I have been meaning to post this forever.
Last Summer, before Juan returned to his family in Columbia, Shoshi and Kaish thought we should get him a skateboard as a going away present.
Of course I thought that of was a brilliant idea as well, so we headed off to Zumies in our local mall.
I had never had the opportunity to visit this store. I am pretty sure I won’t be going back any time soon. Everywhere I looked there was something disturbing.
There were shirts with Marijuana leaves. There was music with curse words playing loudly. And,there was a game called this : displayed in the back of the store where the seats and Play Station were set up.
I quickly ushered Kaishon and Shoshi outside and had them sit on a bench while Juan got his skateboard.
At the checkout I saw more marijuana stickers and some I Heart Boobies bracelets as well as bumper stickers that said F*ck.
I normally am not confrontational, but when the salesgirl rang us out, I stated I was displeased that my child had seen all of these things in the store. I stated I was disappointed that a store would be promoting marijuana use and cursing. Oh, and I also could not believe they were having young kids wear bracelets that said the word ‘boobie’ on them.
‘Oh, those aren’t marijuana leaves.
That isn’t a curse word.
And these bracelets are for breast cancer awareness.
Do you want to buy one?’
Immediately I noticed posters on the wall with this writing:
So many things about this store make me sad.
I don’t think skaters are bad kids, but stores like this make them seem bad. Or, maybe they don’t make the kids seem bad, but they make them seem hard. And not what you want your sweet child to grow up into.
This year many of Kaishon’s friends in the neighborhood and at school are wearing I Heart Boobies bracelets. I see them daily. I won’t let Kaish wear one. I love the cause. I believe in the cause. I just don’t want my kid wearing a bracelet with the word boobies on it.
And P.S. Yes I did call Zumies Headquarters and complain. I know that some people might say ‘If you don’t like it, don’t go in.’ but I decided to call and complain for all the kids that have parents that just send them off to the mall. For all the kids that want someone to put boundaries and limits on them. For all the kids period.
And my call might not have made any difference at all to anyone at Zumiez. I am pretty sure they didn’t stop their orders of inappropriate t-shirts. I feel better knowing I voiced my concern.
What do you think about all of this? I really want to know! Even if you think I am a CRAZY over reactor. Please share! XO
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