Dear McDonald’s . . .

Are sex offenders allowed in the play area of your restaurants?

I didn’t even think about this until today. When I saw someone that is a registered sex offender in the play area, I wasn’t sure how to react. This person was there with a child, who may or may not have been his child. I’m not writing this in order to bring attention to this particular sex offender. I just want to know if it would be possible to have rules for adults in the play area.

It wasn’t that I thought he was going to do something terrible. However, I am not above dumping my milkshake on him and screaming bloody murder.

These days you don’t know what people are going to do. If my boyfriend hadn’t been there, I really don’t know if anything awful creeps into this person’s mind. No one really knows, do they?

So it made me think that there isn’t a policy for sex offenders at McDonald’s. Or is there? There isn’t a policy posted anywhere, either in the restaurant or on your website.

It seems like there should be something in place to protect our children. I like taking my kids to McDonald’s because I thought it was safe. Now I’m not so sure.

I sent you a letter also. I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Holley Perry

Social Responsibility    McDonalds.com

Old News is So Yesterday: NaBloPoMo

Which way was better: getting all of our news at a single point or two in the day, or the birth of the 24/7 news cycle, with news being reported all day long?

In my opinion, I like being able to get news whenever, wherever. It was ok to wait on the news before I had kids. Then kids happen and it becomes increasingly difficult to watch the news at a scheduled time. When they discover cartoons, forget it. Mommy time with the television is so limited and the newspaper is used mostly for craft projects.

At three in the morning, there isn’t anything else worth watching but CNN, unless there are “Pop Up Video” reruns on cable. Those were the good ol’ days – staying up with babies, watching the news and “Pop Up Video.”

This was on the entertainment section of CNN this morning. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since she passed away.

original photo by Pam Francis  http://www.pamfrancis.com/
original photo by Pam Francis
http://www.pamfrancis.com/

#FreeAustinTice

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http://www.austinticefamily.com/photos

It has been awhile since a news story has moved me to tears. It’s more than just a news story. The story of Austin Tice is about a real person who is a real journalist, with a real family. Tice has been held captive since August 2012. No one really knows where he is, except that we do know that he was in Syria when he disappeared.

Two years, almost three years, is a long time to go without a lot of the things that we take for granted. We know that he has not been in contact with his family. We don’t know how well he is eating or if he has had a shower. We don’t know the extent of abuse that he has endured.

We know that he should be returned to his family immediately. It’s been too long.

There is a campaign that was begun by his family to find Austin Tice. His family encourages everyone to sign the petition and do a blindfolded selfie with the hastag #freeaustintice.

The link is at the bottom of this page. Please sign the petition and do a selfie. It’s something that we can do to help bring Tice home.

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http://freeaustintice.rsf.org/freeAustinTice.php?lang=en#austin

weekend coffee share: so close to getting banned from wal-mart edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I didn’t get banned from Wal-Mart but I will be looking for a different photo department. I wasn’t that impressed with them before today. It was just convenient to go to Wal-Mart. After today, I’ll be lucky if they don’t sabotage my order.
I printed off a photo that I had taken, which also had a signature. Luckily, I took the memory card with me.
Do you think they wanted to look at my memory card, aka proof? No. They kept telling me about the signature and copyright. I kept telling them that I took the picture and put the signature on it. It didn’t sink in for several minutes.
After ten minutes of trying to explain, I lost my freaking mind. I yelled a bit. I was so aggravated that they weren’t listening.
Finally, a manager came over that knew what to do. She was like,”Yeah, we can check her card. If the picture is on there,that is her proof.”

Yesterday, I had a post published on Huffington Post.I’m pretty excited about it. I might have to find another letter K for the A to Z challenge.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holley-perry/koji-more-than-just-a-pre_b_6936588.html

Awesome Sign Off: NaBloPoMo

Most news reporters on television have a sign off statement. What would be your sign off statement and why?

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I haven’t decided on a sign off statement but it would be awesome or involve awesome in some way. It’s time for brainstorming, which can be awesome.

Let’s try some sign offs for fun.

  • Be awesome to each other.
  • May the awesome be with you.
  • One for all and all for awesome.
  • Awesome is within all of you. Let’s make a difference!
  • Stay awesome my friends.

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The word awesome was used 10 times in this post. Awesome!! (Oops 11 times.)