I really struggled today.
Not with the kids --the kids were wild & crazy as usual & thats no bother - I want them to be enthusiastic about nature. It's the 40 yr old man with a child that parks himself at my station telling me [loudly to be heard] manufactured stories of his friend with cancer that was gifted a pet chimpanzee by the zoo as a parting gift. And as kids eyes widen they ask if chimps can be pets & he leaps & says "yes they can! You can get anything you just need the permits. Chimps make great pets! You can train them & they wear a diaper". Ummmm please leave. Please leave. Please leave!!
I don't want my table or biz to be associated with any discussion of any primate or ape as a good pet. Biting my lip I could only repeat: "That story makes me so sad" & then talked louder of snakes & lizards until this adult child left.