By great - 20/07/2012 10:20 - New Zealand - Hamilton
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40 Have you seen the news on how so many young kids are gaining access to "real" guns? The teller acted on instinct. Bravo for him/her. Kids sometimes don't realize how serious things can be. I hope the OP has the proper disciplinary action so nothing like that ever has a chance to happen again.
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85- you are an idiot plain and simple. Although I'm sure hearing a small voice yell freeze would terrify even the mightiest of warriors, I think the fault still lies with the bank teller. No 8 year old with a gun is terrifying also most toy guns are not realistic. 3- it's a TOY gun. I'm sorry if I'm the only person that doesn't see terror around every corner but I think a child can take their toys whereever the hell they want.
103- when I was 6 I played with nerf guns, and my parents got them for me. Lol but I guess I was "responsible" enough to use them. 104- as much as I understand and agree with the first part of your comment, the second was unneeded. You were pretty much saying its okay for a kid to bring a realistic (but fake) gun into say an airport/bank/etc? Things like this FML could happen. With worse after effects..
104, you must be from a sheltered, suburban home. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles and if a young kid pulls a gun on you there, you better draw quick because he WILL kill you. Gangs use the kids for violent crimes because they can't be charged, and yuppies are too naive to even fight back.
I said most you guns are NOT realistic and that children should be able to take their toys wherever they want without people freaking out. Even if it was realistic your first reaction to seeing an eight year old with a gun shouldn't be "OH NO DEATH!!" it's a damn toy kids have been playing with them forever.
116- I'm not sheltered but I'm oh so sorry my crime rate isn't as high as yours. Obviously it's not that commonplace if you're alive and well and posting on FML or you've got a mean quickdraw. I'm also sorry if no one agrees with me, but letting kids play with toys doesn't make you a bad parent, and an eight year old yelling freeze isn't an excuse for being an idiot.
178, because it should be concealed. They shouldn't be waving it around. I'm from FL and people bring guns into banks all the time. Also they bring them into wal mart all the fricken time. Here when you get your concealed weapons license its tradition to go to wal mart and carry. The Wally shuffle.
Not a sheltered suburban home. A country where guns are illegal without a license for owning one and being able to use them to hunt. If you see a little handgun around here, it's obviously fake because the only real guns you ever see here are proper hunting ones. It is literally unheard of here to see someone with a gun who intends to shoot an actual person, much less a child.
Youre obviously a moron and have no children. Some toy guns look absolutley real. If you work in a bank, and you see a gun, youre not going to stand there long enough to judge weither its real or not. You're just going to push the fucking alarm. Not many ppl love their job enough to die for it...
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If the gun looked realistic you can't blame the bank teller. You should not have let you son take any sort of gun into a bank. YDI OP.
as unlikely as it is for a child to rob a bank, even mentioning having a "gun" is something that bank tellers can't take lightly. same thing at an airport: if a kid says they have a "bomb" in their stuffed animal, security had to take it as a real threat. if any high targeted job hears of a weapon, they need to take the threat seriously, regardless of how old the person is. it's common sense.
This is probably an unpopular opinion but.. I personally think the kid shouldn't have even had a toy gun. Obviously he thinks it's ok to aim it at people and he should have had it drilled in his head that he shouldn't point even a toy gun at someone. What if he finds a real gun? It happens way too often to not be a real threat.
No, not all toy guns have orange tips or barrels. Some look extremely real. For a promotion gift, my husband was given water pistols that look just like his gun. The teller might not have even seen the kid. She heard a shout of "Freeze" and hit the alarm. She may have thought it was a female bank robber. It's not uncommon to have child shoplifters so, even if she saw him, she erred on the side of caution (although procedures often tell you to hit the alarm once the robbers have gone). I'd say the blame here is 35% parent, 50% kid, and 15% teller. F all YL.
89- Even though that would be pretty freaking awesome, no, they are not. However parents do have some level of control over their child's behavior. While OP may not have realized that the kid had the toy gun with him, he should've been taught that pointing a toy gun at ANYONE is not acceptable.
I've always thought they should put metal detectors in for concerts for the protection of the performer, but people bringing weapons and using them in movie theaters, hair salons, etc? It's just insane. Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families at the Batman premiere last night.
I can see a very good life coming from this kid. Maybe not a legal one, but a rich one none the less.
Why did you allow your son to bring a gun- even a fake- into a bank in the first place?