There are quite a number of Toy "R" Us stores in Singapore and often enough I get to see some unsightly scenes such as this:
I would not blame the lack of staff or store management. The fault clearly lies with the SHOPPERS! Although a toy store is for kids and kids would love to get their hands on toys and play with them, it is totally unacceptable to create a big mess like that in the photo.
So the fault lies with the kids right? No. The fault lies with the adult parents. Now I use the word "adult" parent because I want to emphasize on the responsibility of being an adult first. Many a times I see parents getting away with their kids behavior. Though kids misbehave at times, it is the responsibility of parents to correct the behavior of their children in public.
Some parents are simply not doing enough and some are over protective of the kid pride. Some parents even stand on their kids mistake to argue their way out. I have met a number of such parents. Shame on them. As much as parent are protective about their kids, they are robbing their kids a chance to realize their mistakes and the need to correct it. The issue here lies with the parent and it is their responsible for their children behavior. If they are not, who is?
Parenting issue aside, let's move on to the responsible adult. I was at another retail toy department the other day and I witnessed a mid forty year old man accidentally pushing the shopping cart into a shelf of Ben 10 toys. A civic minded person will stop his cart, pick up the toy and place it back to where it should be, but not this man. He kept pushing like he was day dreaming away. If that didn't get his attention, he would have known what happened when his leg kicked on the fallen toys on the floor. Now this should get him to pick it up since he did stop and look at the fallen toy? Instead, He look at it and carefully step over it! The two ladies with him witnessed the knocking and walking over the fallen toys and they kept mum about it. It is upsetting to see such irresponsible behavior.
Whatever it is, such action only shame themselves and one day they will reap the full aspect of that action.