had to jump in on this one --
Our spinning and weaving people have the opportunity to have a booth at a local Woolgathering (show for fiber junkies) it is really a fun day --- until
There is always at least one family whose kids will not leave the spinning wheels alone. Wen when you tell them "please, don't touch, you could break them." (I stopped two kids, 10 to 12 age, one day from pumping the peddle one way and trying to get the wheel to spin the other way-- eeekkk) They are not my "toys" but I was the only one on that end of the booth.
A good wheel can cost several hundred dollars. I feel that I can stop kid from breaking someone Else's "toy"
Parent of said kids (had their hand on them anyway) Gave me the sorry old line of "why can't they play with them, nobodies using them right now." I told her that they were not mine and besides what they were trying to do to them would break them and unless she was willing to pay $500 for it not to let them touch it.
Not very nice, I know, but these two kids I had seen trying to play with the loom, and they also went for the viking carding combs. (think 6 nails about the length of your hand in a board with a handle, lethal looking) then they went after the drum carder. (another $300+ "toy")
Parent also started whining about "well, if this wasn't a hands on display why didn't you say so." Excuse me, I didn't say it was, nor was there a sign indicating that they could play with our stuff. (In fact, there were "do not touch, please signs on most of the wheels and the loom) - there was an area set up IN ANOTHER TENT for the kids to do things in, not our booth.
Needless to say they left in a huff.
When the owners of said "toys" came back and I told them what had happened they thanked me and told me that I had done the right thing.
Oops - sorry this got a little long