It's official, the child haters of the world are out of control. It's bad enough that we have to deal with their piercing glares and heavy sighs on airplanes, and their huffs and puffs in line at the grocery store, but now they don't even want to see our children outside doing what kids do -- playing!
The homeowners association of Persimmon Place in Edgewater, Florida, wants to flat out ban children from playing outside. The proposal, to be voted on April 27, specifically calls for a ban on "tag, skateboarding, Big Wheels, and loud or obnoxious toys" on "common property." There will be a $100 fine assessed for each violation.
The more I read about this case, the more insanely angry it makes me. The reasoning of those in favor the ban is ridiculous.
HOA board member Kim Scott told WKMG:
They came in and rented (a home) in a community that does not have a playground and is not conducive to children. Then they expect the children to play in the driveways and parking lot. You wouldn't see them playing in the parking lot at Walmart or Kmart, but they come here and turn the children loose.
Only they don't LIVE at Walmart or Kmart. And who said a community has to have a playground in order for one to live there with children? I've never lived in a community with a playground, and I've both been a child and have children. Just because it's a community of townhouses doesn't mean kids should be cooped up inside devoid of fresh air and exercise. Talk about discrimination.
If they are doing damage on someone's personal property or getting in the way of cars, that's one thing to deal with on a case-by-case basis. But if it's just annoying to hear the sounds of children's voices outside then ... get over it!
The proposal also would require "minor" children to be supervised by an adult at all times. While toddlers certainly shouldn't be let loose, are moms really supposed to tag along with their 16-year-olds? That's not going to work for either party involved.
I can't imagine this proposal passing, and if it does, I can't imagine there's not a discrimination lawsuit in there somewhere. As for the people pushing the ban: There are adult-only communities out there, and if you are that bothered by children, go live in one and don't bother the rest of the world with your crabby, cranky behavior.
Do you think children should ever be banned from playing outside?
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