... This reminds me of something that happened a couple years ago, in a store in my hometown. Details are fuzzy, but a customer had gone in, with her double-wide stroller, and was asked to leave, as the store (independently owned, not a chain) had a policy that didn't allow strollers. THe store sells arts and crafts, and other things of that nature, many of which are fragile. Customer then wrote in to the local paper, essentially crying discrimination and so on, simply because the stroller wasn't allowed an she was asked to leave. It turned into a huge bruhaha, I thought the owner was reasonable in his explanation, and stroller mom a bit of an SS.
She obviously told her story in the newspaper to solicit community support for her position (and probably to "punish" the store owner as well). I'm interested to know whether people did sympathize with her as she was expecting to happen, or did they tend to take the owner's side?
A little of both, actually. Predictably, most of those on her side were parents with small kids who also felt they should be allowed to go whereever they wanted, with their giant strollers Not saying all parents are like that, as they aren't but those who commented gave that impression.
Many others, however, were on the side of the store owners. Who by the way, also received some rather nasty phone calls, threatening him, and saying horrible things about his s*xual orientation, because he is gay
What got me, and lost any sympathy i might have had for her, was her comparison to wheelchairs, in that the store allows wheelchairs in, and her double wide stroller was no larger than a wheelchair. To me, they are not the same, and if the owner chooses to forbid strollers in his store, then that's his right an dchoice.
But the other issue was the child apparently was grabbing for things as she wheeled him/them around, and the owner was afraid that some of his merchandise might get broken.