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Back when young ScaryDuck worked in the Dole office rather than simply queuing in it, he had to deal with a claimant brought in by his mum. She did all the talking. He was 40 years old.

Have you had to deal with over-protective parents? Get your Dad to tell us all about it.

(, Thu 10 Sep 2009, 15:13)
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I used to teach swimming
The number of parents like that is insane. Of course, you only met them because their little darlings had to do school swimming classes and they were so paranoid they would take time off work to come and watch.

And when I say "watch" I mean "scare the shit out of their children".

My most memorable one was a child who was doing rather well for his age and was having a great time until I let go of the board he was holding (to let him see he could do it on his own, but while watching closely ready to catch it again if necessary). He was fine. His dear mother was not. She freaked and screamed at me that he was going to drown. As soon he heard her scream he panicked and LET GO OF THE BOARD (at which point I lifted him on to the edge of the pool). Luckily my manager took her away for a coffee before she actually caused her own child to drown by making him panic. I hate parents. I quit that job because of parents.

(yes, I realise they're not all nutters, but in that kind of job you only meet the nutters).
(, Sun 13 Sep 2009, 22:33, Reply)

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