On Halloween, police officers or police volunteers were driving a clearly marked Police/DARE SUV in my neighborhood. When they saw my daughter in costume, they pulled over and invited my daughter to come to the window and get some candy from them.
I understand that this was a well-intentioned act, but I still wish that it would never happen again. I absolutely do not want my child to get into the habit of taking candy from strangers in cars, but this practice sends a clear message to children: Sometimes it is OK to take candy from strangers that call you over to their cars.
Yes, I understand that there is a difference between a civilian in plainclothes and a police officer in uniform, and I think children understand that, too -- but still, this was not a good idea.