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By great / Friday 20 July 2012 10:20 / New Zealand - Hamilton
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By  Mariebaz  |  11

Why did you allow your son to bring a gun- even a fake- into a bank in the first place?

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  onlychildFTW  |  33

Haha yeah he already knows how to rob a bank almost. He just needs to be a bit faster to stop the silent alarm being activated. And OP the teller isn't dim-witted becase when a realsticw looking gun is in a bank normally it means we need the cops.

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  Tarah2112  |  3

But when an 8 year old is holding it? Kids play with toy guns all the time.. He should have been smart enough to realize the kid was just playing

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  rhaemese  |  9

I wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to use a kid to rob a bank. That's actually a really good idea.... :3 no JK. But seriously, you never know with some people.

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  eeppiicc  |  8

Funny how OP Is calling the bank teller dim witted when she couldn't even teach her 8 year old that you shouldnt bring toy guns outside the house especially to a bank!

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  TheDrifter  |  23

There was a 9 year old girl a couple years ago that killed her family for not letting her see her 14 year old boyfriend. People be wrong in the head these days.

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  Enslaved  |  36

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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  krylonpony  |  3

114- pffft we don't need another SAW movie

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  tjv3  |  9

OP the teller was doing her job. That is what she is trained to do. You shouldn't have let your kid take a toy gun into the bank. How was the teller to know it wasn't a real robbery? People these days would try anything.

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  Bluekaren16  |  19

Yes people should just go along with it, afterall banks they are all FDIC protected.

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  domingocool  |  4

94, your comment was not needed. Have a nice day

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  Bluekaren16  |  19

122 I will consider that. I hope you have a nice day as well.

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  Bluekaren16  |  19

138 Which is why people shouldn't fight back and try to be heroes.

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  zandalee  |  19

No one seems to have picked up that the OP is from Waikato in little old New Zealand. Is only a small town & the cops do not carry guns in NZ. The teller was an idiot to press the panic button. Plain & simple.

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  humorizer  |  14

Funny thing is if Pendatic or DocBastard had written the statement about the FDIC insurance, there'd be tons of thumbs up. Some of you have no sense of humor. It's actually a clever joke.

By  Mariebaz  |  11

Why did you allow your son to bring a gun- even a fake- into a bank in the first place?

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  lonkite101  |  14

3- well she obviously didn't know he had it.

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  un1corns  |  15

11 - Nowhere in this FML does it imply that the OP didn't know that their son had the gun. It is, however, obvious that they didn't know that their son had planned a bank heist.

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  lonkite101  |  14

30- nowhere in this FML is it implying that she did know anyways. Either way, if she did/didn't, it would most likely change the effect of him bringing it/not bringing it. I was just giving my theoretical opinion on the matter. Plus that's why I said "obviously". Good day sir! ;)

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Eight year old boys don't carry purses, so the kid wouldn't have had anywhere to put the gun to conceal it. Therefore we must gather that his mother would have seen it in his hands, or she is an idiot.

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  misvenus000  |  2

My main question is how is it in his hands in the first place. Did she buy it for him? Did he find it somewhere? He's 8 years old. How did he get it in the first place?

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  Keliosan  |  6

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.

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  lonkite101  |  14

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..

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  TheDrifter  |  23

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 kids for violent crimes because they can't be charged, and yuppies are too naive to even fight back.

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  Keliosan  |  6

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.

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  Keliosan  |  6

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.

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  Anomomous  |  15

The gun LOOKED REAL. If someone is standing 5 to 15 feet away from me holding a gun and demanding money, I don't care how old he looks or is. Some 8 year olds are as tall as some 12 year olds. I don't care how old I think they are, I'm going to press the alarm. Now if the kid was right at the counter I would have just disarmed him, as everyone in this world should be capable of doing. Anyone should be able to disarm a person at point blank range with minimal Injuries, if any. But yes, the mother was an idiot. Not for letting her kid bring a gun in a bank, but for raising a kid stupid enough to do that.

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  tehcyberman  |  9

well nobody is scared of a fake gun, 173, but it's the fact that it looked like a real gun, and the kid certainly wasn't saying anything that would suggest it was fake. Like earlier comments have said, People sometimes use kids for crimes, so it wasn't an unreasonable assumption.

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  alisidewinder  |  9

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.

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  arty777  |  8

Where the hell do you think he got it? His parents of course! It's a bloody toy, no one's stupid enough to think it's real! How hard is it to tell?

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  arty777  |  8

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.

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  iTransform  |  8

220- Obviously fake? even if its unheard of where your from, you should never assume a gun isn't real especially if it looks real and besides even if you don't SEE someone with a non-hunting gun, does not mean they don't own one.

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  lmfaoincanada  |  9

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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  SexiMamita91  |  3

How can full blame go to the OP? 1 children are sneaky and 2nd.. who I there right mind would really think an 8 year old is roving a bank. Could be she called the teller "dim witted"

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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.

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  citymayer  |  7

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.

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  tehcyberman  |  9

I agree with 161. As a person, maybe he wasn't too worried. But for his job, he is required to act accordingly in a situation like this, regardless of the persons age.

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  TheZee  |  12

Is OP suppose to do a body search on their 8-year-old son every time they bring him to the bank with them? Get real, it clearly wasn't OPs' fault.

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  forever12  |  8

They may not have known that their sun had the toy gun, and even so, last time I checked, banks aren't usually victimized my 8yr olds.

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Perhaps OP and the teller were both at fault. While OP should have laid out some ground rules for her son using a toy gun, the teller should have realized they weren't being robbed by a child.

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  ImaginaryFoe  |  0

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.

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  kristat  |  14

I don't think anyone is really "at fault" here, it's just a misunderstanding. However, I do think OP is kind of a jerk for calling the teller "dimwitted" for doing his/her job. Personally I'd rather my teller be safe than sorry when it comes to this kind of thing.

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  kyleekay  |  25

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.

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  hthelittleone  |  10

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.

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  Mearemoi  |  14

I heard somewhere on the news that the shooter at the showing came through a back/side exit. Either way, it was a terrible tragedy. I give my best to the victims' families and friends. There's some fucked up shit that happens around; I'm not surprised the bank teller pressed the alarm.

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  trucker67  |  10

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims , family's and loved ones - its so sad that a place thought of as a safe haven , a place to take a break from reality and to just relax is now not safe anymore :(

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