Guys I need to vent. One of the employees at the local hobby shop just yelled at my 3 year old son. What was his offense you wonder??? He touched an empty peg on a peg board. No merchandise was hanging on it, he did no damage to anything, he wasn’t running wild, he simply took an empty peg out of a peg board(the other hand was toting his hobby grade rc car which he needed parts for). I was furious. What’s worse, is that the employee essentially created the situation that led to him unloading on my child. They had a box of assorted pulse batteries on closeout with a fair discount. And you guys know from watching my flight videos that I’m wearing my youngest child in a pack on my chest, and my 3 year old is never far away. Anyway, I had just asked if he had a 4s 850mah in this discount box. It wasn’t terribly easy for me to look while holding the baby and keeping track of my 3 year old. His response was that everything is in the box and I’d have to look myself. Phenomenal customer service right. Well no sooner did I look down into the box, then he is yelling “Hey! Get your hands off my pegs” at my child. What the heck… and I do mean yelling. I feel like it would have been more appropriate to ask me to handle the situation … or maybe he could have just looked in the box himself like a good employee when I asked if there was an 850 in there and I wouldn’t have turned my back on my child for 2 seconds but instead he suddenly found the motivation he was lacking when I needed help looking in the battery box and came out from behind the counter to snatch the peg out of my sons hands … the end result - my son teared up a little and quietly said “Dad, I just want to go home.” My heart broke. I wanted the LHS to be a magical place for him. A reward for good behavior.
Seriously… it was just an empty pegboard peg.
So this brings me to my point. I left my local flying club cause they are rude to kids and newcomers. When i had kids i knew my time was done there cause it’s just not a great environment for them. And now I have to think twice before taking my sons to the hobby shop? What’s the world coming to. Don’t these businesses and organizations realize their future is in the hands of kids getting into the hobby??? We can buy stuff online cheaper and pirate any empty field without paying dues. I personally don’t need either of them to exist.
I remember my Dad standing up for me at the hobby shops and flying clubs when I was a kid so I guess it’s my turn now. I’m just disappointed it hasn’t gotten any better in 30 years. The guys that were rude to me 30 years ago as a kid in the hobby are long gone now but they have just been replaced by new ones.
Please be nice to kids in the hobby… and speak out if you see a child being discouraged. Let them have a good experience. Let them break some stuff and smile about it. You were probably gonna crash it eventually anyway