Ok, so yesterday was my second wedding fayre. I had 4 cakes on display, one of which was a super fragile piece (my avatar photo). I knew it was fragile and was completely prepared for a bit of accidental damage but having survived a 3-day cake show on display with thousands of people walking past, I figured that it should be fine for 4 hours when I am within 2 feet of it all the time. What happened totally shocked me. A family unit (including grand parents) came around and the little girl (I say little, she was about 12 years old) walked up to the cake and literally just took two fingers and pulled off a bit of the cage! No hesitation, nothing. Then, as if somewhat proud of herself, smiled, laughed and ran back to her parents who didn't so much as acknowledge me, let alone apologize - they laughed too! It was all 'over' in under a second and I didn't have time to react but I was totally shocked!! I know kids do stupid things but I cannot understand the parents' behavior. Thankfully, the damage was minimal as she chose to do it in a place which by change was re-enforced but it could have been a total disaster if she had literally done it a centimeter higher.
How do you all mitigate against this kind of thing? Do you use 'please don't touch' signs? I have some but always felt it was a little rude somehow, and I'm not sure people would heed the notice anyway?
Needed to vent this one a little as I still find the whole thing a bit much to get my head araound - I don't have kids yet but all the children I do know wouldn't dream of touching something like that - or rather their parents would have told them they mustn't. x