Sunday, March 28, 2010

Would you like cream and sugar with that?


Yesterday we had a major mishap. Crash! Boom! SMASH! It was as if I was in a Batman episode and the words were coming across the screen....

Casualty: 4 broken depression glass compotes, 3 French drinking glasses and 1 very rare antique cake plate from the 1800's.

Culprit: A mama who was busy talking on her cell phone outside our boutique while she allowed her two 4 year old twin boys (who were darling, darling cute) to romp in our boutique unsupervised.

My heart breaks a little when set designers use our antiques for films wherein the items get run over, broken or thrashed (ala Johnny trampling our dishes in Alice In Wonderland). My heart breaks bigger when children use our antiques for batting practice.

Thanks to Friend Nancy, we now have a new sign for the boutique.

7 comments:

Zohal said...

shame on that mommy! and I feel bad for her at the same time. you just have to be vigilante with kids in a nice store. keep them in the stroller or in your arms!

caren said...

Hope she paid for the breakage!!!

Carol Ludwig said...

Oh ...you guys are so lucky that I don't work there because I would of tarred and feathered the little twerps which would of resulted in police backup and somebody in handcuffs ! (Oh no, not again !)
I hit my forgiving "oh aren't those kids cute" threshold when I was a hairstylist and a particular little creep that I always disliked went into the shops bathroom and painted the walls with his pee-pee's wee-wee !
I'm sorry for your loss Kathy....

desiree said...

Oh how terrible. I hope she teaches her kids how to behave before leaving them unwatched again. Being a mom is the hardest job--you must be diligent. And--If your angels can't behave then you should leave them at home until they can. I do NOT feel bad for that Mom--she dropped the ball on her watch. Please tell me she offered to pay for the items without you asking for it!

THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

I usually give the children such an evil eye that they go running and clinging to "oblivious mommy on her cell phone's" skirts! I'm sorry but how they act in the store is how they are allowed to act at home. Hence mommy having to take responsibility for the loss. Heartbreaking when the loss involves irreplaceable pieces, Love the sign and might have to "borrow" Nancy's idea.
xoxo
Lisa & Alfie

Ormolulu said...

You hit a "hot button" with many of us in the biz! Averaging at least two antique shows per month, I see many families on outings entertaining themselves at the expense of hard-working souls like us. I slave to make things beautiful and unique with each show--there are WAY too many oblivious mothers out there who think their little darllings should be able to touch, play and break whatever they want . . . has our culture become so uncaring? To me, it's a decline in good manners and basic "do unto others" principles. You have my total sympathy!

Debi in Bellingham

Meander said...

Freaking Hilarious! Love the sign. Those darn cell phones get us all into such trouble these days! I try so hard not to be "one of those girls" but its so hard! I hope she paid for everything sweetheart!