Cholla, I agree with you, leaving children unattended in a store is child neglect. Letting your child run rampant should get you kicked out.
Strong wording and facial expressions will get the message to 99.9% of children, yours or not (same for adults).
I was raised in the age of spanking. I didn’t deserve any of them. My mother even apologized for all the beatings she gave me. In reality, when my father died there were 7 of us and all things being considered, I still don’t know how she (my mother) did it. So taking some beatings was going to happen, especially with a 3rd world Mom. She did the best she could. These days and age people should know better The topic was about the idiot who smacked the child. If someone ever laid a hand on my child, I would probably be arrested for aggravated assault with the intent to kill. Really.
I always carry a set of Nunchakas in my car, know how to use them, and a crowbar, and a pocket knife small enough to be legal (4 inches) but fat enough ( Bowie style) to do the job. I have been assaulted 3 times in the last 8 years from people I did not know or did anything to. The last time involved 7 Danbury Police and the other person was arrested, even though he never got in a punch and I got in quite a few.
You must protect yourself and be the ultimate advocate for you children and family, and sometimes friends.