Parents, Please Don’t Let Your Kids Heely-Skate In Crowds

I’m just back from Trader Joe’s at NW 21 and Glisan.

While there, I noticed two kids, around age 10, skating around the store. Those new HeelySkates skates that are attached to shoes.

No one was hurt, but a couple of people had to get out of the way. You are reading the words of one of those people right now.

This is the third such incident I’ve noticed this week of kids skating in crowds. Lloyd Center a couple of weeks ago, and an out of town incident as well.

I have a few questions and thoughts on this issue

Question: Maybe it’s me, but is this skates-on-shoes a new craze?

Question: Given that some kids are naturally inclined to be excited hyper in closed in retail and other crowded envirnonments, isn’t the fact that those excitable kids can now wear skates-on-shoes that much of a force multiplier for how much ground some of these kids can cover?

Rant: It’s a matter of time before one of these hyper skates-on-shoes kids bumps into an older person who can’t get out of the way all that fast.

Parents, I don’t have anything specific against skates-on-shoes for your kid. But the potential for injury – a bystander or even your child- bothers me.

14 Comments so far

  1. Himself (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    They’re not all that new (been around several years), but the hype about their safety (or lack thereof) is really picking up: http://news.google.com/news?num=50&hl=en&scoring=d&ie=UTF-8&q=heelys&btnG=Search

    Common sense says if you wouldn’t let your kid roller skate or skateboard in a store, you wouldn’t let them use heelys either.


  2. Beulah Mae (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

    Just a slight movement of your leg in the wrong direction could teach a memorable lesson. :-)


  3. RedMolly (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    I have two high-energy, sports-enthusiastic little boys… and I cannot imagine what would possess parents to let their kids out in a (crowded!) public place with these things strapped to their feet. If you want your kids to be able to ride around the block or through the park with heelys on, that’s one thing, but this kind of reckless disregard for other people’s comfort & safety makes me understand why there are so many kid-haters out there.


  4. Cami (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Kids will be kids, they will wear them if they can get away with it, they will skate anywhere there is a surface that is skate-able.

    The problem is that parents need to take responsibility for their kids and put a stop to the rude and inappropriate behavior.

    Can you tell I’ve been slammed into in a crowded store by a kid on heelys? Can you tell that ten minutes later that same kid almost ran over my 5 year old who was calmly standing next to me helping me shop?

    Seriously people, if your kids have heelys don’t let them use them in places they could hurt someone or at the very least teach them to look where they’re going. Some manners might be nice too.

    Sorry, struck a nerve.


  5. David (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    We were all kids at some point, and we all did kid-things. Chill out a little, and let kids be kids. In the grand scheme of things, their faults are really quite minor. Soon enough they will be off to Iraq or some equally God-forsaken place to do unspeakable things to our “enemies.” Let them skate while they can.


  6. RAH (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Yeah, today it’s “let kids be kids”. Tomorrow some skating kid will slam into you and you’ll be suing Trader Joes for medical bills and emotional distress.


  7. Jay (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    It would be an awful shame to have my mid-yawn, outstretched arm connect with some 10 year old’s throat. Again.


  8. Annoyed (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    How come most of your blog posts are about grocery shopping?


  9. David (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    Rah, I have suffered many and varied injuries. Some of them were at the hands of others, and some of them were my own stupid fault. I have not yet sued anyone.


  10. jen (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 9:25 am

    The reason you’re seeing more kids wearing the Heelys is because it’s summer and school’s out.


  11. dietrich (unregistered) on June 24th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    I’m just back from I-5 at I-84.

    While there, I noticed two cars, late model SUVs, swerving around the lanes. Those new Dodge BiggerThanYou tanks that are massive.

    No one was hurt, but a couple of cars had to get out of the way. You are reading the words of one of those drivers right now.

    This is the three-thousandth such incident I’ve noticed this week of cellphone-talking drivers of something called an “Armada” driving like idiots in traffic. I-405 a couple of weeks ago, and an out of town incident as well.

    I have a few questions and thoughts on this issue

    Question: Maybe it’s me, but isn’t this so much more dangerous and annoying than anything a small child could do with some stupid skates?

    Question: Given that some drivers are naturally inclined to be stressed and pre-occupied while behind the wheel and other crowded environments, isn’t the fact that those psychos can now drive tanks that much of a force multiplier for how many accidents some of these idiots can cause?

    Rant: It’s a matter of time before one of these idiot truck-on-steroids drivers bumps into an smaller car who can’t get out of the way all that fast.

    SUV/tank drivers, I don’t have anything specific against your car. But the potential for injury – another driver or even your child- bothers me


  12. ElGordo (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 8:55 am

    I saw a couple of kids skating around in Home Depot yesterday, conveniently close to the circular saws. Parents were not paying any sort of attention. I kind of wanted to stick around to see if there would be any bloodshed, but my cashier was surprisingly swift. Oh well.


  13. Miz J (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    “Let kids be kids” as an excuse for these things makes me roll my eyes. Yeah, I *was* a kid – and my parents lived up to their job to teach me appropriate behavior in public, respect for other people, etc. Nowadays, it’s more like “let kids be in charge” – who’s running the show?

    And get off my damn lawn!


  14. warner (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    So this post and the one about pit bulls are kind of similar, yes? It’s all about the parents, or owners.



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