I was shopping in a local supermarket the other night around 6 p.m. It was the most unpleasant shopping experience I have ever had. There were so many screaming, running, and crying children in this store that I could barely think.

I realize that parents, and especially a single parent, has limited options as far as what to do with child(ren) when they go shopping. However, when you decide to bring your kid(s) with you, the least you could do is watch them and make sure they are behaving themselves as one should in public.

Santa Barbara is a very forward-thinking community, encouraging people to think outside of the box in a variety of endeavors — Earth Day and recyclable bags, just to name two. Here is my proposal: Set aside a block of time — for example, 5-10 p.m. — one day a week when only adults are permitted into the store.

I myself do not have children; I never wanted them, and I do not think I should be subjected to unruly, misbehaving children whose parents could not care less. I am sure I am not alone on this subject.

In the meantime, parents, could you please be a little more considerate of those of us who just came to do a little shopping and are returning to the peace and quiet of our childless homes?


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