Ok this is a rant but steam is coming out of my ears.
We went to the Easter egg hunt in the park this morning. It's a free thing for the kids organised by volunteers. Usually it is a very well organised affair with only one or two "spoilers" The last few years I noticed a few parents "pushing" their kids to get the eggs and encouraging them to take advantage if a kid drops some.
I think part of the problem is that some eggs have big prizes in them like bikes.(a winning ticket, not the bike itself)
The only rule is that the KIDS do the hunt not the parents and the age groups are set up into different areas so big kids don't bully the little ones.
This year the siren went off and it was like the scene from the movie jaws when some parents disregarded the rules and ran collecting up the eggs, the all hell broke out as others followed. We even saw some kids being knocked over. My daughters were terrified.
I have never seen such bad behaviour, I expect kids to misbehave, that's their job but this took the cake.
Then on the rides parents sat by watching their kids push other kids out of the way in the queue. Eventually the park staff had to just stop the rides.
It wasn't because it was badly organised, every year up to this year it has been an amazing example of community spirit. This year it was hijacked by thugs.
It angers me when I see parents on the news complaining about pop singers or sports personalities not being angels when they are supposed to be role models..... It's easy to see why so many kids get in trouble when they grow up.....Parents are the biggest role models.
We won't attend next year if we are still in this town..... That's if the event ever take place again after this shameful display.