- Mummies and Daddies arguing indirectly through their babies. This happens a lot. Examples:
These are ACTUAL conversations that I've heard. Also, the marriage is truly over if they
they continue to call each other Mummy and Daddy when children are out of earshot.
- Teenage MC Daddy. This isn't generally a breed of parent, but rather one particular customer I saw the other week. This guy was in his late teens, he was of a chunky shape and wore a lovely tracksuit. He came in a few steps behind his mum, who was pushing his daughter's pram. It wasn't until they got closer that I realised he was 'freestyling' under his breath. Whilst his mother tried to engage him in conversation about what to buy the baby. At one point she uttered the words: "Grow up. She's your bloody baby." Then the entire shop got to listen to his very loud side of a phonecall regarding his YouTube videos and his newest beats. Contrary to the name of our shop, sweetheart, I don't care.
- Haggling. We are in England. In London, its capital. We are not a market stall. We are, in fact, a large, multinational company. So excuse me for not accepting this goat in exchange for that baby walker.
- Parents holding conversations with their children - and I've seen this happen with children as young as three or four - and casually swearing all over the shop (literally). Not mild swear words either, like bloody, or arse. Like, fuck. And wanker. We don't need to blame television for children's behaviour.
- "Excuse me, do you work here?" Nope. I just really enjoy loitering around toy shops in a pink polo top which says "Let's Play" in really big letters across my back.