**sighs** It's not just toy stores, it happens at my job too. I work for a rather large sporting goods chain and I see this daily. Kids running rampant while the parents ignore them seems to be the norm in my town. Since it is gift season, we have several air hockey and small pool tables set up near the front registers so that customers can see what they are buying, if it will fit in their house, etc. Every single day we have 10-20 little monsters abandoned here by their "parents" to play so said parents can shop. In the process, ALL of these display tables are ruined, customers are dodging pucks and balls that the kids hit so hard they fly off the table, etc. The kids eventually wander off and here come the parents screaming for the kids they now cannot find. I'm only 27, but when I was a kid the rule in my house was that you stay with Mom or Dad and keep your mouth shut and hands to yourself until we are finished shopping. It really burns me up to think that some of these people, who are older than I am, actually have the nerve to call themselves responsible enough to have kids.