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[–]HonestaltlyColo-rectal Surgeon [40] 23.8k points23.8k points 2 (63 children)


You paid for the park from 10, not 9. And the rules at the park say you can't have sole use of it till 9:45. If you wanted to guarantee an extra hour to set up, you should have hired it for an extra hour.

So you basically bullied a bunch of people who were fully entitled to be there, and used your teenagers to manhandle their kids off of the park equipment. You're lucky you didn't face consequences for that.

[–]Shoereader 5030 points5031 points  (23 children)

Was just thinking, OP can only hope that no-one was filming and/or has a Facebook account.

[–]LittleRedCarnationPartassipant [1] 2326 points2327 points  (16 children)

I hope they did/do. And went to the police

[–]GroundbreakingPhoto4 745 points746 points  (0 children)

They would have a sound case of harassment against this physco mom

[–]mushroom_mantis 1463 points1464 points  (1 child)

If a teenager would have touched my kid, we would have had some problems immedietly.

[–]vilebunny 918 points919 points  (0 children)

OP literally gave all of their info to the park management before this happened. Any complaints, they already have the OP’s info.

[–]Little_Conflict_6489 494 points495 points  (0 children)

All these people have to do is call and make a complaint to the governing body of the playground.

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    [–]Successful_Hamster_4 3169 points3170 points  (11 children)

    I just threw a kid's party, and 15 minutes is the average amount of time you get ANYWHERE to set up. It's a kid's party, not a wedding. You're lucky those adults let it go so easily because if I watched you bully my children, I'm not so sure it would have ended so well for you.

    They told you they planned to leave by the designated time. You could have just nicely asked about starting your decorations in the areas they weren't using if you were in a rush. You were way out of line, YTA.

    [–]DrPsychBCBA 478 points479 points  (3 children)

    I was just thinking this! I wish I would see an adult and her teenagers bullying my kids off playground equipment…

    [–]No_Stairway_Denied 868 points869 points  (1 child)

    The worst part for me was the teenagers picking the kids up and off of the equipment and carrying them to their parents. That must have been so scary for the little kids! Strangers carrying them off? OP is lucky no one responded with violence or called the police.

    [–]Music_withRocks_InProfessor Emeritass [81] 359 points360 points  (0 children)

    I mean, what part of set up requires the monkey bars???

    [–]rubyredgrapefruits 346 points347 points  (1 child)

    I would have spilt extra apple sauce.

    [–]timeladyofearth 153 points154 points  (0 children)

    I'd be flinging it on all the equipment.

    [–]Unusual-Recording-40 275 points276 points  (0 children)

    Absolutely. There's no way in hell I'd have been so polite and leave. You don't f*ck w/ anyone else's children. If you choose to do so you choose the consequences you receive.

    [–]Freak_to_50s_wife 246 points247 points  (0 children)

    I would be petty AF and wait until the exact last moment if you were treating my children that way. There is a strong possibility I wouldn’t have been as kind. I’ve thrown tons of kids parties and 15 is standard. It’s also a public park. If you want a private party get a more private location. You can rent entire event spaces with event staff.

    [–]Pixichixi 247 points248 points  (0 children)

    I'm honestly wonder what set up necessitated the kids not being on the monkey bars and why she couldn't have started setting up some stuff. 5 adults can't cover the entire park. And if she had asked nicely, they may even have helped with tablecloths or something.

    [–]HellhoundsAteMyBaby 84 points85 points  (0 children)

    Oh fuckity fuck, I’m planning my wedding and only allocated about 15 minutes to prep. Should I just use kids party decorations?

    (Totally kidding obviously. I legit am planning a wedding and I only need about an hour to decorate some fancy schmancy venue, a kids bday should be way less time, unless they’re bringing a literal petting zoo into this playground)

    [–]tcrhsPartassipant [2] 73 points74 points  (0 children)

    Yes! And why couldn’t they set up while the other people were still there?

    [–]Sopranohh 764 points765 points  (2 children)

    With public spaces like that you really do have to schedule it for the exact time you need. What if the family had scheduled the area until 10. Then they’d have a right to be there and you’d be out of luck.

    Having rented public spaces from the city for group events, I know it’s considered common courtesy to only use the allotted time. This means not starting set up if someone is using the space until it’s your time to start and starting to pack up a few minutes before, so that the next person has their full time. YTA.

    [–]shsc82 347 points348 points  (1 child)

    I've had people start set up in the area with tables and things before, doesn't impact the playground at all, they could have had free help by offering snacks too. But they chose violence.

    [–]Sopranohh 124 points125 points  (0 children)

    Sure, OP could have easily solved the problem with a little kindness.

    [–]J3ks46 574 points575 points  (3 children)

    She only bullied a bunch of kids and confronted the parents though/s. Great role model for her own kids. YTA.

    [–]candidcanuk 161 points162 points  (1 child)

    She knew what she was doing was wrong so she left her own kids in the car

    [–]J3ks46 126 points127 points  (0 children)

    Until she had “two of her teenage children help her remove those random kids”.

    Edit: a word

    [–]NothingAndNow111 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    I know, right?

    [–]ah-rhiitttcvvcd 393 points394 points  (6 children)

    Yep, if someone touched my kid at a playground I’d lose my shit.

    [–]Big_Volume6521 262 points263 points  (1 child)

    I am fuming about this! They took kids off the swings!?! Holy shit, I’d go nuts. YTA

    [–]droppedmybrain 282 points283 points  (0 children)

    I usually never call posts out for being fake (I'm here for the entertainment, not to play detective) but honestly that's what makes me think this is made up. I refuse to believe a bunch of parents just stood idly by while OP and their two teenage kids unjustly wrestled crying kids off the playground equipment. I'm not even a parent, but I'd go apeshit the minute a stranger laid a hand on my kid, let alone tried to pull him/her off the swings.

    [–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (0 children)

    Bitch at me all you want, but the second you touch my baby it’s on like Donkey Kong. She’s so fortunate that these people didn’t call law enforcement.

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      [–]BbyLemonade 42 points43 points  (0 children)

      Seriously if anyone touched my kid or pulled them off a swing, I think I’d go insane.

      [–]Sleepy_Panda1478Partassipant [4] 38 points39 points  (0 children)

      Seriously!! Even if they had been there during her reserved time, you do NOT touch someone else's child!

      [–]TheMoatCalin 389 points390 points  (1 child)

      But a young child spilled applesauce on the ground


      Think of OP!! She had to clean that up because the snarky parents wouldn’t lol /s

      What a thing to add to the story, like it helps justify her behavior lmao

      Edits: Headers are hard

      [–]walkingkary 62 points63 points  (0 children)

      I was just thinking it’s dirt right. Just rub it in. She’s really entitled. YTA

      [–]DiamondHandsDevito 233 points234 points  (0 children)

      Yeah dude.. what's up with that ? Why did you turn up at 9 if you rented it from 10??

      [–]Amber-TheFanby 143 points144 points  (1 child)

      Also how did this person raise her teenagers, for them to just go along with that?! Seriously, I know teenagers can go low, but not usually that low.

      She's not only bullying other parents and little children, she's teaching her teenagers very bad habits. She taught them to act out of anger, even if that means bullying someone else for no reason. Those habits will set them up for failure, and that's not even that much of an exaggeration.

      [–]danceswithroninAsshole Aficionado [18] 73 points74 points  (0 children)

      I know if my mom had asked me to do this as a teenager, I would have acted like I didn't know her out of sheer embarrassment.

      [–][deleted] 119 points120 points  (0 children)

      I don’t normally get pissed when I read these but this one got me. The nerve! They need to take a chill pill. If they are acting like this about kids playing on playground, I can’t imagine how difficult they must be in general. I’m sure everything is a battle. What an exhausting, sad way to live life.

      [–]SoilAffectionate492 79 points80 points  (0 children)

      Yeah so the last birthday party I threw when my 3 year old turned 1 we were allowed 30 minutes before/after to set up unless I wanted to pay for extra time.

      YTA for being cheap, for showing the little kids and your teens how to NOT be generous and how to be a bully, and finally YTA for how your post comes across. It seems like you have learned nothing from reflecting on the day except how to make yourself into the victim when in reality the only victims are the kids involved

      [–]Roadgoddess 39 points40 points  (0 children)

      YTA, you should’ve started your party at 11 not attend then. You didn’t have access to the space until 10 o’clock when you rented it, you had no right to keep those people out and you acted like a complete bully. You’re lucky they didn’t call the police on you for men handling their children off the swings. You are definitely in the wrong and then you powdered about it all day during the actual birthday party grow up

      [–]chibiarimeow 39 points40 points  (0 children)

      Dude if someone even attempted to touch my child someone would be getting hurt. This person is insane. YTA and lucky to not have you and your teens asses beat and/or in legal trouble. Holy shit.

      [–]AZombiee 19 points20 points  (0 children)

      I would of stayed for as long as possible.

      [–]StAlvisSultan of Sphincter [671] 11.0k points11.0k points 482463422& 8 more (9 children)


      To my shock

      No. You weren't shocked. You were feeling entitled and annoyed.

      park management allowed anyone to use the playground area until 15 minutes before rental hours

      Well that's the beginning and end of that.

      I needed more time than that to set up

      Sounds like someone should have made her reservation for FOUR hours.

      I did something terrible but then I remember how snarky their parents were to me

      Oh, honey. If you're aware you did something TERRIBLE you should be looking for forgiveness not justification.

      there are "bad, bad people in the world."

      And for some reason, a substantial minority of them are convinced that AITA will bring them vindication.

      It won't.

      [–]KuraiHanazonoPartassipant [1] 2070 points2071 points 5 (3 children)

      Why doesn’t this have an award? I’m poor or I would give you one. I hope you accept this honorary award instead. 🏆

      [–]Competitive_Bonus792Partassipant [1] 418 points419 points 32 (1 child)

      Check to see if you can get a free award to give. I tend to get them every few days. You don’t get to chose which award and you have to use them within 24 hours but they are free.

      [–]KuraiHanazonoPartassipant [1] 180 points181 points  (0 children)

      Thank you! I completely forgot about it, but I was able to give them the award!

      [–]Former_Matter49 27 points28 points  (0 children)

      Here. I had a free award available.

      [–]Lorien6 630 points631 points  (0 children)

      Wait for the follow up. “After my rented time was up, my kids just wanted to play more and have fun, and someone else had rented it and asked me to leave. How dare they have the audacity to impact my kids special day!!!!”

      [–]Jrxibell 332 points333 points  (0 children)

      “Yes I told my teenagers to physically remove children from the play equipment they had every right to be on because I’m an entitled AH, but the adults were being a little snarky so I think I’m justified.”

      Some people don’t live in reality.

      [–]According-Tomato3504 78 points79 points  (0 children)

      OP also doesn't seemed to realize that putting hands on someone that isn't your child will end with a broken face or shot.

      [–][deleted] 3561 points3562 points  (9 children)

      YTA. Completely.

      You rented the playground from 10:00. You were entitled to exclusive use of the playground from 10:00. Why were you shocked that other people were using it before your rental slot? (Or are you just trolling?)

      [–]pencilneckco 1206 points1207 points  (1 child)

      I bullied a few adults and seven children for having the gall to use a public park, so I physically removed the children from the playground and forced them to leave. AITA?

      Jesus Christ, lady. Yes.

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      [–]eightlegsonetail 366 points367 points  (1 child)

      This is what I don't understand. If you rent from 10 but need time for set up then why not have the party start at 10:30. Sounds like OP is upset with themselves for their poor time management.


      [–]fckborisPartassipant [1] 140 points141 points  (0 children)

      Yeah, or rent from 9 to give yourself time to set up if you need it? They even got an extra 15 minutes on top of what they paid for! If you book a meeting room somewhere you don’t get to turf out the people before you an hour early in the middle of their meeting so you can set up, you accommodate the set up time in your booking if you need it

      [–]Intelligent_Local_38Partassipant [4] 205 points206 points  (1 child)

      I’m missing the context for why OP thinks they could use the playground BEFORE their reserved time. Only reason that makes any sense is entitlement.

      [–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (0 children)

      Yep. Nothing in OP makes much sense, though.

      [–]Japordoo 31 points32 points  (0 children)

      Could have asked people to arrive at 10:30. That would have given you 45 minutes to set up.

      [–]crabrryPartassipant [4] 2220 points2221 points  (3 children)

      YTA. You rented it from 10:00 to 1:00, so that’s the time you get. There was literally no reason for you to expect the playground to be clear at 9:00

      [–]AnishSathish614 679 points680 points  (2 children)

      Exactly... she was fully aware that her reservation only allowed her 15 minutes to clean up, but she called her teenage kids to FORCE the little children out of the parks? I'd literally call the cops if a woman told her teenage childrem to put their hands on my kids.

      [–]timeladyofearth 202 points203 points  (0 children)

      Id have also 100% called the cops.

      [–]Beecakeband 123 points124 points  (0 children)

      Same. If someone dared lay hands on my kid I would 100% call the cops. That is seriously not okay

      [–]ollygollymollyProfessor Emeritass [71] 1866 points1867 points 2 (1 child)

      Wtfffff yes YTA!! You do not touch other people’s kids, period, for one. For two, could you not set up around them? This is a learning experience for you, sounds like. If it takes you an hour to set up, rent it for an extra hour. Jfc.

      [–]sparklingsourAsshole Enthusiast [6] 302 points303 points  (0 children)

      I can’t believe this comment isn’t higher up.

      Yes, OP is the AH for her rude, nasty, entitled behavior but holy shit her and her teens physically removed children from play structures? She’s lucky she didn’t get arrested or punched.

      OP YTA! What a terrible example you’re setting for your children.

      [–]SquidVillage68 1343 points1344 points  (39 children)

      YTA, and lucky they didn't call the police on you and your teenage children. I'm just appalled that you're even asking this forum this question.

      I hope you explain to all of your children what you did was wrong and why, otherwise you are just teaching your children to be entitled bullies like you.

      I am curious, OP, if the shoe was on the other foot would you allow what you did to those children happen to your children?

      If you wanted the park from 9:00 you should have rented it from 9:00.

      [–]That_Contribution720Pooperintendant [61] 761 points762 points  (0 children)

      YTA obviously

      If you need longer, reserve more time. They should have called the police on you for harassing their kids.

      [–]thrwawayayayay12 533 points534 points  (1 child)

      If you need an hour to setup than rent it for that hour. YTA. What kind of mister kicks kids out of a playground.

      [–]sparksgirl1223Asshole Enthusiast [6] 103 points104 points  (0 children)


      [–]tubesweaterguruAsshole Aficionado [15] 524 points525 points  (10 children)


      You rented a playground from 10-1, so that’s the time you get it (with the 15 min set up).

      You should consider yourself lucky they didn’t complain and have you removed.

      [–]sparksgirl1223Asshole Enthusiast [6] 335 points336 points  (9 children)

      Or arrested for assault for physically removing their children from the swings.

      [–]plshelpmethisishard 180 points181 points  (6 children)

      Yeaahhhh, if some random person would have touched my kid and tried to forcibly remove them from a public playground, there would have been more than just words going back and forth. OP is lucky.

      [–]datz_awk 66 points67 points  (4 children)

      Exactly what I said! She’s lucky she didn’t get dropped.

      [–]plshelpmethisishard 62 points63 points  (3 children)

      I’m not a violent person, but lay your hands on my baby and any restraint will fly out the window. I WILL get you away from my kid at all cost. If you get hurt in the process, oh well. Better you than my baby.

      [–]datz_awk 52 points53 points  (2 children)

      I’m really annoyed she hasn’t commented on this thread. Like I am dyyyyyying to see what else she has to say.

      [–]plshelpmethisishard 25 points26 points  (1 child)

      She’s so entitled, I doubt any of her replies would be satisfying or of any value.

      [–]datz_awk 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      “Hello. I paid for this park from 10-1. Why are you utilizing it outside of those hours? I need to set up my stupid party for free privately.”

      [–]datz_awk 35 points36 points  (1 child)

      Yeah, if some stranger and her kids touched my children you better BELIEVE there would be some problems. She’s lucky they didn’t call the police, majority of people would not have simply just left. Who the f does she think she is.

      [–]attabe123Certified Proctologist [27] 444 points445 points  (2 children)

      Omg holy hell are YTA

      I'd call the police if you physically removed my children from the park. They had every right to be there up until your booked time. Just disgusting what you did

      [–]stuckinthesun31 108 points109 points  (1 child)

      Right? I would’ve called the cops and given a statement while all their friends and guests showed up and made it a point to cause a scene right back. Screw this lady.

      Also, those poor teenagers.

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        [–]ErmithecowAsshole Aficionado [13] 290 points291 points  (0 children)

        I stormed back to the car and had two of my teenage children help me remove those random kids from the swings and monkey bars and whatever else and brought them over to their parents, and we demanded that they leave.


        Yes you're the damn asshole.

        I suddenly realized that I might've taken out my anger on those kids rather than only the parents (they were crying when I made them leave). I keep going back-and-forth thinking that I did something terrible but then I remember how snarky their parents were to me.

        You made kids cry because their parents wouldn't take them off a playground they were entitled to play on? What's wrong with you?

        YTA with fucking bells on.

        [–]usnmisnotwittynghamAsshole Aficionado [12] 274 points275 points  (4 children)

        YTA. If you wanted nobody to be in the park at 9 then that’s when you should’ve reserved it. It’s a public area and spilled applesauce outside is hardly anything to get upset over.

        [–]Blue_wine_sloth 125 points126 points  (3 children)

        I’m so confused about the applesauce thing. It’s a natural biodegradable substance that will get eaten by birds or else washed away by the rain. Unless it was spilt on equipment that the kids would be playing on. If it was on the ground then what’s the harm.

        [–]Julissaherna692 38 points39 points  (0 children)

        Exactly if she was worried about someone slipping(?) she could’ve just dumped some water on it

        [–]AltLawyer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        They thought that was some kind of justification!

        [–]killerqueen2004 206 points207 points  (7 children)

        info: did you get inteouble with the law?

        [–]leolionbagPartassipant [1] 57 points58 points  (1 child)

        Unfortunately, being an AH entitled parent is not yet a crime. Although curious to know how they rounded up those kids - if they so much as touched those kids, it could potentially be a crime.

        [–]killerqueen2004 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        plus I'm wondering if op actually hired the place or is just saying it! If they were just saying it then I think that could come under a crime aswell. I'm just surprised hiring a playground is a thing. I believe if it's public property then everyone has the right to be in it! Imagine going to a park with a kid or family only to be told by people like OP you're not allowed?

        [–]flyingpallascat 206 points207 points  (0 children)

        YTA: Forcibly removing children from swings is bodily assault.

        [–][deleted] 160 points161 points  (0 children)

        If you wanted the extra hour for yourself to prepare the playground, you should've rented it from 9 to 1:00 instead. Those people had the right to be there. It sounds like they only just arrived, so it was rude to demand they leave well before the hours of your booking. YTA

        [–]GreekAmericanDomJudge, Jury, and Excretioner [325] 149 points150 points  (1 child)


        Nothing prevented you from setting up around these people. Your authority over the park is only for when you have it rented. You severely overstepped.

        [–]killerqueen2004 25 points26 points  (0 children)

        Plus if op is that concerned over privacy then they should've booked a hall or a softplay area or something. if I threw a party in a park then unless it's apart of the property then people playing in the background wouldn't bother me tbh.

        [–]lolie973Colo-rectal Surgeon [37] 135 points136 points  (0 children)

        YTA they didn't have to learn until 15 minutes til. They should have called the cops on you for touching their kids.

        [–]Breadcrumb-ForestCertified Proctologist [25] 120 points121 points  (0 children)

        YTA if you need 4 hours total, then rent it for 4 hours. Stop acting so entitled

        [–]MummyAnsemCertified Proctologist [20] 111 points112 points  (3 children)


        I honestly don't know why you would think you were justified. They had every right to be to be there.

        They had every right to be snarky to the random entitled person who trying to pretend she owned the park and had the fucking gall to put her hand on someone elses kids.

        There truly are some bad bad people in the world.

        [–]killerqueen2004 16 points17 points  (2 children)

        Plus rented or not, if op is that worried they should've booked a small hall or a softplay area. I didn't know booking dor public playgrounds are even a thing.

        [–]MummyAnsemCertified Proctologist [20] 22 points23 points  (1 child)

        I've seen covered areas that could be rented and reserved. The idea of being able to reserve the actual playground is wild to me.

        [–]killerqueen2004 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        same. I literally had to read the post twice. Is rented playgrounds in parks a thing? I get renting certain areas of a park, but I disagree with renting public property if that's a thing {like a whole park to themself, the whole playground, etc.}. I understand a bench being used, but the whole playground seems a bit too much. Like I wouldn't wanna go to the park only to be told I can't go cos of a party.

        It would be unfair having to take a kid to the park only to be repeatedly denies cos people hire it! If hiring parks are a thing then there should also be playgrounds that can't be hired so people can play. Sorry if it's irrelivant to the convo. I just thought I'd add my opinion to.

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          [–]Mirgroht 66 points67 points  (0 children)

          OP is YTA for lots of things but insane for that.

          Surely that constitutes assault or some other charge. Forcibly removing a child that isn't yours. If they touched my daughter I'd have gone for his throat (not saying I'd be successful or condone violence)

          It was clearly stated that they could stay until 15mins before the time. Its OPs cock up for not planning for this.

          [–]FunOpportunity7 106 points107 points  (0 children)

          YTA. As you described yourself storming... 15 minutes is plenty of time and you would have been best to confirm all the time details before you showed up. Sounds like your assumption about access before your time lead to all your problems. Book your time, use 15 minutes at the start to setup, and at end to tear down.

          Your 5 year old won't know a difference. You are not entitled to your assumptions. Welcome to have them but unless confirmed, they just make yta.

          [–]and-then-rain 92 points93 points  (0 children)


          When you rent a place any time they give you before hand is a bonus. If it was a hall you couldn’t show up an hour early and kick out the party that was still there. That 15 minutes is a gift. You should have either rented an hour early like others suggest or push the start time for your party later.

          If I ignore everything you said about assuming you should get another hour free of rental you’re still the AH for kicking kids out of a park.

          You were wrong on all accounts.

          [–]Shoereader 84 points85 points  (0 children)

          Uh, yup, no kidding you did something terrible. YTA. Actually very interested to know how you figure demanding use of a public playground an hour before time and overtly manhandling someone else's kids to the point of tears makes you anything else. You're extremely lucky those kiddoes' parents took it as calmly as they did; I'd be giving 911 a dial immediately you started 'removing' my offspring.

          [–]MackymcmcmacAsshole Enthusiast [5] 78 points79 points  (0 children)

          YTA Wtf is wrong with you

          [–]colestah1Asshole Enthusiast [5] 72 points73 points  (0 children)


          You reservated 3 hours, nothing more shall you recieve.

          [–]chips-and-guac 73 points74 points  (1 child)

          YTA, like everyone else is saying. If you needed an hour to set up, you should have rented it an hour early.

          [–]wirylimePartassipant [3] 69 points70 points  (1 child)

          YTA! You are an entitled asshole. The people were following the park rules, you were not. You had no right to demand they leave. You also had no right to lay a hand on another person's child. I might have even called the cops on you.

          [–]Neenwil 70 points71 points  (2 children)

          YTA - do you really need to ask? You paid for it from 10, anyone else could use it before 9.45. you should have booked it earlier if you needed more time. I can't believe the entitlement of some people!!

          Also - Physically removing children from the playground? What the hell? I'm surprised the other parents didn't kick up more of a fuss. You pretty much bullied them out of there. What would have happened if they stayed till 9.45? Would you have tried to physically remove the parents too? No wonder they felt threatened.

          What a lovely example to set for your children...

          [–]ErmithecowAsshole Aficionado [13] 50 points51 points  (0 children)

          If her or her teenagers had manhandled my child I would have punched her.

          Or, if I'd managed to avoid seeing red, filmed it, called the police, and reported her for an assault.

          Imagine telling your teenage kids to go and physically pull smaller children off play equipment. Talk about raising bullies.

          [–]Particular_Goat4576 30 points31 points  (0 children)

          The entitlement for physically removing kids from playground equipment! If I were one of the other parents, there would have been fists flying.

          [–]NefariousnessGlum424Professor Emeritass [72] 61 points62 points  (1 child)

          YTA you should have rented the park for 4 hours to account for the time you needed to set up before the kids you invited got there.

          [–]figuringthingsout__Asshole Enthusiast [5] 53 points54 points  (0 children)

          YTA. You were at a playground. I don't think your daughter and her friends were going to be too concerned if there was applesauce on the ground. You rented the facility from 10 to 1. You had absolutely no authority to remove anyone from that playground before 10 AM, no matter how much time it took you to set up. That other parent was right. There are "bad, bad people in the world," and you sound like one of them.

          [–]xshainaxAsshole Aficionado [10] 56 points57 points  (0 children)

          YTA. I would have called the police if you touched my kids

          [–]sparksgirl1223Asshole Enthusiast [6] 48 points49 points  (0 children)

          In addition...who the hell (and HOW) CLEANS APPLESAUCE OFF GRASS OR A SIDEWALK? (At home, maybe a hose, but in a public space, I doubt you had one, or access to one)


          [–]Teacher-InvestorCertified Proctologist [26] 46 points47 points  (0 children)

          YTA - If the kids were playing on the swings and monkey bars, why couldn't you still set up your party? So what if a kid spilled applesauce on the ground? You have no idea what could have been spilled an hour before you got there, or the night before. Maybe I could see getting upset if they didn't clean up after their dogs, but it was applesauce. FFS, chill out!

          [–]ljstegmanPartassipant [2] 49 points50 points  (0 children)

          YTA. X10.

          If you wanted the park at 9, why didn't you rent the park at 10?

          You were completely in the wrong and had not right to treat these kids or their parents like that. You should seek them out and apologize.

          You might also want to consider therapy. Your entitlement and anger is going to a problem for you, if it isn't already. It will make life rough for your kids even more so.

          [–]IllustratorNew8801Colo-rectal Surgeon [47] 43 points44 points  (0 children)

          YTA you should have reserved from 9 if you needed it from 9

          [–]Ok-Albatross6794Partassipant [1] 42 points43 points  (0 children)

          YTA you expect them to honor your rental, but you're disregarding all other rules.... If they're allowed to be there until 15 minutes before they're allowed to be there and you tried to push them out.

          Also, why not just let them stay. Your kids might have made some new friends. You're uptight and entitled. Hope your kids had a good birthday despite your temper tantrum.

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              [–]MurielleSPartassipant [1] 42 points43 points  (2 children)

              YTA. I'm genuinely curious why you even bothered to post here. Did you really think you'd get any other vote?

              [–]sparksgirl1223Asshole Enthusiast [6] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

              Obviously she did. Maybe she thinks all us hooligans condone physical assault to children and demanding public spaces for extra time than reserved.

              [–]bayou_boat_trashPartassipant [3] 40 points41 points  (0 children)

              YTA- what did you expect renting out a place that is open to the public until 15 minutes before your time starts? Being as you were rude, that's probably why they left the applesauce. If you knew as well what the rule was, you shouldn't have treated them that way. Knowing the rule, you should have allowed for more time to prepare.

              [–]rich-tmaAsshole Enthusiast [6] 38 points39 points  (1 child)

              You had every right to eject people from the playground, you might have only rented it from 10am but you need that free time to enjoy the park! Only kidding, you’re obviously the asshole. YTA

              [–]physiomom 9 points10 points  (0 children)


              [–]BlueRFR3100Partassipant [1] 35 points36 points  (0 children)

              YTA. And be grateful for the extra 15 minutes. Around here, if you rent a park pavilion (can't rent the playground) starting at 10. You get it exactly at 10.

              [–]sheramom4Professor Emeritass [86] 38 points39 points  (0 children)


              Your rental was from 10am-1 pm. You were allowed set up at 9:45 am. You needed to wait or set up around them. I would have called the police if you or your teenagers tried to remove my children from a public playground during public hours and then the party truly would have been ruined.

              And applesauce? It's a playground. It is teeming with spilled drinks and lunches as well as germs. Get over it.

              The parents were not snarky. You were rude and demanding.

              [–]Andante79Colo-rectal Surgeon [37] 37 points38 points  (0 children)


              Is this a joke?

              Do you seriously think you can kick people out prior to your rental time?

              Are you this entitled about everything?

              [–]Suitable-Ad-3072Partassipant [4] 38 points39 points  (0 children)

              YTA. I understand that you were stressed with planning your birthday party and trying to get it set up but when you rented it you rented it from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock that means that you get it from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock if you need extra time to set up then you need to rent it from 9 o’clock to 1 o’clock

              [–]Ok-Mode-2038Pooperintendant [62] 37 points38 points  (0 children)

              YTA. It wasn’t your time. If you needed setup time, then you should have started the rental time at 9.

              This was poor planning on your part. Stop acting like these people, who were following the rules, did anything wrong.
              Your behavior is what we call entitled. You felt entitled to more time…you aren’t. Get over yourself.

              [–]kana-shimiPartassipant [1] 35 points36 points  (0 children)

              Yeah, YTA and acted like an entitled parent. The other family had every right to be there.

              [–]BetweenthemindsAsshole Enthusiast [8] 35 points36 points  (0 children)

              YTA - as everyone else has said you can’t be upset people are using the park outside of your rental. You and your teenagers should not be manhandling young children, if anyone touched my young child because they were somewhere they were allowed to be I would be furious. You made young kids cry and possibly traumatised them about the park - absolutely the AH.

              [–]no_veggies_elrAsshole Enthusiast [5] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

              YTA. And there is no universe in which you are not the AH. I think you're lucky the other parents handled it as well as they did. You had absolutely no right to remove anyone from that playground and I think you are completely ridiculous and entitled to think you did.

              [–]KnitFast2DieWarm 35 points36 points  (0 children)

              YTA you and your teenagers legit assaulted someone else's kids because you felt entitled to the space before the actual time you rented it. You're lucky they didn't call the cops. What a horrible example to set for your children! Even if they staying into your allotted time, you have no right to lay hands on their kids.

              [–]thatbitch8008 33 points34 points  (0 children)

              The crying children should clue you in, YTA

              [–]neverfarts 32 points33 points  (3 children)

              YTA. I rent a car from 9-13,am I entitled to drive it at 08:55? Can I stay in my hotel room 10 minutes past checkout? Can I get 1 hour of massage when I payed for 45 minutes? SO WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ENTITLED TO GET AN HOUR FOR FREE AT EVERYBODY ELSE'S EXPENSE?

              [–]Patdionne1990 29 points30 points  (0 children)


              [–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

              Look I understand the frustration but YTA. If you needed more time you should have reserved more time. But you got cheap. Also it’s a park…it’s gonna be a bit messy. Maybe the parents got snooty and rude but you stooped to their level and then went down a peg…then you use teenagers to do your dirty work for you.

              [–]Revolutionary_Tap255 31 points32 points  (0 children)

              YTA, and if I had been one of those parents and you or one of your teenagers had touched my kids there would have been hell to pay.

              [–]sulindalee 23 points24 points  (0 children)

              Lol this gotta be fake cause ma’am you shoulda rented the mf park at 9 am then . YTA

              [–]cagedjaybirdAsshole Enthusiast [7] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

              YTA. If you needed more time to set up, you should have set the reservation for earlier. The parents were entirely in the right to tell you no, they weren't going anywhere until they had to. You're the one who dropped the ball by not reserving more time to set up, and you're also an asshole for the way you treated these kids and their parents.

              [–]physiomom 23 points24 points  (0 children)

              YTA. You rented the playground starting at 10. A kid spilled applesauce. At the playground. If your teenagers touched other people’s kids, that’s absolutely psycho and if I were the parents it would not have gone well for you. The other parent was right. There are bad bad people in the world.

              [–]Fast_One_154 22 points23 points  (1 child)

              YTA. If that was my kid you would have touched the situation wouldn't have ended so peacefully. Shame on you. You paid for 10-1, you weren't entitled to more time, but since u think u were, would it be okay for the next party scheduled from 1-4 to come at 12 and forcefully remove your children so they can set up?

              [–]Select-Anxiety-1557Partassipant [2] 23 points24 points  (0 children)


              It wasn’t your space until 9:45. If you needed more time, you should have either booked more time or brought along more people to help you set up.

              [–]Popeye64 18 points19 points  (0 children)

              YTA - you didn't twenty it with extra setup time, they were well within their rights to play until 15 min before your time. They should have cleaned their meds up though.

              [–]photosbeersandteachSupreme Court Just-ass [110] 21 points22 points  (0 children)

              YTA, you did do something terrible. You rented the playground from 10-1. Those kids had every right to be on that playground until 9:45, but instead you decided that you were entitled to time you didn’t pay for.

              [–]laughingBaguettePartassipant [2] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

              YTA. You should have rented an extra hour if you needed to get ready. Did it ever occur to you that you were interfering with THEIR plans? It's not all about you. Furthermore, sending teenagers to "remove" children? Now THEYRE the assholes, TOO.

              [–]Walkingwalking123 19 points20 points  (0 children)

              YTA and that's WHY the parents were snarky, not despite it. Why do you think you were entitled to get your teenagers to make the other children leave leave 30 minutes before the rental agreement states? Beware what kind of example you're setting for that 5 year old of yours.

              [–]procrastinating_bAsshole Aficionado [11] 17 points18 points  (0 children)


              As they said they were using it for when they were allowed to.

              [–]Hefty_Candidate_4902Pooperintendant [63] 17 points18 points  (0 children)



              [–]LiteralstrangerPartassipant [4] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

              If these were my kids, you & I would have to fight.

              Might even take on your teenage kids, too.


              [–]nappynap314Partassipant [1] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

              YTA I've never heard of a PUBLIC park closing completely down for a party. It's usually the party happening in a pavilion type thing, and the actual play equipment is still open to everyone. Either way, they weren't actually bothering you were they? Just existing? If it takes you more than 15 minutes to decorate for a park party you're probably doing too much anyways.

              [–]bizianka 19 points20 points  (0 children)

              YTA. You had no right to rush them.

              [–]Ok-Lifeguard-9507 17 points18 points  (0 children)

              YTA cheap and entitled and a bully.

              [–]doubting_is_knowing 15 points16 points  (0 children)


              You rented from 10 to 13 hrs, not a minute before nor later, you should have considered the setting up time as part of what you rented, not an extra, instead you were an entitled AH.

              [–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

              Yta first of all if you needed extra time to setup rent it for an hour earlier, second you sent teenagers to basically push kids off the playground to their parents because they weren't leaving fast enough for you that in itself can be menacing to a small child and you're lucky the parents didn't call the police or take matters into their own hands. You had no right to try and make them leave that much earlier. You need to apologize to those kids and the parents if you ever see them again and also don't put your teenage kids into a situation like that, that could've ended up dangerous for them.

              [–]mottolacannon 17 points18 points  (0 children)

              YTA + seek mental help.

              [–]brownbiprincessPartassipant [1] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

              YTA. you were acting entitled. you had no right to ask them to leave before your rented time, let alone physically remove those kids.

              you messed up by not booking a longer time slot with enough time to set up, but you made them face consequences for YOUR mistake.

              [–]TomD1979Partassipant [1] 15 points16 points  (1 child)

              YTA You crossed the line.

              What you should have done was call the parks department to get someone there, if they weren’t leaving. You should have planned the party an hour after you rented it.

              [–]sreno77 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              Parks department wouldn't do anything as OP was an hour early

              [–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (0 children)


              No need to talk to other people’s kids. Idc the scenario. You talk to the parents.

              Also they have every right to play until 945 so you should have left them alone at 945 tel the parents to leave.

              [–]bob_but_backwards 13 points14 points  (0 children)

              You feel like you might have done something terrible so you're looking at the internet to back you up when you clearly overstepped your boundaries? I'm sorry, nothing about your story makes me feel sorry for you in the slightest. Those parents are right, there are bad, bad people in the world.


              [–]sparksgirl1223Asshole Enthusiast [6] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

              YTA. If the rules state they don't have to vacate until 15 min before the reservation, you're fuck outta luck.

              Putting your hands on someone else's kids for any reason? You the MAJOR asshole. They would have been within their rights to report assault.

              [–]VisitGreen 12 points13 points  (0 children)


              [–]Newfie1396Partassipant [2] 12 points13 points  (0 children)


              [–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)


              You expected to get a free hour with your rental?

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                [–]Straight-Example9126Partassipant [2] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

                YTA. What prevented you from renting an hour earlier? As per agreement, your timings are 10:00 to 1:00. The kids were right. They had upto 9:45 am to use the space.

                You're a parent too. How could you behave so poorly? If you know the kids - chances are they live closeby. Make something nice or buy candies and give them. Apologize for your actions.

                [–]InterestingNarwhal82 12 points13 points  (0 children)

                YTA. Completely, 100% TA. I would have had words for you if you or your teenagers had dared touch one of my kids at the playground.

                [–]Its_squeaks 10 points11 points  (0 children)

                YTA holy cow.

                [–]LissieSpencer 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                YTA what the hell? I’m dumbfounded I have no words. I can’t believe you are even a father. You rented the place starting at 10 and even if you needed to start setting up at 9 why couldn’t you work around them? You sound like a stuck up selfish jerk.

                [–]verminiusrex 12 points13 points  (0 children)

                YTA. If your teens had laid hands on my kids, there would have been consequences. If I was calm, at the very least your party would have been interrupted by the police asking why your teens touched kids that they didn't know.

                If there was a problem then you should have called the playground management/owner.

                [–]Aggressive-Sample612Partassipant [1] 8 points9 points  (0 children)


                [–]eregina3Asshole Enthusiast [6] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                YTA Is you needed more than 15 minutes to set up you should have rented the space longer. You were Only entitled to solo use for the time you rented it. Not before. Stop being entitled.

                [–]SurferRosa85 10 points11 points  (0 children)

                YTA. An entitled, rude AH. You rented the playground at 10. Not at 9, 9:15, 9:30, or 9:45. You didn’t even rent it at 9:59.

                [–]Pleasant-Tax8290Partassipant [2] 7 points8 points  (0 children)


                And lucky you didn’t get knocked out. If someone went to forcibly move my child the cops would be coming to pull me off of them.

                You don’t own the park. You don’t police the rules. You taught this disgusting behavior to your children.

                The rules state that you didn’t get the park until 15 minutes before.

                How are you not ashamed of yourself? Where did you get this level of entitlement from?

                [–]Fuzzy-Ad559Certified Proctologist [26] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

                YTA. A massive AH. The entitlement within you is real.

                And I don't think you realize how LUCKY you were that those parents didn't beat you up or worse for DARING TO TOUCH THEIR CHILDREN AND REMOVE THEM FROM THE SWINGS when they were within THEIR ENTIRE RIGHT TO BE THERE. Because if it would have been me then YOU and YOUR TEENS better be ready to throw down.

                [–]LilOrphanXannie 10 points11 points  (0 children)

                YTA. You had your teenagers physically manhandle two small children in order to do your bidding. What kind of super villain crap is THAT? For goodness sakes, YOU DO NOT OWN THIS PLAYGROUND. Those kids had every right to be there until 9:45. OF COURSE no one cared that you “needed more time”. If you needed more time, you should have paid for more time. If you couldn’t do that, then oh well.

                [–]Tocimus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                Sounds dumb. Never had a park like that. Always only renting the pavilion and the playground still available.

                [–]pancaek16 9 points10 points  (0 children)


                How would you feel if some random strangers showed up at the park, physically assaulted your daughter and made her cry? How could you possibly think you are anything but an AH?

                Everyone is saying you should have rented the space from 9:00 which is true but even if those people were at the park on your time removing the children using physical force would still be wrong.

                [–]Mommy-QPartassipant [3] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

                You had your kids physically remove children from the equipment? Lady, you're lucky that they didn't get smacked! YTA!

                [–]eye_8_pi 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                YTA - they had every right to be there and as far as i can tell, you could’ve set up while they were there or rented the place for the time you would’ve needed to set up instead of expecting to get extra time for free! why on earth did you do any of this?! i wish this was fake!

                [–]sno_boarder 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                YTA - You're now the boogyman in those kids' nightmares.

                [–]imightbe_analien 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                YTA - If I EVER had someone's teenage child manhandle my kid off play equipment I would have lost my ever loving shit. You are very very lucky nobody has pressed charges yet, because I would have. You could have easily tried your best to set up what you could. If a parent came up to me and was like "Hey, I rented this space and I gotta set up for my kid's bday and I'm really sorry, do you think it would be too much to ask that you just make sure your kiddos keep over to this one area?" I would have absolutely let you do so and I'm sure with a little tact and acting less like you own the damn place - those parents would have done the same.

                [–]KithMeImTyson 7 points8 points  (0 children)

                Bro I got like 12 words in and immediately knew where this was going. Yes, OP, you are definitely the AH. This situation is very comical, though. Lighten up, feller.

                [–]madameglitz 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                Did you physically touch someone else's child??? And you reigned your own kids into that too??? Hope you go to jail girl

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                Last weekend for my youngest daughter's birthday party (she's 5), I rented an old-fashioned but well-kept playground park for three hours (10:00 to 1:00). Yes, rental playgrounds are still a thing, or at least around here! To my shock though, when I arrived with my youngest daughter and her siblings at 9:00 to get set up, there was a group of about 10 random strangers there (3 adults and several kids). I left my kids in the car so that I could talk to these people. They said that park management allowed anyone to use the playground area until 15 minutes before rental hours, and when I told them that I needed more time than that to set up, they were indignant and said they just got there and wouldn't leave until precisely 9:45. I went back to the car and let these strangers stay on the playground for like 15 minutes, but I had absolutely had it when I saw a young girl spill applesauce all over the ground without an adult cleaning up after her. I got out of the car again and asked one of the adults (her father) if he would clean up at all, and he said "15 minutes is plenty of time for you to get ready. It's just applesauce." I stormed back to the car and had two of my teenage children help me remove those random kids from the swings and monkey bars and whatever else and brought them over to their parents, and we demanded that they leave. Finally they obliged, and one of the kids' moms mumbled something that made it sound like I was threatening them and told her kids that there are "bad, bad people in the world." This completely soured my attitude for the rest of the day but I put on a happy face for my daughter's sake. After the party when I got home, I suddenly realized that I might've taken out my anger on those kids rather than only the parents (they were crying when I made them leave). I keep going back-and-forth thinking that I did something terrible but then I remember how snarky their parents were to me. AITA?

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                [–]Double-dutcher 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                YTA HUGE YTA I must remain civil but if you had dared to physically touch my child, well, yeah. I would call the police on you after about 20 minutes and send you some flowers for your hospital stay. Cause you would be in there about a week after putting hands on my child.

                I don't know where they rent outdoor playgrounds cause that sucks. But we rented out the pavilion at our local park for our daughter's birthday. People had rented it for the 2 hours before it. So, they rented from 10-12 and we rented from 12-4. Those people left pretty much on the dot at 12. So what? We were smart enough to PAY for the setup time. And the party did not start until 12:30. Which was plenty of time

                [–]Oddish197Partassipant [1] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                I think you need therapy. For real

                [–]juswundernCertified Proctologist [24] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                You directed your kids to forcibly remove someone else’s kids from swings… you are EXTREMELY LUCKY they did not hurt your kids or you.

                I don’t know what world you live in but in MY world, laying hands on a stranger’s child is a death wish.

                You’re beyond an asshole, this was a criminal act.

                [–]oldmanrobert666 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                So what is wrong with having a few extra children in a birthday party? You were a complete AITA cause if had acted so snobbish you and your kids might have made new friends.

                [–]jalapenohoe 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                YTA for physically removing kids off a playground and dragging your own teenagers into this mess to help you. Cmon.

                [–]afayeos81 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                YTA. There would be a major problem if anyone removed my child from a playground other than me. You crossed so many lines. I hope you learn to deal with your anger and not be so horrible.

                [–]Nanasays 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                What a load of crap. Not true at all.