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Guests been here less than 5 minutes, ask about a place to eat and then proceed to leave for the restaurant, while leaving their 7& 9 year old alone here at the inn.
Uh...THAT'D BE NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I have a youngster... what possesses parents to think it's ok to leave their child alone in a strange place? Or assume the innkeeper is a built in babysitter!??!!!???!!!
Mine's almost a tween and I don't even let him go to the bathroom in a public place alone these days!
They're miffed.
In California it's illegal to leave children under 12 unattended, I wonder what state/planet they're from?
 

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They're MIFFED? What about you? No way!!!
I have twin 4 year old boys and they always want to know why I won't let them go places by themselves. No way!!
Does that mean you're in California? Actually, I think they have that law in Maryland and a bunch of other states as well. (Although probably not here in Ohio.)
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Wow. That takes some nerve/stupidity. Even if they leave their kids alone at home (which many people do) it's not smart to do that in a strange place.
How long are they there for? Hopefully not long!
 

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I meant to add the story about the innkeeper down the street who had parents who booked a room for their teenagers while they, the parents were staying elsewhere! Mom came by, filled out the reg form, paid and left, handing the key to the kids who were waiting in the car. Innkeeper found teens in living room with TV on and asked who they were.
The kids told her and she had a fit. But, the parents refused to come back for them and the innkeeper backed down. The parents said they needed a break.
Holy cow.
There are signs all over the casinos in Vegas warning parents to not leave their kids alone.
Curious to know if leaving your kids alone in CA applies to anywhere or just outside the home? If it's anywhere, including at home, millions of parents break the law everyday just going to work!
 

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If someone did that to me, I'd call the police and have them escorted home. All minors must be under adult supervision here.
And yes, it is against the law in Cali. And parents do get arrested for negligence and child endangernment, but usually only when something goes wrong. Children can stay home with a sibling 14 or older is my understanding.
 

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If someone did that to me, I'd call the police and have them escorted home. All minors must be under adult supervision here.
And yes, it is against the law in Cali. And parents do get arrested for negligence and child endangernment, but usually only when something goes wrong. Children can stay home with a sibling 14 or older is my understanding..
Yeah, hubs and I went around about this one, too. He would be understanding and try to find them rooms together somewhere. Me? 'Here's your hat, what's your hurry?'
To my mind, these parents didn't WANT rooms together. The parents wanted a weekend away and had to bring the kids. So they dropped the kids off elsewhere.
Probably told the innkeeper they left them home alone all the time! Which is totally irrelevant.
 

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They're MIFFED? What about you? No way!!!
I have twin 4 year old boys and they always want to know why I won't let them go places by themselves. No way!!
Does that mean you're in California? Actually, I think they have that law in Maryland and a bunch of other states as well. (Although probably not here in Ohio.)
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Kk..
YellowSocks said:
I have twin 4 year old boys and they always want to know why I won't let them go places by themselves. No way!!
=)
Kk.
Totally off topic but I told my mother I could walk myself to school when I was 4. She let me. Or so I thought. She followed me the whole way, everyday. In NYC.
 

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Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. Reading this makes me feel all the better about having a no children policy. Sometimes my friends try to convince me that my no children policy is a bit harsh. Nah!
 

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What is the end of the story?? Parents took kids with them to eat? They checked out? Curious minds....
Our policies state this: Children: Children 12 and older are welcome with a parent/legal guardian in the same guest accommodation. In consideration of our other guests, children must be supervised at all times by an adult.
Fortunately, we don't get many requests at all for children. I'm just not set up for them here.
 

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In 1986 we took our last "family" vacation because middle son had graduated from high school and everyone was branching out with interests (softball, etc). We treated ourselves to 2 rooms at the HI in Philadelphia - one for us and one for the beasts! It was wonderful! Of course the beasts were 18, 16,16, and 12 at the time.
The daughter who is a cop told us about the Gang Banger they arrested at 3AM and were in the process of taking to the lockup when he decided (I don't know why, Mom) to plead his case with them. "I don't know why you are hassling me. I was just out trying to score a hit because I gotta take care of the kids while the old lady is at work." Our DD said she turned and quietly said, "My parents would never have left us alone for ANY reason at 3 AM!" She told us he looked at her as if she had 3 heads that the concept was so fforeign to him.
 

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What is the end of the story?? Parents took kids with them to eat? They checked out? Curious minds....
Our policies state this: Children: Children 12 and older are welcome with a parent/legal guardian in the same guest accommodation. In consideration of our other guests, children must be supervised at all times by an adult.
Fortunately, we don't get many requests at all for children. I'm just not set up for them here..
Pizza delivery, which I had suggested in the first place, since they had no car. Duh.
 

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What is the end of the story?? Parents took kids with them to eat? They checked out? Curious minds....
Our policies state this: Children: Children 12 and older are welcome with a parent/legal guardian in the same guest accommodation. In consideration of our other guests, children must be supervised at all times by an adult.
Fortunately, we don't get many requests at all for children. I'm just not set up for them here..
Pizza delivery, which I had suggested in the first place, since they had no car. Duh.
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Pizza delivery, which I had suggested in the first place, since they had no car. Duh.
They wouldn't eat out with their own kids? Yowza!
 

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What is the end of the story?? Parents took kids with them to eat? They checked out? Curious minds....
Our policies state this: Children: Children 12 and older are welcome with a parent/legal guardian in the same guest accommodation. In consideration of our other guests, children must be supervised at all times by an adult.
Fortunately, we don't get many requests at all for children. I'm just not set up for them here..
Samster said:
Fortunately, we don't get many requests at all for children. I'm just not set up for them here.
I'm not set up for babies. No cribs, no highchairs. I am specific about that. This morning, as I was checking for food allergies for tomorrow's breakfast, I realized that tonight there are 4 kids here. They'll all be eating cereal in the morning.
 

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I meant to add the story about the innkeeper down the street who had parents who booked a room for their teenagers while they, the parents were staying elsewhere! Mom came by, filled out the reg form, paid and left, handing the key to the kids who were waiting in the car. Innkeeper found teens in living room with TV on and asked who they were.
The kids told her and she had a fit. But, the parents refused to come back for them and the innkeeper backed down. The parents said they needed a break.
Holy cow.
There are signs all over the casinos in Vegas warning parents to not leave their kids alone.
Curious to know if leaving your kids alone in CA applies to anywhere or just outside the home? If it's anywhere, including at home, millions of parents break the law everyday just going to work!.
Bree said:
I meant to add the story about the innkeeper down the street who had parents who booked a room for their teenagers while they, the parents were staying elsewhere! Mom came by, filled out the reg form, paid and left, handing the key to the kids who were waiting in the car. Innkeeper found teens in living room with TV on and asked who they were.
Gosh, that sounds like a "friend" of mine. She lives 200 miles away and told me once that she might just have her daughter and her boyfriend come down one weekend and stay with me, give her my nicest room.....her daughter is 15 and the boyfriend is 16.....IDIN"T THINK SOOOO....
 

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RE: the comment regarding the parents left teens at a B&B
Many states have a law that requires an adult stay in the room with any child under 18.
I know that if that had been here, and the parents refused to come get them, the teens would get a good night sleep at a nice foster home once the Police picked them up.
And the parents would be charged for the entire reservation.
Geez parents these days....
 

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RE: the comment regarding the parents left teens at a B&B
Many states have a law that requires an adult stay in the room with any child under 18.
I know that if that had been here, and the parents refused to come get them, the teens would get a good night sleep at a nice foster home once the Police picked them up.
And the parents would be charged for the entire reservation.
Geez parents these days.....
Copperhead said:
RE: the comment regarding the parents left teens at a B&B
Many states have a law that requires an adult stay in the room with any child under 18.
I know that if that had been here, and the parents refused to come get them, the teens would get a good night sleep at a nice foster home once the Police picked them up.
And the parents would be charged for the entire reservation.
Geez parents these days....
That was my sentiment when I heard that story.
 

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Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. Reading this makes me feel all the better about having a no children policy. Sometimes my friends try to convince me that my no children policy is a bit harsh. Nah!.
I thought you were kidding!. unbelievable. We have a no chldren policy, too. We don't want the other guests to be awakened or miffed about children crying or running down hallways.
 

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Kids HAVE babies at 12 years old.
In Wa State the age of consent is 13 - I won't start any political diatribe here - you can do anything you want to without parents consent, including put yourself in a mental institution or live on the street.
We are a tough bunch of innkeepers. I think the parents thought they would watch tv and not get into any trouble and YOU would be there if they did. Isn't that nice of them.
 
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