Thank goodness that kind of thing really didn't happen much in my old job(I no longer work retail). I feel sorry for kids whose parents use them in this manner, these kids are lucky if they don't grow up thinking scamming people is an acceptable thing to do.
how annoying for you and I feel horrible for the kids whose parents subject them to that. The parents should really be going with them to the counter have you every seen a kid spill half the food whilst trying to carrying it away from the counter by themselves?
Only EVERY DAY. GAH. Poor itty bitty toddlers can't hold a tray of popcorn steady and yet mom and dad insist that they carry it and then look so shocked when it ends up on the floor. I'm just like "Why you lookin' at me? You made him hold it."
I work at a grocery store that's within walking distance to some neighborhoods and apartment complexes, so we get kids sent on errands all the time. Except once in a while they get sent with food stamp cards, and I guess the parent neglects to tell them how it works. They either have no idea what a PIN number is, or don't know what they can get with it. I had two kids try to buy dog treats. And every time there's a problem, they just look at me.
It's always been on of my fears. You know, just going to the counter, with your stuff, then you realize you don't have enough money. Then the lady behind her register just gives you the look because she has to throw away your food because you were a dumbass and didn't realize that you had 10 bucks instead of 20. Then you start hearing the sighs of the people waiting in line behind you, because they know they're going to have to wait another 5 minutes.
I shudder at the thought. That's why I always make sure I at least have 10 dollars more than what it would be supposed to cost me, just so that if I fucked up, I still got a little extra. Though seriously, you could have told him to go get his parents to bring more money before he ran off. I know that when I was little, some cashiers would just be dicks and yell at me for forgetting about taxes and stuff. Bad experiences.
My pet peeve is parents who make their children order when they're too young to speak properly (missing baby teeth, etc). I had this one lady get really annoyed at me, because I couldn't understand her child. I can usually understand children speaking but this one was just impossible to understand. The lady was like, "HE SAID HE WANTS A HOT DOG WITH CHEESE." in a tone that implied it was so obvious that I must have something wrong with me if I didn't understand. I just said, "If you say so." and went to make it.
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I'd have had a staff member follow the kid straight to the parents and request they pay for their order or they'll be kicked out of the movie theater with no refund. It's just plain rude for parents to try to use their kid to get free stuff, and teaches the kid it's okay to mimic this behavior.
Not entirely related but I used to work at a fast food store when I was 15. I had to mop a bit of floor between the tables because some coke had spilt on it. I put one of those huge bright yellow "THIS IS A WET FLOOR MUTHAFUCKA" signs on it as per our obligation. 10 minutes I'm at the counter and my manager calls me in because some fuckass parent was letting their kid run around the crowded store inside instead of the playground and guess what - the kid slipped and fell and hurt their head. So it was my fucking fault it happened apparently. Sometimes I wish restaurants just operated on the laws of natural selection and companies were in no way liable for any sheer stupidity exercised by parents.
Oddly enough I never had kids try to pay for meals alone though, they were always supervised and even then the parents ordered it but the kid just handed over the money and got the change.
Similar situation happened at the store I used to work at. Some dumbass kid was climbing on a clothing fixture and fell, clipping their head on one of the shelves and causing said dumbass kid to bleed like a motherfucker everywhere. Just because it's a children's clothing section, it doesn't mean that it's a playground.
The yellow sign is there specifically to protect the company. If someone falls over a wet floor, but the sign was there, they can scream and shout all they want, they'll get no money from the restaurant.