I saw this in Slate yesterday:
What do you all think? I'm tempted to hand the author the Special Snowflake of the Year award.
I say that the woman has a valid point but takes it a little to far. From a couple of the comments RE: Peanut proteins on hands I'm guessing her child has the extreme form of peanut allergy. That if a child eating cracker jacks does the hand over hand bars - an her child follows her child can have a potentially deadly allergic reaction.
When I was a kid there were places we had to be careful because of the high probability that someone touched that door, railing, seat, armrest with peanuts on their hands. So I wore my "biohazard suit" - long pants, closed toed shoes, short sleeves but with an oversized very light windbreaker. When I had to touch a door, or railing - I pulled my hands inside the sleeves - so I wasn't touching it bare handed. Thing was those places were limited - airplanes, Astrodome (football, baseball, rodeo), Astroworld, and the movies were pretty much it. Because people didn't walk around stuffing their faces all the time. You ate in certain places - not the middle of the department store.
We knew I could react to touching peanut products - but in only happened 2x before I turned 18. First in PK when the teacher physically force me to put my hands in peanutbutter. Second in third grade when the bully smeared peanut butter on me.
Since 2001 - I've landed in the ER 7x all for touching something with traces of peanuts. All but one happened in public venues were eating was not the main focus.
I get her frustration. Kids eating peanut products while playing on the playground are coating it with a toxic to her child substance. Also I agree on a basic level kids should not be eating and runnign around playing at the same time. It is a choking hazard.
On the other side if Loren, Brett and I are having a picnic in the park. I should be able to leave our cooler/basket out while they play.