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Childless Adults In Park To Be Interrogated 15

Every time I start feeling bad about crazy overreaching laws here in the US, the UK does something that makes me even sadder. Park wardens at the Telford Town Park in Shropshire, have been ordered to stop and interrogate anyone who is not accompanied by children. Visitors who can't explain their childless presence in the park risk being thrown out or reported to police. Former childcare social worker John Evans said: "It is authoritarian madness which can only be based on ignorance. It is absurd, it is insulting and it is dangerous as it panics people about the dangers their children face." I envision a new black market rent-a-kid service designed for an unmolested park experience.


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Childless Adults In Park To Be Interrogated

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  • The policy came to light after two environmental campaigners dressed as penguins were thrown out of the park last month when caught handing out leaflets on climate change.

    Telford and Wrekin Council said Rachel Whittaker and Neil Donaldson were ejected because they had not undergone Criminal Records Bureau checks or risk assessments before entering the park - a requirement under the Child Protection Act

    For all our faults (TSA, Gitmo, customs laptop inspections, ...), at least over here a story like this wou

  • by Luyseyal ( 3154 ) <(swaters) (at) (> on Wednesday September 10, 2008 @04:18PM (#24951689) Homepage

    Yeah, even though I have a wife and kids, every now and then I get a chance to go to the pool alone. As a male, let me tell you you get some weird looks just hanging out by yourself there.

    Very Irritating.

    • Before I was married I vacationed at Disney World a few times alone and experienced a bit of this at the water parks. Actually, maybe more than a bit - I truly have no idea, since I wouldn't have been wearing my glasses most of the time.

      What is the right answer to "why are you at the park" anyhow? I would stammer and say something brilliant like "Huh? I don't understand, it's the park, I'm at the park because it's nice out and I felt like going to the park and wandering around."

  • Now it has become the choice between having a nagging wife (until the life insurance probationary period expires) and little bloodsucking leukemia magnets (until the last one gets his/her bachelor's degree) just to use a public facility without harassment and having (gasp) no debts and disposable income and being tossed out as a presumed paedophile.

    A wagging bony digit points to all of us from Mr. Orwell's grave for the Magna Carta has become nothing but a loo roll.

  • I'm confused -- why is this on Idle? Shouldn't it be YRO, or politics, or something?

  • Well its Shropshire innit! It's not like we have many parks in England with wardens anyway....
  • Single, childless men (especially past a certain age) have always been viewed with some degree of suspicion. People tend to think you are either gay ("not that there's anything wrong with that"), a pedo, or some other variety of fill-in-the-blank weirdo. At best, you are written off as pathetic, worthless, or selfish.

    Example: in many U.S. states, if you are a single, childless man, and happen to be poor, just try and get benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, etc. In many cases, you can't -- they reserve thos

  • Child predators usually operate alone, and the park folks think that any adult who goes to the park without a child is a predator??

    How stupid is that, kind sirs?

    So in order to enjoy fresh breeze in the park, I have to drag my kids along each time? Crazy!!

  • If this is some crackdown on child molesters then maybe the authorities should spend their time making sure they don't live by a god damn park! What a bunch of bullocks. So if I go to the park to enjoy the sound of the birds, I have to be accompanied by an annoying and loud child? Or I get "Jack Bauer'd"? Yeah baby, knee cap me...mmmmm yeah!
  • is to just grab a random kid.

    • Adult: I will give you a piece of candy to come with me.
      Child: Whaddya gonna do to me mister?
      Adult: I'm gonna walk you through the park... yea... nice and slow...
  • "unmolested park experience"

    Word choice FTW.

I've got a bad feeling about this.