Parents, please keep in mind that you should NEVER take your eyes of your children, even in a shopping mall or a playground, you may not know if some creepers are lurking around the corner video recording or taking pictures of your child!
A Facebook user, Al Irfan Jani recently encountered a group of four men filming his son in an indoor playground of a supermarket. He shared his experience on social media to warn other parents to be aware of their surroundings in addition to looking out for your children in public.
Al Irfan recalled that he and his wife were watching his son playing in a ball pit with other children when be notice the four men looking at their smartphones and laughing among themselves.
Initially, Al Irfan did not suspect anything, but it eventually dawned on him that the men were recording his son when he notices the way the phone was held up.
He quickly but calmly told his wife to pick up their son, as he did not want them to realize that he was onto them. However, one of them urged his friends to leave after he noticed that the little boy was no longer in the ball pit.
According to Al Irfan, he wanted to confront the men over their actions but did not want to make a scene. So he discreetly chased after the men, but as soon as he sees that they were trying to make a run for it, he shouted,
“Wait! Wait! STOP! STOP!”
And he managed to corner them at the electronics section of the supermarket.
In an unusual display or courage, as all four men were much taller than he is, Al Irfan demanded they show him their “red ICs” or Temporary Employment Visitor’s Pass, typically issued to foreign workers.
All four men initially pretended they did not understand Malay, however, after about one minute asking for their identification, three of them produced their identification cards after one of them seemed to have gotten the hint.
For evidence, Al Irfan snapped photos of all three “red ICs” and took a photo of the guy who did not bring his passport nor identification card. You need to be bringing that around!
After that, he demanded to see all of their phones. However, only one phone was given to Al Irfan.
Nevertheless, he scrolled through the collection of photos and videos, to his dismay, Al Irfan found a mountain of photos and videos featuring various children in the phone, most of the videos were sneakily recorded.
“Does the mother of the children not realize that this ‘crocodile’ was filming her child while she was shopping?”
In front of the four men, he deleted all video and photos containing children while recording himself doing so as evidence.
His blood boiled over when he couldn’t find those of his son in that phone and demanded that they bring out the other phone as he remembered seeing two smartphones just now.
He quoted himself saying during the confrontation,
“Take out the other one, or none of you are allowed to leave!”
One of the men reached down into his pocket and produced another smartphone. Where he found three recordings of his son playing in the ball pit.
According to Al Irfan, one of the men spoke up and apologized:
“Sorry, boss… sorry… we didn’t know you cannot (take pictures) of children here.”
Deep down inside he cursed when he heard the words uttered.
Before letting the men go, he lectured them,
“Not just here, everywhere else in the world! Wherever you go, do not take videos or photos of other people’s children!”
Al Irfan urged parents to not be ignorant of their surroundings when they are in public with their kids.
“While I was watching the four men recording children in the playground, I realized that there were parents who let their kids play on while they were focused on their phones.
“Some only focused on their kids and neglect to pay attention to the world around them. Did you not realize that a group of foreign men were filming your child? Some parents also seemed to realize that they were recording but did not seem suspicious nor take action against it.”
“Next time, you have to be alert. Please forward my word of advice to your friends and family.”
So keep in mind people, be aware of your surroundings! Don’t stuff your face with your phone! Your child’s safety should be your top priority!
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