City Parks No Longer A Place To Picnic With The Kids?

  1. Here's a current event that needs to be expounded on for the sake of our precious kids:

    On yesterday's news, a warning was broadcast for parents to watch their children closely because of the crackdown and multiple arrests being made DAILY of men...both married and single...meeting at this famous park here for "the meeting of the parts"...get my drift?

    The latest "catch" was that of a priest who pastors a church here.
    WHAT is our world coming to people? Not enough hotels, motels, empty abandoned buildings to go have these "meetings of the parts" in these days?

    I practically grew up in that park! My family held our reunions there every single summer until my paternal gramma past, then they switched parks.

    I use to take my own kids to visit that park on occasion. Now...no way!

    Have you all heard of such a thing happening in parks near you?

    I'm telling ya...WATCH those kids! It just isn't safe to take your kids or let your kids go to parks anymore to play or sun or picnic. The shame of it all!

    And...YES...I did say MARRIED MEN are being arrested for having these "secret rendevous" with other men so their wives can't find out. Well.......looks like they just got BUSTED on the evening news. :chuckle
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 2, '03
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    While I do not feel it is my place to judge ppl for what they do with their private lives, I do, however wish that they WOULD do "whatever" PRIVATELY. Handholding and some kissing is refreshing and enjoyable to see, but blatant sexual acts IMO should be private. Kids see too much already.. get them away from the TV and take them out to the park...? Guess not, anymore. Sad.
  4. by   dreamon
    Thats really a careless thing for others to do, especially if they do that in the daytime??

    About married men getting caught with other men....maybe if society was more accepting of gay men, they could be open and honest with themselves (and others)....

    and not feel that they have to get married to women if it really isn't what they want.

    I am sure wired things happen in parks all over the country. Thankfully I don't go to them.
  5. by   jemb
    It's sad about the park(s).

    It's equally sad that parents have to be told to watch their kids.
  6. by   live4today
    I know.

    I had one of my little granddaughters with me a couple weekends ago, and while in the stores shopping I had her hand in mine and kept her placed right in front of me the entire time out. She kept asking me why I had to hold her hand and keep her close by all the time. Couldn't she just "go look at this or that, and it would only take a second...." I tried to explain to her as best I could (being she was just 7) that not all people who smile at you and talk nice or dress nice or look a certain way are what they appear to be to the naked eye.

    That shopping spree was only two days after I saw on the news where a man sexually assaulted an 11 year old girl in broad daylight right inside a TARGET store! The man had dressed himself in a store security outfit, and told the little girl that he saw her try to steal something and she needed to come with him to the store security office. He assaulted her all over the store, except it wasn't captured on the store's video tape because the video was NOT turned on!

    Talk about CURRENT events! It's not just what is happening "Politically" in our country and between other countries, but what is HAPPENING right under our noses to our own children! To me......this is a CURRENT as news can get!
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 3, '03
  7. by   Brownms46
    When I was in AZ there was a park, where the same thing was going on. In fact that was an activist group, who came out also to hand out condoms!! They rolled tape on a number of men caught out there, in compromising situations.
  8. by   live4today
    America America America! We are falling apart inch by inch by inch!
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Even Beverly Hills is not immune.
  10. by   live4today
    Beverly Hills has loooooooooong been wacked out of their minds!

    All I can say is Parents, keep your children closer than close today. Too much is happening right under parents noses or within inches and feet of them.

    I was in the groceries today shopping. There was a small boy about seven years of age who was trying to return three items to the shelves for his mother. He was struggling to hold the orange juice, a box of cereal, and some other product in his tiny arms. He ended up dropping them. I helped him return the juice to the shelf, and he went on his way. A few seconds later, his mother came around the corner looking for him. I told her where he disappeared to. She had another son with her (a little older than the other child). Can you imagine if I were NOT a nice lady that I could have snatched her son and taken him out the store in a new york second?

    MOMS.......watch your children for goodness sake!
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Beverly Hills has loooooooooong been wacked out of their minds!

    All I can say is Parents, keep your children closer than close today. Too much is happening right under parents noses or within inches and feet of them.

    I was in the groceries today shopping. There was a small boy about seven years of age who was trying to return three items to the shelves for his mother. He was struggling to hold the orange juice, a box of cereal, and some other product in his tiny arms. He ended up dropping them. I helped him return the juice to the shelf, and he went on his way. A few seconds later, his mother came around the corner looking for him. I told her where he disappeared to. She had another son with her (a little older than the other child). Can you imagine if I were NOT a nice lady that I could have snatched her son and taken him out the store in a new york second?

    MOMS.......watch your children for goodness sake!
    Absolutely! Proves you are a good Mom.

    My kids are in their 30s now but boy did they complain I overprotected them as kids.
    Even as teens. My son went to sleep over with a friend. I called and the other kids Dan told me they were bowling. I went to the bowling alley. There were girls (big surprise) and kids smoking at 16, bowling & eating burgers.
    My son was embarrassed but when (if?) he and his wife have kids he will understand.
    Younger kids don't mind. I always took them to the park unless it was an organized activity with supervision.

    I know a physician whose brother got involved with a gang at age 13. In & out of prison. The family kept him in classes, scouts, and the Boys and Girls Club. He was taken to parks and the library by hi grandfather. His is the first in his family to graduate high school and is a family practice doctor now.

    When I was a kid we had to be where we could hear our Mom yell.
    Now they could be in trouble or worse within earshot of a parent.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Aug 8, '03
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    .............When I was a kid we had to be where we could hear our Mom yell. Now they could be in trouble or worse within earshot of a parent.
    Same here, spacenurse. If our parents yelled out the door for us to come in, and we didn't come, our hides were in a painful fix once we got in the house. It only took one whoopin' in my lifetime from my mother to straighten me out. :chuckle

    SOME kids today take off and go wherever they feel like it in spite of what their parents may say. And, SOME parents are just tooooooooo trusting, or just don't believe anything bad will happen to their kids. Those "good old days" are gone folks. Kids are a HOT commodity today, and they are known to disappear without a trace, so WATCH THEM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!
  13. by   Brownms46
    I'm still confused and bewildered when I see parents, allowing their children to run around a store unaccompanied! Even on the ferry, they run around, and their parents allow them to do so, at the chagrin of their fellow passengers. It boogles the mind...
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    The name Adam Walsh must not ring many bells out there----


    Even though his dad has one of the highest rate Crime TV shows in the history of American TV.

    He was only alone ONE minute in a store when he was abducted, murdered, his headless body found later in the woods....

    hmmmph.

    My 11 year old complains LONG AND LOUD about how strict we are. Don't care. Two class mates of mine were murdered by mass murderer John Wayne Gacy. My innocence regarding what people can and will do to perfect strangers was shattered at age 14,years and years ago. I have never forgotten and it carries into my parenting.

    Can't do too much to protect those kids. It only takes a minute for a life to forever be changed....

    And people doing that in public parks need to go to jail, period. It's disgusting and plain wrong. I should be able to use a city park w/o worry of being exposed to lewd behavior when a motel room can be rented practically by the hour in any city or town in the USA!!!!!!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 8, '03

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