I told this story to a few people over the weekend and I got different responses as to whether I was right or wrong so I thought I would throw it out to all of you.
We have a neighborhood ice cream truck that rolls through a few times a day. Over the last few years, their trucks have deteriorated to the point I am surprised they pass yearly inspections and the 2 different drivers that come through here do not look like your friendly good humor men. One looks like every movie caricature of a pot head, and the other is a very slovenly scary looking guy (long greasy hair, dirty ill fitting clothes). So the other day, I am doing yard work and younger DD (just turned 7 last week) is on the porch playing with her Barbie castle. While the porch is not enclosed, there is a huge yew bush that blocks the whole front of it. I told DD to stay put and I went down to my back yard to get something out of the garage..took about 2 minutes. I heard the ice cream truck coming up the hill (I hate the song turkey in the straw!!) as I started up the driveway (it is a hill). DD is standing at the side railing of the porch so I guess dirty ice cream guy could see her but not me because of the neighbors bushes. Ice cream man slows down and yells out the passenger window "Hey, you want some ice cream."
DD says nothing, but I lost my head and I walked quickly the last few steps so he could see me (he got a scared look when he saw me) and I yelled "Why would you ask my child that? She didn't wave to you and she is on her porch, not on the sidewalk waiting for you ! Don't you EVER stop near my house again!" He quickly drove off and didn't even stop for the one little girl and her dad who do buy from him. I did not call the company..yet, but wonder if I should and what should I say without outright accusing him of anything.
So, was I over reacting as a few friends suggested..one said he was doing his job. Or was I correct in thinking he was wrong to solicit my DD when I feel he thought she was alone? If it makes a difference, when my neighbors sons are out playing in the yard 6 doors down, he has never stopped just to ask them.