Saturday, April 2, 2011
At the Tractor Supply
A little boy comes into the store regularly with his mother to buy a Schleich animal. It is always a very long process to pick his animal. His mother will show him a toy and say "What about this?" He is very spoiled, very loud, very obnoxious. He stands nose to hip with his mother, and screams "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" as long and loud as he can. Her response is simply to roll her eyes, and respond quietly. Week after week, this little scene plays out. This week, however, the tantrum carried over to the check out line. He was roaring at his mother as she paid for his new toy. I looked at him and said, "We don't allow screaming in the Tractor Supply." Very matter of factly. He stared at me consideringly, and then promptly turned to his mother and bellowed "ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!" at the top of his lungs. He wasn't mad. He wasn't saying anything. He was just bellowing. I immediately interrupted him, saying sternly. "I'm not joking. We do not allow screaming in the Tractor Supply. You need to stop that right now." Shocked, he did.
His mother said, "You need to remember that rule. You cannot scream at the Tractor Supply," as they headed out the door. I hope she remembers it too. That one stern, no nonsense admonishment stopped his bad behavior immediately. I hope she gives it a try.