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Old 09-17-2014, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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Parents put baby at risk atop Pulpit Rock - GrindTV.com

Good grief. And the "debate" is whether a fence should be in place? Should we also remove all wild animals from national parks because a few irresponsible parents put their kids close to wild animals like they're in a petting zoo, etc.?

How about parents taking responsibility as the first line of defense?
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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I have certainly noticed that people (well, Americans, since I've never been to Norway) begin to get a theme park mentality when they are at natural attractions.

It's as if they forget they aren't in some Disney-created locale with safety precautions at every turn.

It just goes along with the general lack of self-awareness we seem to be cultivating.

And no, the Norwegians don't need a fence at Pulpit Rock!
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Finland
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They definitely shouldn't put up a fence, it would ruin the place.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I saw the picture for half a second yesterday and had to immediately close the browser. I have a real fear of heights, especially in environments such as that (all natural, unsure footing, etc). Combine that with the normal fears any parents has (especially with mine being almost the EXACT same age as the one pictured), and it was almost too much. My kid is a fast crawler, and I'm not exactly Johnny Lightning. At the distance the adults were standing, I couldn't guarantee I'd be able to get there in time to keep her from going over.

Man, I'm almost having a panic attack just writing this post! Gah!!!!!!

Mike
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:33 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Meh... a fence won't stop the stupid parents.

Here in Pittsburgh, a mom lifted her kid up over a protective fence at the Zoo, so he could "see the doggies better". She dropped him and he was killed by those African painted dogs.
Then they sued the Zoo. They made loads of money off their stupidity, and the exhibit had to be closed.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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My kid is a fast crawler, and I'm not exactly Johnny Lightning. At the distance the adults were standing, I couldn't guarantee I'd be able to get there in time to keep her from going over.
I agree. That was my 1st thought in that kids that age can crawl extremely fast. Unreal what people must be thinking(or not thinking).
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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Meh... a fence won't stop the stupid parents.

Here in Pittsburgh, a mom lifted her kid up over a protective fence at the Zoo, so he could "see the doggies better". She dropped him and he was killed by those African painted dogs.
Then they sued the Zoo. They made loads of money off their stupidity, and the exhibit had to be closed.
And the people who made a bad choice get rewarded with money?
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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There are fences around one of the big waterfalls in Yosemite National Park, and there are still idiots who climb over them to take photos and die from the fall.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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Here in Pittsburgh, a mom lifted her kid up over a protective fence at the Zoo, so he could "see the doggies better". She dropped him and he was killed by those African painted dogs.
Then they sued the Zoo. They made loads of money off their stupidity, and the exhibit had to be closed.
This is the very first thing that came to my mind when I read the OP!
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:49 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I saw the picture for half a second yesterday and had to immediately close the browser. I have a real fear of heights, especially in environments such as that (all natural, unsure footing, etc). Combine that with the normal fears any parents has (especially with mine being almost the EXACT same age as the one pictured), and it was almost too much. My kid is a fast crawler, and I'm not exactly Johnny Lightning. At the distance the adults were standing, I couldn't guarantee I'd be able to get there in time to keep her from going over.

Man, I'm almost having a panic attack just writing this post! Gah!!!!!!

Mike
My heart is also racing. I think I have some sort of fear of falling that's triggered by certain visual cues. You could dangle me over the Grand Canyon from a helicopter and I'd be fine, but I would have issues with walking near the edge, even with a rail. I can't see other people get too close either.

There's a baby on a cliff! Can someone please photoshop a fence into the image so I can go about my day?


And all those people out there on that rock…does the Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire mean nothing to them?!Old Man of the Mountain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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