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Parents: Are You a Pickup Bandit?

When it comes to picking up your children from a friend's house, what's the proper etiquette?

Are you a pickup bandit?

, a columnist with Patch, about what she calls "pickup bandits"—parents who pick up their (mostly it seems adolescent) children from a visit or play date without so much as a hello to the hosting parent.

Is, as she writes, the formality of parking, coming to the door, making introductions and saying “thank you” a thing of the past?

What do you think? Have you ever done this or had it happen to you? Tell us in comments and take the poll below.

Watchdog March 28, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Generally people who dump their kids into every public and private program to avoid raising their kids themselves.
CJ March 29, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I always go to the door at dropoffs. The younger the child is the more important it is. I would feel strange if I didn't meet the parents (partially to make sure they are actually there...) and introduce myself. No matter what their ages. Also it helps to know when you should pick them up ;) Only once have we had a parent drop off a child and not say hello, but that was a 9th grader. While I was surprised I would have been shocked if it was done by a parent of an elementary school age child. And Watchdog is a troll. Read his other comments on other articles before responding to him at all. Don't feed the troll.
NewCityParent2012 March 29, 2012 at 07:43 PM
watchdog - u r very cranky perhaps a yogurt smoothie or cocktail for u this afternoon...lighten up Francis!
Scott Walters March 30, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I love for my children to socialize as much as possible. But they will not go on a DATE of any sort until they are well into high school...that has got to be one of the worst words ever created inthe English language. Call me buzzkill...
Lynne Gweeny March 31, 2012 at 02:20 AM
My husband is a stay at home dad and he never drops our kids off anywhere with out saying hello or thank you. When he meets with his weekly dads group the other dads seem to be in agreement.

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