International Women's DayHappy International Women’s Day to all my distaff female readers. No doubt you are all busy celebrating your social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

Challenging conscious and unconscious bias, creating inclusive, flexible cultures and gender-balanced leadership is very much the norm here in the Parrot household, oh yes.

Ironic then that on the day that the media is fulfilling its moral duty to promote gender parity, the big debating point has been whether or not it was right to ask the mother of a tantruming 16-month old to leave the John Lewis store at the Trafford Centre.

I suppose it does challenge the conscious or unconscious bias on the part of the manager who ejected mum and daughter, and he certainly didn’t demonstrate much by way of cultural flexibility, but then he was from menswear, so what do you expect.

Personally, I have sympathy with both the mother and the manager. He had other shoppers complaining about the racket the child was making (this was John Lewis, you understand, not Matalan or Poundsaver) while she was trying unsuccessfully to deal with a toddler unsophisticated in the ways of acceptable social behaviour in a retail environment.

The one place the media finger hasn’t been pointed is at the shoppers who brought things to a head by complaining. Yes, a screaming child does grate on the nerves while you’re trying to choose your soft furnishings, and yes, young people should have more control of their kids, but it’s life, so get over it. Or shop at Selfridges where you get a better class of tantrum.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

5 comments… Add yours
  • John g 8th March 2016

    John lewis and waitrose doesnt DO bad behaviour……of any sort
    Well done that man!
    Standards dear boy standards

  • Yorkshire Pudding 8th March 2016

    So Mrs Parrot wears the trousers in your house? I bet they are military jodhpurs. Where will you be dining out tonight to celebrate International Women’s Day? May I suggest “The Easy Fish Co” which is Stockport’s top restaurant according to Trip Advisor.

  • Lee 9th March 2016

    It sounds like the adults were the ones throwing the biggest and loudest tantrums! Nothing new about that, unfortunately!

    Remy, my male cat cooked lunch for me and Shama, his sister yesterday in honour of Ladies’ Day. Like three little pigs, my two cats and I munched on roasted pork belly. And no tantrums were thrown.

  • Lee 9th March 2016

    I noticed my Website URL was incorrect…and I’ve hopefully corrected it to show as….. http://kitconn.blogspot.com.au (It previously had “de” where the “au” should be.

    I’m not sure if I’ve been able to correct it…I guess time will tell. 🙂

    • Mr Parrot 9th March 2016

      You’re right Lee, the address appears to be ‘de’which is a German server I believe. But the link still works and redirects to your website, although to confuse things further, when I get get there, it has a “co.uk” suffix as you can see from the link on my blogroll on the home page.

      Why that should be, I’ve no idea!


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