I watched a little girl nearly die last year from this ladder "tradition." My boyfriend and I were watching Nyx on the neutral ground at Magazine and Napoleon. It had rained all week, and the ground was muddy and soft. The little girl was sitting on top of a ladder right next to one of the new bead dog installations, which was fenced off by plastic orange construction fencing cornered by rebar. The ladder began to tip over while her (drunken?) dad wasn't paying attention, and her head was falling straight down toward one of the rusty rebars sticking up. My boyfriend managed to catch her before she hit and sprained his wrist in the process, but it was a much better outcome than seeing a toddler's brain impaled on a fence post. I've had a strong distaste for all the parents who let their children perch atop ladders ever since. I'm all for the dangerous -- not to mention inconsiderate and obnoxious -- practice being outlawed.
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