I may write too much crime fiction. I sure the clown wasn't part of the Sea World entertainment for a minute there. Glad I was wrong.
There is a local theme park here in Northern Utah called Lagoon. I've never really like it there, but the Gf works at a place that has "Lagoon Day" once a year. We used to go to that.
One year while I was there, I spent most of the day herding up lost kids and making sure they got to the "kiddie corral," a room beside the security office set up like a daycare. It's like lost and found for children. I don't think I ever saw fewer than a dozen in there. Some were in there for hours. The cynic in me thinks the parents lost them on purpose to get some free babysitting while they had fun.
None resisted me when I led them to the office, and most wanted to hold my hand. As an unmarried, middle aged, white male, I can't help but be a little self conscious about that. Ages ranged from about 4 to maybe 7. Only once was I stopped before I got there by a parent, and that parent thanked me for looking out for his kid. If I had a kid, I don't think that's the first thought that would come to mind if I saw a stranger leading my kid to the exit. But, then, I might not be wired right when it comes to that sort of thing.
At the same time, it's a scary set up if your mind works that way. The security office is about 20 yards from the front gate. Anyone walking out with a kid who gets stopped before then could claim he was doing what I was doing. Once past that office, any kid raising a fuss is "being taken home for being bratty." There's no security at the exit gate, but that is the only way out. (Unless you have wire cutters or the like.)
That's the first place I ever saw a family with t shirts that had a family portrait on the front. The resolution was good enough that you could ID the people in it, so if you found a kid, you knew who to look for. It wouldn't stop someone from abducting the kid by putting on a shirt bought at the park, though.
When you buy a pass, they give you a wrist band. I can't imagine is would be that hard to have someone check the bands to make sure the number on the kid's band is close to the number on the adults.
I'm Not Evil.
An evil person would do the things that pop into my head.