Eating PB Girl Scout cookies at church

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2008 - 2:38am
net_guru_2u2's picture
Joined: 01/26/2001 - 09:00

Last Sunday at church the people who ordered Girl Scout cookies got their orders, and the people behind us opened up a box of the peanut butter ones and not only passed them out on their pew but on the pew behind us as well. The woman behind us knows full well about PA and in fact runs the preschool where there have been PA kids. I couldn't believe she did that! Then to top it off the girls were opening the cookies up like Oreo's, dipping their fingers into the PB and licking it off, then when we stood up they put their hands on the back of our pew. I was a nervous wreck! That's when my husband took our daughter several rows back to sit with grandma. Luckily she didn't have any reactions. I wiped down the pew after church. We didn't know if we should say something or all of us get up and move or what? Just the smell of PB will give our daughter asthma issues -- a boy the Fri. before was sneaking and eating PB crackers in class right next to her and she started coughing non-stop and had to get Albuterol and be moved away from that kid when she came back to class. I was thinking of putting a notice in the church bulletin and/or worship program saying something like, "Let's keep the auditorium a safe place for everyone to worship -- please do not eat peanut butter/peanut cookies or snacks in the auditorium." I think people should be able to worship God in a safe environment and not have to worry about peanuts for an hour, and it's my opinion people don't need to be eating during the worship service anyway. This has happened a few times before, and you know it'll happen again. Can I have some advice? Suggestions? Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2008 - 4:39am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

I have seen parents give their toddlers snacks at mass and its pretty common. These are children that are 3-years old and younger. This doesn't seem to bother me too much
Now, passing out treats to the entire row and pew behind them? That's inappropriate, regardless of whether its a PB treat or not. She passed out cookies to adults and older children?

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2008 - 5:25am
pfmom2's picture
Joined: 01/22/2006 - 09:00

This really is bothersome. We had to leave church once because someone was eating peanut items right near us and there was no where else to move.

Posted on: Sat, 03/22/2008 - 4:18am
Ivycosmo's picture
Joined: 09/18/2007 - 09:00

I am the daycare provider at a church on Sundays. I have one child with severe FA's and I hand out an appropriate snack. There is NO food allowed in the church itself. I think that is the best way to go in keeping a handle on FA's, not to [i]mention[/i] how disrespectful it is to eat in church!!!

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