A 73 year old Arizona man was kicked out of the children’s book section in a Scottsdale, Arizona Barnes and Noble bookstore recently. The poor guy was there to buy children’s books for his grandkids. I can imagine how embarrassing the incident must have been for this grandpa who actually is also a well respected physician.
Another customer had complained about a male in the children’s book section by himself so an employee escorted him out citing a rule that men were not allowed in the children’s book section by themselves.
Being a mom of 2 little ones, I can understand the reasoning of this Barnes and Noble store employee. A famed robber was asked why he robbed the bank to which his response was “that’s where the money is”. A pedophile will go to where he can find little kids. I used “he” because most pedophiles happen to be men. Keeping Kids Save went over the likely profile of child molesters and steps to take to keep kids safe.
On one hand is a respectable member of the society doing what any dotting grandpa would do; treat their beloved grandkids to gifts while on the other hand is a bookseller looking out for little kids. Being a mom, physician and a children’s bookseller, I could not but route for both parties. Here is an instance where protecting little kids brought about trampling on the rights of another person. If it comes to having to choose I think most people who rather have it this way. Barnes and Noble issued an apology to Dr. Omar Amin which he accepted. Looks like there will be no civil suits here.
To all dotting grandpas looking to enrich the lives of their grandkids with delightful children’s books and educational toys and feel like you have a target on your back when you head into a bookstore, come on over to SlimyBookworm.com. You spend as long as you like over here and no, we will not show you the door and your purchase will come to your doorstep speedily.