Local pet stores have reportedly become makeshift baby sitters for children as young as two, while their parents duck out for a coffee.
“It happens on a daily basis, there is a glass wall between us and the beauty shop and the mums think it’s OK, but it’s not safe,” Pets R Fun store proprietor Peta, told News Corp.
“Other parents come in and say, ‘do you mind watching our child while we pop down to the shops’ and we have to say no, it’s very busy and we can’t do that.”
Some retailers have even been forced to place signs on their windows, warning parents not try and leave their kids unattended for any amount of time.
“Our staff aren’t babysitters,” a shopping centre spokesman added.
The beach is another place parents manage to drop off their kids and run.
Lifeguards have complained of children wandering beaches unattended, with parents not realising the severe danger they are putting them in by doing so.
News Corp reported that parents have been seen leaving their children between the flags, assuming they are in good hands.
Parents who want to drop and shop need to visit places like Monkey Mania, who for a cost of $26.50, parents can drop their children off at their play pits for three hours.
“We put a yellow vest on the children that are being cared for. They are very visible. It works well for everyone.”
Best idea, try and take the kids to the park and enjoy some time together. You might be surprised how relaxed you feel.
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