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Post by Kristal on Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:04 am

I've started naming the observed methods of avoidance parents use at trade shows/fairs/festivals! It keeps me amused, anyway, and I thought I'd share Razz

The Body Block - where the parent cleverly puts him/herself in between their child(ren) and your booth, thereby effectively blocking the fun things they know their child would want, out of view.

The Drag By - holding their child firmly by the hand/backpack leash and pulling them past your booth, deaf to cries of "I want to go there!" and eyes firmly set on a booth with no balloons or sparkles.

The U-Turn - most effectively done with a stroller, or when their little one is perched on top of shoulders, the adult sees you, and promptly turns, choosing a different route.

The Side Shuffle - whether they are pretending, or genuinely interested in the booth opposite, it seems far safer to walk sideways facing the other booth and hope that their child won't have the presence of mind to turn around, than it would be to walk straight down the hall.

The Empty Promise - "We'll come back later."

Anyone have any others?!
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Post by Fabtastic on Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:31 am

Hahahahaha - too funny!!!! Razz

I was noticing these methods myself on the weekend - and it really baffled me since I was painting for FREE!

There's also The Bribe: "We don't have time right now. How about a donut instead?"
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Post by Guest on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:18 am

"We don;t have time for that rightnow."

If you running low on time, why the heck are you at a trade show in the first place? Most people plan these things and set aside time as an afternoon or morning outting. DUH!!

I love the....

"Oh no! Why would I waste money on something like that? And then immediately walk over to the candy stand and purchase $100 worth of junk. While they are hoarding the candy stand, that said child is still looking back at you while mom is drooling over all the junk food she is buying.

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Post by facefantasy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:20 am

LOL, don't you just love it! Too Funny!
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Post by aprilmoonflower on Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:04 am

hehehe!
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Post by Sam on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:06 am

I always think it's ironic when a mom tells her child "you don't want all that stuff on your face" when she's hairsprayed, perfumed and made up to the hilt!!
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Post by BluAngL83 on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:48 am

The compromise: Its your choice you can spend $10 here or buy $10 worth of tickets play games and get on the rides. Which is it gonna be?
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Post by Metina on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:53 am

This is funny! Great topic!

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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:32 am

LOL! Krystal this is funny!

It's free at the other booth... so what if it's acrylic & looks like garbage & the kids can tell.

It'll give you a rash/make you break out... they must have done the acrylic booth last year... sigh
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Post by Beyond Visuals on Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:38 pm

I like "Would you rather eat or get your face painted?" or "You can either ride the rides or get your face painted?" You can't really compare the two.
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Re: Methods of Avoidance

Post by LisaJoyYoung on Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:11 pm

This is great! Another one is, "Mommy can do that for you at home." Ummm... I'm pretty sure you can't, and I'm pretty sure you won't!
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:28 pm

My personal favorite is the parents outright lying to the kids and saying they are all out of money.... Dude, it's 10am! What, did you just show up broke?? How are you planning on FEEDING these kids today?! Rolling Eyes

there's also the excuse "if we have to go somewhere after this, you're not going to have that stuff all over your face!" ... Um, I paint arms too!

and finally: "It'll get all over your pillow tonight and then I'll have to wash it!" ....What? You don't BATHE your kid!?
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Post by LoneWolf on Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:41 pm

"no, you are going to a birthday party after" What? Are they afraid the other children will be so jealous that they will bully the kid??? A funeral I can understand. Maybe a wedding (but then a arm thing would be okay), but a birthday??
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Re: Methods of Avoidance

Post by Kristal on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:11 pm

I love these Very Happy

You know, in general I like the concept of "The Compromise" - teaches them how to manage money/save for what they want etc. But for a special occasion? Bend the rules!

The rash thing is when I bust out a, "those were probably acrylics"! - educate!

My favourite is when they pull the "Mommy can do that for you at home" and their kid says, "NO you CAN'T! Not like this!" Bahaha - kid, you just won extra glitter!

Also the "Oh, you already have a balloon at home" - and you know they're referring to a regular round balloon that's probably already half shriveled Very Happy

LOL @ The birthday party/bathing comments!

Re: having no money - okay, a trade show I understand most vendors take credit card - but you seriously don't have $5? I pay for virtually everything on CC, but I always have some cash, just in case!

I also like, "No, you're just going to wash it off/mess it up/pop it" - so I shouldn't bother changing out of my pj's to leave the house, because I'm just going to get back into them when I get home, right?
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Post by Kristal on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:14 pm

Oh, and I had a woman come up to me: "Are you painting kid's faces?"

"I'm painting anyone's faces!"

"Great - my kids are watching the cooking show and they're SO bored!"

She gets them, I direct them to the board and she goes, "Oh. It costs money (as opposed to costing babies, or artichoke hearts or something?)." And they leave.

Guess what, lady? Now they're bored, AND they're upset they're not getting painted!
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Post by Gretchen on Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:25 pm

Ha ha ha...my mom and I actually make a list of people's excuses every year at the county fair we do.

"It'll just melt off." - Um, the paints are water based, not ice cream based, people.

"I'm not wasting $3 for something that will wash off." - Uh, well, you just paid $6 for cheese curds that you are going to flush down the toilet later, didn't you?!

"Maybe later." - What they really mean: "let's see if I can distract you long enough with something else to get you to forget about face painting."

"I don't have any money left. Let's go get some food." Hmmm...FREE food?!
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Post by facefantasy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:45 pm

Yes! Not quite sure why they think its FREE, but many do!
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Post by Guest on Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:47 pm

I'm just setting up, ready to paint, no line... mom drags kids away saying, we'll come back later... yeah, when the line is 2 hours long?? Liar, Liar!

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Post by Tash on Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:54 pm

lol - good thread - made me smile......
I get a lot of "How much is the face painting" ( ignoring the very obvious sign)
Me( stopping painting ) "$5"
Lady- "HOW much?" (Like she can't believe it)
me - "FIVE DOLLARS" ( like she's deaf)
Lady ( to the kids now) " Oh I don't know kids the lady says it's VERY expensive".
me - " no I didn't I said it was five bucks - but please yourself - sorry kids"

****I have had this scenario happen about 5 times this month.
I used to say nothing and just point to the sign but after a lot of parents thinking it's ok to speak to their children in a rediculously loud voice so they can make their point to me - I discovered they go instantly quiet when answered back.
Like to the kids at the back of the line the mum goes at the top of her voice - "Oh come on kids this is going to take FAR TOO LONG - they are badly organised and I don't have all afternoon"
So I say ( as I'm still painting) " It doesn't matter how loud you get, it takes as long as it takes, and everyone else is waiting patiently"
Then the other parents in line - shoot the lady filthy looks and agree with me quietly saying "how rude is that lady - you're doing the best you can".
And the mood is instantly lightened.
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Post by Daizy on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:14 pm

Love them all... or should I say hate them all Wink

Love your come backs Tash!!
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:19 pm

Ugh, rude parents are the WORST. I finally had to make a sign that reads "I will only paint polite and patient children with parents who are the same." It seemed to help.
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:30 pm

LOL! Great line Punky!
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:04 am

That sign started out as just addressing rude children, but then I got a really witchy mom at a festival once and I just wanted to kick her out of my booth, but I have a hard time actually doing that, so I went home and changed the sign that night.
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Post by Kristal on Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:01 am

I might have to add something in about parents, haha.

My signs right now say "This is a GOOD MANNERS zone!" which I believe I got from...Ashley Pickin?

And I'm all for telling them off - in a professional way, of course. If you don't stand up for yourself, who will?

Funny how many adults won't think twice about a $7 glass of wine, but won't spend $5 to make their kids happy...
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Post by LoneWolf on Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:34 am

It is also funny to see their faces trying to make another excuse after they have been telling their children it is too expensive and then find out it is free *lol*
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