I went to a small toy store today, that is actually quite large, but nothing like those big chain toys stores, and I was scolded repeatedly by the worker there (quite possibly she could be owner. It was just her there.) I can't figure out if I did something wrong, or if she just had a problem.
The store looks like a really large house, with "rooms" and everything, but no doors separating the rooms. Very "open concept" but with lots of medium high bookshelves (to my shoulder, I am 5'5") and its almost maze-like when you walk around. There are many over sized super comfy chairs, a train table with many trains, lots of stuffies and vines and model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, and MANY toys, none in boxes, on the floor and resting on shelves.
I met up with a friend there specifically to do some Christmas shopping. Not to meet up and play, but to buy toys for five specific kids that I needed to buy things for. I have a 2yr old and a 16m old, she has a 18m old. All boys. The boys were beyond calm, which I didn't expect, but this worker was so upset that they were touching toys. Not playing with the toys (except for the train table, which WAS there so they could play) I looked around that particular section a bit, the boys played on the train table, I was chatting with my friend, and when I couldnt find anything, I took the boys to another section. This section had a ball on the floor. My ds2 picked up the ball while my ds1 picked up a dinosaur egg that I was intending to buy (I told him we would get him one before we went there.)
(EDIT: ^^ I think I was thinking too fast for me to type. This paragraph sounds jumbled. I meant to say there weren't playing with the toys, just slightly touching it on the shelves/floor, then moving on to each other, or me, or their friend...)
While I was in this one spot, with my friend not too far behind, looking for things for herself and looking after her ds, this lady kept running back and forth, saying not to touch the toys, dont play with the toys, this is a STORE, not a play area, this isnt a Mommy and Me class. She said Mommy and Me three times to us, while we were infront of the dinosaur section for just a minute or two. My boys touched 1) The dinosaur egg that we were going to buy, and did buy and 2) the ball on the floor. I touched more things than they did but because I was looking for a present.
She even offered me a stroller so they wouldn't "touch" things which at that point the boys were hugging my legs because this stranger was using a stern voice towards us so they weren't touching a thing.
A whole other incident happened at check out when there was a big inflatable hamster ball thing that the boys all wanted to get into. The lady said it was fine if they took off their shoes, which they did. But once they got in there, they could only read, not play. It's not THAT kind of store, she said.
Now, I don't think my boys did anything wrong but do people expect toddlers to literally not touch a thing in a toy store? Or to ONLY touch the train table.
Im just really pissed. She told me she had a table were they could touch the toys (didn't say train table) so I went to the nearest table with open toys and she pounced on us and said, "THOSE aren't touchable!"
Edited by CherryBombMama - 12/22/11 at 2:04pm