Odyssey Impact: A Mom's Post Leads To A Family-Friendly Change At A Local Mall

Odyssey Impact: A Mom's Post Leads To A Family-Friendly Change At A Local Mall

A Tennessee mall changed its policies after a local mom posted her story on Odyssey.
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When Tiffany Rawlin joined Odyssey, she set out to share her perspective—like everyone else on the platform. But when she wrote a post earlier this year about an unpleasant experience she had at the Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro, Tenn., she never expected she would be the one to prompt a serious change.

Tiffany, who is a part of the Murfeesboro, Tenn. Odyssey community, has been sharing her perspective as a young wife and mom since she joined in May. She’s covered every aspect of parenthood and family life from “11 Unexpected Parent Phrases” to “A Bad Mom’s Take On ‘Bad Moms,’” but when she and a group of mothers were disrespected at their local mall, she took to Odyssey to report on the wrongdoing.

She recounted the day she and a group of other moms took their children to the mall’s indoor playground area. When their kids started playing, security staff approached the group and asked them to leave the area.

Rawlin was baffled. Her plan of action was to leave a negative review on the mall’s Facebook page, and she would have stopped there had it not been for others who, over the course of several weeks, also spoke out against the mall security staff. They, too, had been asked to leave the playground after displaying completely normal and reasonable behavior.

Rawlin relayed one mother’s story in her post:

She had brought her oldest son, who has high functioning autism, prepared with books and school work to occupy him. While she was turned around trying to help her toddlers take their shoes off, a security guard asked her older son to leave the area immediately. Following orders, he did so. When the mom turned around, her son was nowhere to be found. Luckily he was not too far off, but things could have been much worse.

"I realized it wasn't a fluke lapse of judgment," said Rawlin. It was then that she decided something else needed to be done, and what better way to spread the word than on Odyssey? She wrote a post retelling her story and the other parents’ experiences. Soon, her network of parents and their networks began sharing the story on social media.

"I was seeing my article being shared over and over again by moms all around middle Tennessee, some I've never met," said Rawlin, who certainly wanted to invoke a change, but didn’t expect the story to gain as much traction as it did.

“When my article kind of took off, I remember wondering how big it could get... it was nice being able to see that we weren't the only ones having issues and that other people wanted change too.”

But it wasn’t just angry parents who took notice of her story. The post had circulated so quickly that within just a few days, the mall had also seen the post and issued this response on Facebook addressing the concerns of its frustrated customers.

Rawlin was ecstatic to find the mall had apologized, but it didn’t end there. The day after she posted on Odyssey, the Daily News Journal, a local affiliate of USA Today in Murfreesboro, picked up her story and even asked more parents for their perspective on the issue.

Despite her intention to spread word about the injustice she and her group experienced, "I never thought it would actually make change," Rawlin said.

After making a formal apology, the Stones River Mall has made changes in security staff and even started up special children’s events in August, adding a puppet show and a magic show to their calendar of events. And so far, no one’s been kicked off the premises since Rawlin’s post.

Rawlin realized after her post that one voice can be the beginning of an entire movement, and that perhaps if she hadn’t written about it, the mall wouldn’t have made the change. “While I know I'm not entirely to thank for that, knowing my words help make change means a lot.”

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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23 Common Misconceptions About Living In Georgia, Debunked By A Georgia Girl Herself

Georgians have a lot more to offer than just sweat tea and peaches.

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I moved to Georgia when I was only 5 years old.

I relocated from New England and it was a big culture shock for me and my parents. New England was all my parents knew, so they brought me up as a "northern." I mean, could you blame them? Gaining the difference of what my parents used to know as what Georgia was and what I was seeing growing up, I did not think Georgia was a great state to live in. Till my junior year of high school, a newer light of Georgia came to my mind and grew to tolerate the peach state.

I did not realize how much history Georgia has. The more I learned, the more I explored.

1. Sweet Tea

Not everyone likes sweet tea. It's so sugary. I prefer my sweet tea, UNSWEET, and that's a sin apparently.

2. Hillbillies

Not all of us are hillbillies, but that does not mean they don't exist in Georgia. I'm a proud city girl, not a hick.

3. Thick Southern Drawls

The only thick southern drawls come from the people that live in the mountains of Georgia and live in South Georgia.

4. Living In The Sticks

Georgia has so much to offer when it comes to living. There are apartments, town homes and houses in the city, cabins in the mountains, suburbs in North Metro Atlanta area, beach resorts near the coast, and so much more than just "living in the sticks."

5. Guns

Everyone does not have guns laying around in their houses nor have any at all.

6. Driving Pickup Trucks

You be surprised how many people don't drive pick up trucks.

7. Country Music

Not everyone likes country music here. I don't. Atlanta is known for their hip-hop and rap music!

Learning Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

Apparently, that's the only subject we learn in school. Please...

9. Confederate Fags

Wait, am I suppose to have one at my house and on my car? Did I miss a meeting about this one? Everyone does not own a confederate flag.

10. Republicans

Not all of us are republications. We have democrats, liberals, and nonpolitical.

11. The Word "Y'all"

This word does not mean you're stupid and can't say "you all." It's just time saving to say "y'all." Personally I don't say that word, I say "you guys" still.

12. Looking Down Upon People

Apparently southern people are stuck up if you don't have what we have. Which I have never heard of. But, with the "southern hospitality (#25)" we offer, we are very helpful when someone is in need.

13. Religious

Not all of us are southern Baptist, okay!

14. The Phrase "Bless Your Heart"

None says this unless you are from south Georgia and over the age of 60.

15. Racist

Not all of us are racist. Yes, we do still have a race problem here, BUT majority of us love all races and want all to be treated equally.

16. Georgia Peaches

No one calls females "Georgia peaches" unless you are not from Georgia.

17. Peanuts

We are the peanut population, but that does not mean everyone enjoys peanuts.

18. Wearing Camo And Hunting

Yes, there are some camo-wearing people, but not head-to-toe like you're thinking. There's a good portion that wear camo as a fashion statement. Example: camo-joggers

19. Atlanta

For the love of the city of Atlanta. It is not called "Hotlanta", unless you're an out-of-towner. It is not called the "Dirty South" and we pronounce Atlanta, Atlanna.

20. Savannah and Athens

Athens is home of the Georgia Dawgs and Savannah has quite the history, but these aren't the only places Georgia has to offer. From the Blue Ridge mountains, across the suburbs of North Metro Atlanta, into the different parts of the city of Atlanta, down in the plains of south Georgia, to the Atlantic coast, Georgia has different landscapes you can choose from.

21. The Summers

Not everyone loves it sunny & 75... 85... 95... The summers here can be brutal!

22. The Weather In General

One day it is sunny and in the high 60s, then the following day it's raining in the low 40s. Ms. Mother Nature is bipolar when it comes to Georgia weather.

23. Southern Hospitality

Southern hospitality does exist here, unless you're driving on our 7-lane highway... we're enemies.

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