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  •  Seriously? You are proud? (15+ / 0-)

    The kids should not have been skateboarding on the loading dock -- whether it belongs to Wal-Mart or some Mom and Pop store.  

    Wal-Mart has a legitimate reason for keeping kids from doing that, even if they weren't -- at the time -- using that loading dock.  (If your kid was doing this while Wal-Mart had people there trying to use the dock, it would have been even worse, and you don't mention it, so I assume that wasn't the case.)  Yes, that loading dock is a temping location for skateboarders.  If your kid -- or someone else -- got seriously hurt skateboarding on that loading dock, Wal-Mart would be sued in a second, and they'd likely be liable for that.  So whether you like Wal-Mart or not, whether you shop there or not, whether you agree with how they treat workers or not, they have the same reason any other store would have for keeping kids from skateboarding on their loading dock -- they will be held liable if a kid gets injured.  

    If I had some kind of thing like that ramp on my property that was attractive to skateboarding kids, and if they came on my property and tried to skateboard on it, I'd tell them to leave and not come back, too.  That's because if I let them do that, and they got hurt, I would likely get sued.  If you are ok with taking that risk, that's fine, but that does not mean that everyone else has to do that, too.

    You can hate Wal-Mart for any number of reasons, but this is not one of them. It is absurd for anyone to think that, once someone at Wal-Mart found out about the kids skateboarding on their loading dock, they should have just done nothing and let them stay there.

    I do wonder about the police taking them in the car -- typically, the police will just tell them to leave.  Do you have any idea why the police thought it necessary to take them in -- were they told to leave before and came back?

    •  Seriously (6+ / 0-)

      What the OP needs to do, is insist that his kid do his skating at the proper location...a skate park or private property where he has permission.

      In Walmart's shoes, I'd have done pretty much the same thing, except I would have tried banning them without involving the police...but maybe they did and it didn't work.

      "Nothing happens unless first a dream. " ~ Carl Sandburg

      by davewill on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:10:31 AM PST

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      •  I suspect this is true. (7+ / 0-)
        .but maybe they did and it didn't work.
        Even when the police are called for something like this, if it's the first time, they'll just tell the kids to leave and not do it any more.  I can't imagine why they would have taken the kids in if there wasn't something more involved, like repeated violations, or the kids left and came back, or the kids made noises like they weren't going to leave.

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