Mild SS parent today. I had to go to the courthouse to pick up some registration forms. Right after I came up to the counter a woman was called to the window next to me. She had a small boy with her, and I heard her telling him to come here, stop doing that, be quiet, etc in just the few seconds it took her to walk from the door to the counter. Then she stopped talking so I figured he listened to her. I wasn't really paying attention; I have kids and have said those things to them in public, plus I was busy with my transaction. All of a sudden there was a huge GONG!!! sound. I turned around and her child was playing in the lobby around the metal stanchions with the elastic line dividers between them. He had knocked one at least mostly over, but it came back upright because of the elastic. He froze for a minute and looked at his mom, but she didn't even look up from what she was doing. He immediately went back to running around. She must have really trusted him; he was about four feet away from the doors, which are not visible from the counter. He could have easily run outside and she'd never have known.