I am completely incandescent with rage. My collection driver didn’t turn up today, so i rang up to ask for one. I got the manager, who came out suited and so on to collect my post bags, but then asked to speak to me.
Apparently, 1 or more of my drivers, of whom at least 2 are fathers and who all apparently say i’m friendly and approachable, have complained that the fact that Josie wanders around naked in the background is embarrassing to them. I’m supposed to stop this from happening in the future so that 3 men who come to my door for 3 minutes a day don’t have to feel awkward about a naked potty training 2 year old wandering about in HER OWN HOME. :wall:
Now, if one of them had said this to me, i might well have said “gosh, i’m really sorry, i should have thought that it might bother you.” Frankly, i’d be less offended to have got a complaint about ME – i’m often still in pyjamas when they arrive! But i cannot honestly believe that this can seriously be a big enough issue to warrant requiring a managers visit to my home, to tell me off, in my own home, about how my toddler chooses to dress, or not, as the case maybe.
I dress Josie about 4 times a day; if i put clothes on her in the upstairs lounge as they knocked the door (which is hardly practical), by the time i had handed all the bags out to them, she’d be naked and downstairs. She can let herself out of all the rooms, so quite honestly, my only option is to hold the door shut on the kitchen and keep her in there while she screams the place down so as to save their blushes. The manager suggested that i leave my parcels outside, but a) i send out a high value of stuff most days so it isn’t practical, b) then my neighbours will probably complain that my business makes the place look unsightly and c) it’s winter and winter means rain, snow and wet parcels.
It isn’t that i completely don’t get it; paranoia is rife and i suppose men are scared of being accused of things. But accused of what? She walks around in the background or holds on to my leg. They aren’t actually in the room with her, they don’t have to touch her, talk to her, look after her, be alone with her or do anything else that could put them in an awkward position – and her mother is there constantly.
You can just imagine what is going to happen next; this will actually be an opportunity to have a niggle at that woman whose children aren’t in school and before i know it, i’ll have a Social Worker round. 🙄 Some toddlers go through naked phases and while i don’t particularly like it given she has plenty of nice clothes, it’s a phase, Maddy went through the same phase, i’m not going to make an issue of it given all the sensory problems Maddy had; she’s warm, fed and loved and i’m bloody annoyed to have been made to feel like a negligent parent who has embarrassing children :rant:
I know we have to protect children from oddly inclined men and women, i know that we have to stop men and women of being unneccessarily accused but this is a 2 year old, not Fran and Maddy, FFS, i just can’t see any need for it. I mean really; do they make formal complaints to companies with skimpily dressed receptionists????
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I’m so mad about this that i can’t actually decide whether or not there is any justification about it at all; i’ve put the ball back in their court by demanding that they provide me with female collection drivers from now on but apparently that might be too difficult. Well, in that case, it is too difficult for me to keep clothes on my naturist 2 year old daughter then.