Would you shop at this store?

Would you take your kids into this store?

It’s Halloween today, which is all about the kids, and so I thought I’d ask. This is the sign that greeted us when we arrived at a destination that is trying to cultivate an image as being child-friendly. It was posted just outside a gift shop.

My reaction? Kids, whatever you do, don’t go there.

What’s your take?

Is it about time merchants put parents on notice? After all, the gift shop had breakable items, and let’s face it, some parents refuse to supervise their young kids — and accidents happen.

Or does a sign like that say: Families not welcome?

I’ve been mulling the meaning of it. To me, as the father of three young kids, it says, “Go away. You’re not welcome here.” But maybe I’m taking it too personally. Maybe it’s just a friendly warning.

But do they really love kids? I have a hard time believing that.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or contact him at . Got a question or comment? You can post it on the new forum.

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