Calgary boy, 11, detained by security at Lego Store for committing the modern-day crime of being alone

Tadgh Dunlop is 11-years-old and, like a lot of kids his age, he loves Lego. He loves its nuances, and how the different pieces fit with the different sets, and he loves shopping for Lego, alone, with the permission of his parents.

But at the Lego Store in Calgary’s Chinook Centre that’s a big problem. Young Tadgh, whose house is exactly 4.8 kilometres from the Lego Store door, hopped on his bike with $200 in his pocket on a recent day and pedaled off to the mall to get some Lego.

Soon after his father, Doug, received a phone call from the store. Tadgh had been detained by store security. His crime? Shopping without Mom or Dad.

  • ntt1

    Sure and here in Squamish a child of four is threatened with children’s aid for splashing Ina garden hose nude by the RCMP. Th is the nub of neo fascism that will Grow out of progressivism

    • Frau Katze

      Playgrounds look nothing like I remember. All the equipment is different.

      • ntt1

        send your thanks to litigation lawyers who have created a chill on any fun equipment.

  • Jim Horne

    Would you agree?

    “The most disturbing part of all this which received no focus was that the boy was “detained” by store security. Accordingly, the question has to be what right does store security have to detain anyone who does not wish to be detained and has done nothing wrong. They can ask him to leave but they have no right whatever to detain him. Store policy may be of predominant importance to store employees but it doesn’t trump the law of the land and certainly not the Charter of Rights.”
    Commentor: Intrepid in the National Post

  • tom_billesley

    You can’t let a child under 12 years old go to a public library on their own.

  • Frau Katze

    That’s a real change from my childhood. We didn’t usually go to toy stores, but corner stores for candy or drug stores for comics. I remember doing this well below 12, more like 9.

  • simus1

    If their pervert liability insurance coverage is some cheapo version perhaps the store or mall could make the public more aware of the minimum age restrictions for paying customers.

  • canminuteman

    If my parents named me “Tadgh”. I’d kill them.