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Bill Would Ban Adults Without Kids from Playgrounds

A City Councilman in Los Angeles, Mitch O’Farrell, has proposed a bill to keep playgrounds “free of creepy activity” by not allowing anyone unaccompanied by kids to enter one.

Shamefully, that is already the rule here in my burg, New York City. This has lead to the arrest of two women who dared to eat donuts on a playground bench in Brooklyn (exposing kids to potential predators AND processed food!), and to the ticketing of seven guys who were playing on chess tables too close to a Mahattan playground (tables placed there by the city, but whatevs). The fact that the guys had been playing chess there for years and even taught some kids the game was of zero import to the authorities determined to see only potential evil, not actual good. Full Article

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Absolutely sickening and pathetic. These lawmakers should be called out Publicly and Shamed for wasting tax payer dollars, as well as creating mass hysteria based on personal issues and opinions of their own. I suggest a contact list be created and their offices called Immediately.

Anybody with two braincells to rub together can see where this would be headed next if it’s not cut out at the root. They won’t stop at one registry. They won’t stop at this restriction. They’ll dream up more and more restrictions. Who doesn’t believe that? We and other groups will eventually be restricted from more and more places. Maybe one day, as in Florida, we’ll be cut off from a way to get to work or from visiting places for food which have toy sections/play places in them. Play whack-a-mole for one law and/or one state and watch it… Read more »

From today’s New York Times: A Debate Over Los Angeles’s Playgrounds A proposal to bar unaccompanied adults from children’s playgrounds has struck a nerve. There is no shortage of wonderful outdoor things to do in Los Angeles. But one thing is in decidedly short supply, particularly in the denser part of the cities: public parks. So a recent proposal by a Los Angeles City Council member to bar unaccompanied adults from children’s playgrounds has struck a nerve. The proposal was put forward by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who said he was simply trying to add public playgrounds to the list of… Read more »

Interesting…Mitch O’Farrell is apparently a gay man. We should ban gays from male restrooms because we all know the gays aren’t going there to pee.

Steve, I hope you were just joking with this comment. As a gay man myself I have never in my entire life used a public restroom for anything other than for it’s intended purpose. We are all here trying to get the general public to not stereotype us as SO’s. And we shouldn’t be lumping others into stereotypes either. Have an awesome day!

Steve ~ I sure hope you are joking. We are trying not to be judged by others, and yet you are judging this group? The gay community went through a similar struggle, and they have come very far, which is great! We also want to be accepted and not judged, so I hope you will rethink your comment.

Steve was being sarcastic, I believe.

Sarcasm guys…obviously making a point that the gay community has gone and is going through this type of discrimination and am shocked this twit forgets his community.

People can really compartmentalize, can see abuses against themselves or their associated group and at the same time see others without much empathy. We have an DA who happens to be lesbian and not a friend to registrants. Irish were once thought of as worse than dogs when they immigrated to this country, but that didn’t keep them from murdering free blacks in pre civil war New York. My grandmother came from Europe, could not do anything but be a maid, get married and incubate the husband’s children. She had nothing nice to say about Jews, and yet her country… Read more »

So banning adults from public parks unless in the company of children will make everyone safer? Hhhmmh?? Let me think about this one. Since the majority of children are being abused by family members, friends, teachers, etc, we should also ban all parents, teachers, clergymen from being around these vulnerable children. We need to separate children from their parents, just in case because you never know, keep teachers on a teleconference session without being in the classroom, and have children attend church without a priest, just in case. Since we want to prevent what MIGHT happen, we really need to… Read more »

Oh i thought with all the successful lawsuits we’ve had regarding residency and other such lawsuits that these nuisance things would stop! Apparently there are still die-hards that havent got the word!

The most preposterous thing about O’Farrell’s proposal is that it ignores the fact that you will find very few, if any, children at a playground who are not already accompanied by an adult, so just what did you think some other adult was going to do in the presence of the children’s parents and/or guardian or supervisor? Besides, if parents out there fear for the safety of their children, shouldn’t they be supervising and protecting them rather than be sending them out in the cold, cruel world alone and using that as a justification to restrict the movement of all… Read more »

Bring it on and add to the confusion. this will lead to them being charged with attempted socks offenses and and then nature will continue to run its course ensnaring more and more people and sucking them into the vortex of ill conceived statutes based on fear and myths.

maybe then people will be able to deconstruct this quagmire
of cruel and unusual punishment disguised as a law.

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