I've written numerous times that society overindulges the irrational fear and paranoia of housewives who troll the internet all day looking for sex offenders in their neighborhood and frighten their communities with erroneous facts and stats on the dangers posed to their children by these men. Because it's "all about the kids," as Bill O'Reilly would say, community leaders and legislatures respond by proposing rules and regulations that have no legitimate predicate and produce no tangible results. Other than to erode civil liberties drip by drip. Today's example of how these crazy moms are destroying civil society comes from Arizona.
A 74 year-old man, Dr. Omar Amin, is in a Scottsdale Barnes & Noble children's book section. He's not bothering anyone, he's simply browsing for books. An unnamed woman complains to an employee that she is "uncomfortable" with this man being there and the employee asks Dr. Amin to leave. He informs him that adults unaccompanied by a child are not permitted in the children's section. Dr. Amin asks for some posted sign or policy of this and is told a woman complained at his presence. He asked to speak to the woman. He is refused.
The L.A. Times reports, "The employee asked whether I’d heard about kids being molested in bookstores and I said I didn’t. Maybe I should have picked some strange kid to go to the store with me so they would leave me alone," Amin said. "I don’t know how that works.” When he refused to leave he was escorted out of the store.
Dr. Amin is a grandfather of two young boys who live in Wisconsin and was shopping for presents. He is a doctor and administrator of a local health center - not that this should be particularly relevant. A Barnes & Noble executive called to apologize but Dr. Amin wanted an apology from the Scottsdale store and to see the reprimand letter the company issued against the offending employee. They refused.
Why did this incident happen? Because society caters to and indulges these insane women who see child molesters in every corner of their lives. It's these mothers who successfully lobby their local city councils and state legislatures for stronger laws based on these types of irrational and unfounded fears.
A grandfather, shopping for books for his grandchildren, is now considered "creepy." That is now the norm and standard. Until large swaths of society slaps these women back, stops indulging them and treats them like the hysterical kooks they are, this sort of craziness will continue.