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by Abigail Van Buren

Single Mom Fears Having a Child She Doesn't Want

DEAR ABBY: I am a delivery driver for a major pizza restaurant in Atchison, Kan. I've seen all kinds of things while delivering pizza, but one thing I've seen often, worries me.

Many adults send their small children to answer the door and pay for the pizza. I've had children as young as 3 and 4 years old meet me at the door with no adult in sight. One woman sent her 5-�year-old son to the door, and when there was a problem with the order, he had to get her from a second-floor bedroom!

One little boy even let me in the house, saying that he was the only one at home. I love children myself and don't have a problem dealing with them, but people don't know me. How do they know I won't try to abduct their child, or do something terrible to him or her? We read about things like that happening to children every day!

Abby, please tell people that if they want to let their kids "pay" for the pizza, that's fine, but they should be within a few feet of the child when the child opens the door. It could prevent a terrible tragedy. -- A PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER

DEAR DRIVER: Thanks for a valuable letter. You delivered something far more important than a pizza today.