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Maybe she wasn't aware of that. OP might not have been behind an official looking desk when he was helping the little girl. If some random stranger started talking to my daughter, I might be a bit alarmed also. Although I would handle it better than the mother did.

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Yeah, well most pedophiles are guys, but anyway I would be watching just as closely if it were a woman spending a little too much time with a young boy.

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It could just be the way OP looks, it's probable that an attractive man would be less likely to be accused of pedophilia than an unattractive one so you can't blame him for looking a certain way...

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While it may well be paranoia you also have to look at how many kids are raped, kidnapped or killed a year so while yes it was wrong to jump to conclusions she at least cares about her child.

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#47 that's the exact reason we get stories about children or elderly needing help and not getting it. No fucker wants to get accused or sued. Quite frankly to let your five year old wander out of sight is atrocious and the mother likely over reacted because secretly, she knew that. But FYL OP it really does make you want to bang people's heads against something and see if that knocks some sort of sense into society.

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These days, it's like you can't pass by within 10 feet of a child, let innocently speak to one (even when doing your job) without some dumbass parent yelling at you. I understand why people want to be cautious with their children, and they should, but there is a such thing as over-reacting. We're just raising our children to be paranoid, overly-introverted and terrified of the world when making casual conversation with someone we don't know is now equated to speaking to someone with crazy eyes who is brandishing a knife (or their penis, for that matter).

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Took the words right out of my mouth. People tend to agree that parents need to be less crazy but not enough people point out the negative affects this behaviour has on the children these parents are actually trying to protect. Crazy parents really need to realise that in trying too hard to protect their kids they actually risk harming them themselves.

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It's not entirely the parents fault... Some of the blame lies with inept policing/governing considering "stranger danger" and other such slogans intended to inform the populace created a generation of mistrust.

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Where I'm from Stranger Danger is more about teaching kids how to be safe around strangers rather than avoiding them altogether. Besides, parents can just ignore all the over-the-top crap. I dunno about you but I will base my parenting on my individual child and circumstances, not on some misused statistics.

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