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FML - The follow-up

Today, I waited for over an hour in a park for a date who didn't show up. I finally left because someone came up to me and accused me of creeping on their kids. FML

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And run I did! Well, not really, but I got out of there as fast as possible. I was too embarrassed about being stood up and being accused of watching kids to have a sharp wit and a good response. An excuse was mumbled and I got out of there! And 54, I wouldn't normally wait longer than a half hour at most, but I suppose I was pretty hopeful for this date!
By mindjob / Monday 29 September 2014 02:49 /
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By  dawnimus  |  21

Just say you're waiting for someone and stand your ground! Not everyone who sits in a park is a creeper. Although, after an hour they probably weren't coming :( sorry OP, bad luck.

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  mindjob  |  14

And run I did! Well, not really, but I got out of there as fast as possible. I was too embarrassed about being stood up and being accused of watching kids to have a sharp wit and a good response. An excuse was mumbled and I got out of there! And 54, I wouldn't normally wait longer than a half hour at most, but I suppose I was pretty hopeful for this date!

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  AninOnin  |  24

As a fellow human being, I'm sorry your date stood you up. Hopefully you'll find someone who will join you next time, or who will be honest enough to decline and save you the hassle. As a feminist, I just wanted to say that I'm sorry you were accused of creeping on kids. Unfortunately, our society has this idea that if you're male, you're automatically a violent sexual predator around women and children. Keep your chin up, OP. Things will get better!

By  dawnimus  |  21

Just say you're waiting for someone and stand your ground! Not everyone who sits in a park is a creeper. Although, after an hour they probably weren't coming :( sorry OP, bad luck.

By  YaboyVinnie  |  17

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  cocacola999  |  26

Some people are just extremely paranoid. Where I live, there was recently a case that a "concerned citizen" reported all over social media that "a pervert had tried to invite a child into his car, but luckily the child had escaped". The licence plate of the car was all over media, police launched a wide manhunt to catch the predator. Later it turned out that the car driving by was the kid's grandfather who offered the child a lift, but the kid refused, saying he's going to a friend's place instead. TL;DR - some people just jump to conclusions way too hastily.

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  badmandilon  |  19

I must say more and more people in our society is getting paranoid. That's why I can't go to my community pool, there are a lot of kids in there and having nobody going with me all the time is just too risky for me to be accused of something like this.

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  Tthug  |  34

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  brand125  |  17

if youre that paranoid then LEAVE THE PARK YOURSELF instead of acusing innocent people. just because you can show an article showing child abductions happen, doesnt give you the right to but in other peoples lives

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  cocacola999  |  26

This is just one instance, whereas there are millions of children in US. Your child is a lot more likely to be killed in a car crash or a gun accident than to be abducted. Of course you should teach them to be safe and to keep an eye on them, when necessary - but paranoia gets you nowhere.

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  badmandilon  |  19

#39 you're paranoid (you asked for it). The fact that lots of people are being killed in a daily basis doesn't give me a reason of accusing a random person of being a killer. So, same thing with abductions. There's nothing wrong with taking precautions but not to the point of violating other people's rights or freedom.

By  Smiley_70  |  22

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  Smiley_70  |  22

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  brand125  |  17

doesnt matter, doesnt give strangers the right to be like that. OP has every fuckin right to be there even if theyre by themselves, have a problem with it dont bring your child to the park...

By  JayVicious  |  20

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  Tthug  |  34

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  doctorhook86  |  24

#24: What kind of bullshit twisted logic is that? There's a man in the park (or just alone in a public place?), therefore he must be looking for a child to murder? From men everywhere, fuck you.

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  Tthug  |  34

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  brand125  |  17

i think its sooooo fucked that people are bitching at op, you have NO BUSINESS asking a man thats alone what hes doing there, have problem with it get you and your kids ass home and stop trying to restric other peoples park acess.

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  littlekellilee  |  41

38 there's a difference between having your kids play out front alone at home and your kids playing at a park while you're watching them. If something makes you uncomfortable, you should leave, not talk to the person to see what's up. Odds are the person isn't creeping, but if it is the person near you killing people, do you really think he'd leave because you asked?

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  stargirl_95  |  24

I also don't really see what going up to a guy who you think is shifty and asking him what he's doing is going to accomplish. It's not like a paedophile is going to say " oh don't mind me, I'm just looking for a kid to kidnap, rape, and murder and yours is looking pretty good!" If he really does have evil intent then he'll obviously lie. If you see someone suspicious then you really are better off either keeping your child close or moving them somewhere else.

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  ThatHorse  |  15

Not to mention that going up to them just puts the focus on your children specifically rather than a random child in the park. IOW you're literally putting a neon sign on your childs head if the guy/girl is wanting to kidnap them.

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  doctorhook86  |  24

#38: If it's too dangerous for your kid to play in your front yard, it's too dangerous to let your kid leave the house. Everyone has a right to public parks; if you can't handle that, don't go there.

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  doctorhook86  |  24

#63: No, it's more like a woman accusing every random stranger she meets of being a rapist. The OP has done nothing wrong, but he was accused of being a sexual predator because he was in a public park.

By  messedup4ever  |  16

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By  Aero_x  |  21

“Well, obviously we have a RAPIST in Lincoln Park. He’s climbin’ in your windows, he’s snatchin’ your people up, tryin’ to rape ‘em. So y’all need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband cause they’re rapin’ everybody out here!”

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