I would be very very concerned If a stranger gave my child money.
This is not usually socially accepted behavior.
I would be thinking the person has an ulterior motive of some kind.
I feel the same way.
A while back, there was a thread going on that spoke of a kindly elderly woman who walked up to a table where there was a child WITH his parents.
She gave the child a small amount of money, without consulting with the parents, and left the restaurant.
I felt this was setting a very bad precident.
In no way should a child directly be given money by a stranger....ever.
Some posters had used the argument that "it was just a kindly old woman"....really?
Or that if one of the parents had followed her and discussed why they didn't appreciate what she had done, her feelings might have been hurt. Well, God forbide they insult a complete stanger over the protection of our child.
How much easier, if we let children accept money from kindly old women, would it be for them to accept money from someone else with less noble intents.
The arguement came up that they would discuss with the child and teach him the difference....yes, children always pay attention to lessons, don't they?
Even in the case of family friends and relatives, where they wish to give the child some birthday money, christmas money, etc. I feel the parents should be made aware beforehand by the gift giver how much and when the child will be receiving the money.
I don't have enough detail on Davids story to give an opinion.
How old was the child?
Was the person next to him his mother or other known person who was caring for the child.