Please stop giving my kid candies!

I love Lidl shop. Ever since many years ago, we put our first step in Europe, I found every opportunity to shop at Lidl while travelling (great if you travel by car).  They have decent quality stock, not million choices but enough, great price – great for buck buying – I just shop groceries there, not clothes, etc.

A few months ago, we moved to Ljubljana, Slovenia for some program. As it’s EU country, Lidl is present. Oh yeh!  I started making my regular visits there, about once a week. Of course it is a fun experience for Zoey to go together, as she likes to sit in the trolley and eats croissant from bakery (btw, not bad quality at all, we buy quite a lot there).

One thing I could not stand anymore is:  at the checkout, the cashier always hands me one candy for Zoey. For sure I know they mean good, nice gesture to show kindness to a little girl – BUT  the reality is I DON’T WANT IT!  A few occasions, the cashier would ask me if the little one wanted one, I normally just said “no thank you.”.  A few times, they handed to me, I took them to be polite, but quickly hid them into my purse without Zoey noticing. However recent a couple of times, they just handed directly to Zoey!  And zoey was very happy getting one, asking me to open for her, last time she even torn the wrapper herself…  I didn’t want her to eat this kind of candy made purely of sugar, so i had to convince her to swap with small ice-cream. That was the deal.

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I am not that kind of mum stop kids eating all junk food, Zoey has tried McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell.. we visit ice cream shops quite often… but I don’t want her to consume unnecessary junk food if you know what I mean.  And I am not happy that a stranger give food to my daughter without consulting me, no matter they mean great or not.  I don’t know what to do? Should I put a sign in Slovenian on Zoey’s shirt saying “No Candy please.”?  since I could not say to them (the little girl can understand, but doesn’t read yet).

Have you had the similar experience? What might be your suggestion? 

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