Received on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 "lunchtime" at Daffy's
I work on 57th & Madison and occasionally stop in Daffy's on 57th between Park and Lex at lunchtime. Every time I have entered the store it is full of nannies with strollers. More often than not, several of the children are screaming bloody murder, crying, and throwing tantrums. I've sometimes heard a nanny shush the child while she continued to shop, but, I have never seen a nanny stop shopping to calm the child down, nor leave the store when the child becomes upset. In fact, I once saw a nanny continuously dangle a ladies shoe at the child as if it were a toy, with no calming affect. I have seen the nannies step away from the strollers while the child is screaming in order to browse through racks of clothing. I have on occasion seen children not in strollers allowed to wander quite a distance from the nanny's view. The children are obviously miserable. Why in the world would they want to be in Daffy's I the first place? I'd like to try to be more specific about the description of the nannies, but the point is there are so many of them. There have been instances where I've witnessed a child scream continuously for such a great length of time (I'd say 15-20 minutes), that I was tempted to ask for the nanny's employer's phone number so I could contact them.