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Old March 31st, 2007, 11:48 AM
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All this time I have been frequenting these boards, I kept seeing reports of kid's playing in the elevators, pushing all of the buttons and just basically being nuisances. Well to honest since I had never seen any of this taking place myself I kind of wondered if it had not been exaggerated or if perhaps people had an overactive immagination unitl now. On my recent NCL Sun cruise I had the misfortune to aome across two unsupervised youngsters having an absolute ball pushing every single button in the elevator andthen sending it on its way, so the person who catches it at the next floor ends up stopping at every floor on their way up. So I walked up behind them and told them that since they had so much fun pushing all the buttons they could enjoy the ride up with me. So there I was with a captive audience on the longest elevator ride of these kid's lives. I got to lecture them for the entire ride on how rude and inconsiderate their behavior was. I also got to tell them that my 83 year old father whose had one knee replaced and needs another replaced would find standing and waiting a long time for the elevator to get there or waiting for it to get where its suppose to be going would be a painful experience and I really wanted to help them understand how their actions, can affect others.
They apologized profusely, and from that point on everytime I saw these two boys there were model citizens... I ran into them once while they were with their parents and they had that deer in the headlights look like "please, please don't tell our parents"
How much fun can you have in an elevator eh?
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Old March 31st, 2007, 12:09 PM
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I like that story BW. Sometimes all it takes is an honest-to-goodness talking to to make kids realize the consequences of their actions. Too bad parents wouldn't take that responsibility.

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Old March 31st, 2007, 03:47 PM
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Good for you, BW! Don't know what the fascination is for kids to do this. On one of our vacations, we were in a condo on the 9th floor. My DS, who was 16 at the time, absolutely loved getting into the elevator directly in front of me, and holding me at bay, while he pushed all the buttons! :evil: Of course he had to stop at every floor with me, but it turned into quite a game for us!
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Way to go!!! What a great example you are to kids who needed redirecting.

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I agree with your logic and actions but.... I don't want to ride in an elevator with you.
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I agree with your logic and actions but.... I don't want to ride in an elevator with you.
But Michael, there are people who pay good money to get lectured to! this one was free!
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I agree with your logic and actions but.... I don't want to ride in an elevator with you.
Beenie Weenie, I heartily endorse your action. Instead of a lecture, I would have been more likely to go for keel hauling the monsters.
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Good Job!!!

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I have another take on this...would I call these kids, montsers, no...If they were, they would have talked back, showed attitude, and, could have cared less what was being told to them, and voiced just that.

Instead,they apologized,and acted like the good kids, I bet there are.

I think they just had a "moment," like many adults

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Good job Beenie! When we last sailed the "Mariner of the Seas" we had the problem of too few elevators, too many passengers, and the elevators that did work were taken over by the monster kids. Sure wish you had been on that cruise! You could have been busy the entire seven days! I'll have to remember that tactic, however I won't be sailing a Voyager or Freedom class again anytime soon.

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Trip,
You hit the nail on the head. They weren't monsters, they were just kids, being kids. They were doing what 90% of unsupervised children will do and that is to cause mischief. I was young once, and I did more than my share of causing trouble, so really in the bigger scheme of things, this is pretty mild child's play. I would much rather cruise with a boatload of these little "monster's", than a bunch of drunken adults or worse yet... amateur college students who think they're in a professional drinking bingefest.
Considering this is our second spring break cruise, I am encouraged that this was the worst behavior we witnessed from children. I cannot say as much for the "over 18 crowd".
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I have another take on this...would I call these kids, montsers, no...If they were, they would have talked back, showed attitude, and, could have cared less what was being told to them, and voiced just that.

Instead,they apologized,and acted like the good kids, I bet there are.

I think they just had a "moment," like many adults

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You're absolutely right.

And in the grander scheme of thngs, these children really did not cause any harm. A bit of inconvenience, maybe, but no real harm.

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I had a similar elevator experience on Jewel of the Seas last June. I let them know how aggravating it is to have to go all the way up before we could go down and how inconsiderate it is for people waiting. They were suitably chastened and almost had the look of the light dawning when foeced to think about the effect their mischief had on other people. I did see them a few more times and they didn't mess with the buttons again. I used the same tone and "mother's look" I used on my 5 kids years ago--4 of them boys. :eek:
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Way to go Beenie Weenie!

This is why Beenie's adorable children have been on five cruises, with the oldest being 6 (?), right Beenie?

I am gonna post the pics soon!

Way to go girl! I'm going to remember this on my next cruise!

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