So we were at hobby lobby today and I was checking out. Usually my daughter sits in the stroller and plays with things I've brought, enjoys her drink and so on. She was not wiggling to get out and so I let her stand next to me while I was checking out. She motioned towards the measuring tapes, I told her okay be gentle. She's almost 2 to give you an idea on age. I figured if it was keeping her quiet and she was being gentle what is the harm? These were the non metal measuring tape (yes this could be dangerous if she pulled them all the way out, but I am watching her as she's using it) she is seriously only pulling it out 1-2 inches and then pressing the button so the tape would go back in. Mind you, she is being careful/gentle. So the register lady asks me "who is playing with that?" I told her my daughter was looking at it, she asks if I am going to buy it. I tell her no my daughters just looking at it. She goes on to tell me it's not a toy she can't be playing with it. At this point I'm a little annoyed because of the tone she is using with me and the fact that my daughter while yes she's young, she is looking at it and being very gentle with it. I just hate the whole they're X age so they get treated this certain way. If she's being gentle I just don't see the big deal? So I tell her she's being gentle with it. S\ She goes on to tell me to take it away from her, that she could break it. I tell her I will buy it if it breaks. What is the big deal I am thinking at this point? I mean seriously, it is a 2.00 measuring tape and shes being GENTLE with it! I think it was a power trip this woman was having or maybe she was having a bad day. At this point I'm thinking whatever. Now notice how long this story is getting, she could have just hurried and checked me out. So I have my daughter put it down. Yeah right, more like I had to take it away because she was enjoying herself, she starts to cry and sob. I feel AWFUL. I mean she wasn't doing anything wrong! I do not let her play with everything in the store and I make it a point that we don't really touch things we're not going to buy(not a concept I tell her but something I have in my head) I mean she just doesnt touch everything while were in stores, so this was like a major treat for her to look at it. If she was pulling the dang tape all the way out or making a mess I could maybe understand being asked not to "Play" with it. I have never had anyone aproach me like this and I just felt horrible. After we left and got to the car my daughter was still sobbing and we spent about 10 minutes in the parking lot, her standing on the seat, in the car. She was soooo upset. I still feel so upset. I usually shop at hobbylobby atleast once a week! Sometimes twice! I do not think I am ever going back. I understand children shouldn't be playing with everything, but this is such a rare thing for her to touch things, and she was being SOOO gentle, and I don't really think she was "playing with " she was more or less looking at it. Beause of her age I guess that's not allowed? I thought maybe her meltdown was just her being tired but I know it was genuine because when we got home she went right to the kitchen drawer and got our measuring tape out and played with it for a good hour. She usually never plays with it, and the fact that she remembered where I kept it. ughh what a bad morning, sorry this is so long.