confidence that she wouldn't chicken out). But I am also a big kid, and occasionally join them.

On the walk over (no running, please) I noticed there was a group of boys (10-12 years old?) coming up behind us. There is a very clear spot where the path becomes a single lane, and to get past someone, you'd almost have to push them. One boy passed us, but his friends got stuck behind my daughter and I, who were holding hands.

When we got to the top of the slide, one of the boys from behind says:

"Excuse me, I'm trying to get up to my friend in front of you."

"Not going to happen.", I reply. I can tell this is the first time an adult has ever corrected him.

The boy from the front of us says, "But he's my best friend in the whole world and I'm going to let him cut me..."

"But I'm not going to let him cut my daughter and me. If you'd like to ride with him, you can move behind me." (The line was taking about 1 minute at this point of the day, and sliders were leaving every 15 seconds.)

"Well, I'm going to let him..."

My patience ends. "No you are not going to let him", I reply in a very firm tone. "You pushed your way past my daughter and me coming up the path and your buddies tried everything they could to push past us on the stairs. Is this 30 seconds of your life so important that you'd knock over a 5 year old girl? You guys are old enough to know this, and if your not, here's your lesson. Now you can either go, or move behind me, but he's not cutting."

Sheepishly, the boy looking down at his feet, quietly moved behind me. The lifeguard smiled at me, as did the rest of the line. The rest of the time they were in the pool, the boys walked a little slower, and I didn't see them cut anyone again.

Steve


Good for you! I hate when that kind of things happen! :banana: :Pinkbounc :woohoo: :yay: :bounce:

pixie dust 112
08-10-2006, 08:34 AM
:thumbsup2

pklein09
08-10-2006, 08:39 AM
Good for you! I'm also glad the boys listened instead of becoming more obnoxious.

2nd childhood
08-10-2006, 08:42 AM
Lesson learned.:thumbsup2

Gabkatt
08-10-2006, 10:08 AM
Thats Awesome!!! :thumbsup2 Way to redirect the kid when he tried to fast talk you! Good Lesson!

SleepingBeautyDreamr
08-10-2006, 12:03 PM
So here I am, father of 4 very well behaved kids (ok, 2 are infants, but they will be...) at the Beach Club. My son is 8, and getting to be old enough to start being a solo act, but my daughter is a 5 year old tag-along.

I've been letting them go up to the Pirate slide at the Beach Club by themselves (ever since I gained the confidence that she wouldn't chicken out). But I am also a big kid, and occasionally join them.

On the walk over (no running, please) I noticed there was a group of boys (10-12 years old?) coming up behind us. There is a very clear spot where the path becomes a single lane, and to get past someone, you'd almost have to push them. One boy passed us, but his friends got stuck behind my daughter and I, who were holding hands.

When we got to the top of the slide, one of the boys from behind says:

"Excuse me, I'm trying to get up to my friend in front of you."

"Not going to happen.", I reply. I can tell this is the first time an adult has ever corrected him.

The boy from the front of us says, "But he's my best friend in the whole world and I'm going to let him cut me..."

"But I'm not going to let him cut my daughter and me. If you'd like to ride with him, you can move behind me." (The line was taking about 1 minute at this point of the day, and sliders were leaving every 15 seconds.)

"Well, I'm going to let him..."

My patience ends. "No you are not going to let him", I reply in a very firm tone. "You pushed your way past my daughter and me coming up the path and your buddies tried everything they could to push past us on the stairs. Is this 30 seconds of your life so important that you'd knock over a 5 year old girl? You guys are old enough to know this, and if your not, here's your lesson. Now you can either go, or move behind me, but he's not cutting."

Sheepishly, the boy looking down at his feet, quietly moved behind me. The lifeguard smiled at me, as did the rest of the line. The rest of the time they were in the pool, the boys walked a little slower, and I didn't see them cut anyone again.

Steve
Bravo Bravo. I wish more people were like you :thumbsup2 :cool1:

TinkNH
08-10-2006, 12:06 PM
Yay! and no wonder you have well behaved children! :cool1:

santonucci
08-10-2006, 12:23 PM
So we're standing in line today at Summit Plummet ski-lift, and the guy behind me is carrying on a conversation with his daughters, who are at least 10 people in front of us. I'm waiting for him to try to cut the line, but he's perfectly content screaming up ahead to them.

Finally, I've had enough. I turned and said sternly, "Could you PLEASE stop screaming in my ear."

He's very startled, and responds "Oh, I'm so sorry." but has the look like he's going to do it again anyway...

So I cut him off with "your sorry but you're going to do it again anyway aren't you?"

To which he sheepishly replies "No.", looking at his feet.

I'm not sure what gets into people at WDW, but I'm happy to take it back out of them...

Steve

Tosie
08-10-2006, 12:47 PM
I love Steve!

hrh_disney_queen
08-10-2006, 02:34 PM
I'm not sure what gets into people at WDW, but I'm happy to take it back out of them...

Steve


In my next battle of wits, I want Steve on my side!!! Steve, you are my hero, especially with the incident with the boys.... :love:

I wonder if it ever even occured to the boy in front to just go back and join his rude friends in back of you, instead of hauling all of them up to his position. People think if one person gets there, that holds the line for everyone else who is with them....a quarter mile back...and apparantly it starts at a young age... :confused3

Way to go, Steve!

Simba22
08-10-2006, 02:35 PM
that was awesome! It's just such a shame that their own parents didn't teach them this lesson a little earlier in life :sad2:

ssleblanc
08-10-2006, 02:50 PM
I love Steve!

:banana: Me too!!

I have to agree with hrh_disney_queen, Steve is my hero! I can't tell you how many times I've WANTED to say something like that - and didn't have the courage (I DO have that courage with my own kids - I won't allow that sort of behavior, but I just mutter under my breath when the kid belongs to someone else.)

pixie dust 112
08-10-2006, 03:25 PM
So we're standing in line today at Summit Plummet ski-lift, and the guy behind me is carrying on a conversation with his daughters, who are at least 10 people in front of us. I'm waiting for him to try to cut the line, but he's perfectly content screaming up ahead to them.

Finally, I've had enough. I turned and said sternly, "Could you PLEASE stop screaming in my ear."

He's very startled, and responds "Oh, I'm so sorry." but has the look like he's going to do it again anyway...

So I cut him off with "your sorry but you're going to do it again anyway aren't you?"

To which he sheepishly replies "No.", looking at his feet.

I'm not sure what gets into people at WDW, but I'm happy to take it back out of them...

Steve

On behalf of all well behaved DISers.... Thank You!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: