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There are some truly sadistic kids around

There are some truly sadistic kids around and I believe it's due to bad parenting.

My quiet afternoon contemplation and chai latte was interrupted by primary school aged children who set up a cruel game of baiting a mindless scrub turkey with bread.

The two children lured the turkey towards them with each morsel of bread, until it was within easy reaching distance. They then brutally grabbed the bird by its wings and it flapped around in a panicked attempt to free itself. It was horrific to witness.

I looked over at the children's parents for intervention and was disgusted to see them laughing!

I glared at the children as I stood up and walked towards them, readying myself to take action (as their parents obviously didn't care).

I was just about to use my angry teacher voice, but my moving into "their space" coupled with a death stare was enough for the children to realise that their actions were abhorrent and spectators in the park were not approving of their heinous behaviour.

The turkey was released and the children squealed with delight as it ran away.

I lost my appetite for the chai and decided to leave the park. I was obviously in very bad company.

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