Letter: Behaviour the issue, not racial intolerance
WHILE sitting at the Lismore Shopping Square some entertainment arrived uninvited.
Two boys aged about six years, one with bare feet, were running in and out of the shops completely unsupervised.
Their behaviour attracted the notice of centre management and because bare feet are a health and safety issue, they are not allowed in such shopping areas.
Perhaps those who insist on bare feet should read up on hook worm.
Lismore Square has (on school days) an excellent policy of questioning school aged unsupervised children as to their non-attendance at school, which I observed occurring.
Of course the boys were cheeky smart Alecs and when things got a bit hot they ran for parental cover.
The parents were seated in the food area.
The property managers approached the parents and immediately the "race" card was extricated from the dilly bag.
References to white female anatomy were pronounced as did further shouting and abuse.
They were all asked to vacate the premises and I believe quite rightly so.
Behaviour was the issue, not racial intolerance or discrimination.
Obviously the boys oversaw the parents' actions and thought how wonderful they were.
However, just as I was about to leave the centre a loud, white, bare-footed male dressed only in a pair of shorts, nothing else, pushing a baby in a stroller walked past me.
I would like to know if he was tolerated.
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