Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Robin's Nest Review

I am posting this for parents of kids with Autism. Many many many of our kids are attracted to trading card games like Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, etc. When I was searching for a safe place for my son to play I thought I had done my due diligence. My son had played at Robin's Nest (a local card shop) every weekend for about 5 years. Sunday when he went in, the owner told him that he was banned from the store. My son called me in tears and asked me to pick him up. Upon my arrival I went in to speak with the owner. She stated she had not banned him, but her "help" had. (her help is her husband by the way) due to the fact that "he wasn't happy there." The real issue is, my son has autism, he has very black and white thinking, and the store had been violating some trading deck policies by selling promo cards. My son simply stated to friends that this shouldn't be happening. The owner told me she'd rather sell them than throw them away. So? Why was my son "banned"? For following rules and having ethics. The owners systematically used special needs kids and young adults against each other to gather the info needed to ban certain kids from their shop. When I questioned that, the owner replied, this is my business. I can do whatever I want. Yes, you sure can, but not with my son. If you have a special needs kid or young adult, I would highly recommend you rethink sending them to Robin's Nest.


Shari said...

Good for you. The best thing you can do is tell the world what is happening and how it affects your child. I think everyone should aviod Robin's Nest because they clearly don't do business in an ethical way. It's not just special needs children being taken advantage of in that place.

Kim Arden Horta said...

Brennan is an awesome young man. It is this store which is going to miss out. If only people with the same ethics can shop there, I am sure shoplifting and pilfering etc will soon put them out of business. It is almost always hard to stand up for what is right, but it sure helps you sleep at night. Love Kim