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Monday question: Granny eats shoots & leaves

Posted by Robin Abrahams  September 19, 2011 06:34 AM

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If you dare to suspect that I only chose this week's question for the headline opportunity it provided, well! -- I am horribly offended. At any rate, how would you answer this week's question? 

How does one handle uninvited foragers? There is a grandmother in my neighborhood who takes care of her preschool aged grandson. I see them together often, she pushing the stroller, or the two of them walking around the block. Lately, their walks have started to include entering other people's front yards to pick items such as mushrooms. I have not seen them do this with my yard, yet. 

I'm nearly certain that the woman has not been invited onto the other's property. The whole thing makes me uncomfortable, and I disagree with the message that it sends to the child (that it is OK to forage on other's property without permission). Should I say anything, or address the situation only if I see her on my property?

I'll post my response on Friday. Tune in during the week for various findings in and musings about social behavior, and join us for a chat this Wednesday. It's not too early to start worrying about the holidays, you know!
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