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Bad Parent Sighting: Bloody child beatdown in WalMart

Back in the day when Uncle Zeroboss ran the site he had a feature called ‘Bad Parent Sightings’. These were stories he received from readers about Bad Breeder sightings they would encounter during their day-to-day activities. Just like the er-mail we received this week from a reader from north of the border…

I’m a Canadian who,occasionally, crosses the border into the US with a friend of mine for the sole purpose of doing a little shopping. You all have better deals and way more cereal choices than we do! Anyways, yesterday was one of those days. My friend and I left the kids home with their dads and headed off to the Wal-Mart.

I had a super day checking out the products we don’t have, loading up on treats and buying my oldest son his birthday present ( a Lego set he wanted which was only available in the States). When I got to the checkout, a family of a mom and five young children pulled up behind me. They were all really close in age and were shoving each other as children do. I smiled at the little girl behind me putting the articles on the strap.That mom looked absolutely overwhelmed. She was alternately yelling at the kids, who were all pretty dirty and generally unkept.

I know it was a Sunday afternoon and maybe they were playing and got dirty, but the image was more of neglect than of kids just getting dirty from playing outside. Every time the mom would get annoyed with one of the kids, she would get in their face and shout. The cashier was just shaking her head and mouthed over to me that they are there all the time. The mom would take a kid by the upper arm and squeeze when she was yelling at them. She stopped when she realized that my friend and I were staring at her. At some point, one of the kids that was sitting in the carriage kicked another of the kids, a little boy maybe four years old hard enough in the mouth for the kid to start bleeding. The kid just quietly whimpered and the mom didn’t even turn around.

I told the mom, your kid is bleeding, ma’am. You need to rinse his mouth out to see how bad it is. She then turned to the kid who had kicked her brother, a girl maybe seven years old, and gave her a good telling off. While the little boy continued to bleed there. Again I said, ma’am, your son is bleeding. There’s a fountain right there (a water fountain about five feet away in front of the cash register). I asked her if I could take him over to rinse his mouth out. She looked at me and shook her head no. The poor kid just continued whimpering and the other girl who got yelled at started laying in on her little brother while her mother turned her attention to another kid who was touching something in a candy rack and started giving her what for.

I looked at that little boy with the bloody mouth and felt so very low and sad for him. I have three sons and I can tell you that had any one of them gotten hit hard enough in the mouth to bleed, they would have screamed the store down. Especially at this little guy’s age. The fact that he was so quiet about it, and, worse, didn’t seem to expect anyone to help him just broke my heart. I want to think that these kids were just dirty from playing hard all day and mom was just frazzled at being in a store with five little kids, but it just seemed like there was an air or neglect and anger from mom to the kids and the kids to each other.

I left the store with a heavy heart, my pleasure at all the treats and toys I had bought for my kids entirely gone. I knew that my kids had a good day at home. My husband, I found out when I got home, had taken them and the dog to the dog park that day. They had come home and gone for a bike ride. They then went to my parents house for supper and spent the rest of the evening building Lego with dad.

I don’t want to judge this lady and presume I know what’s going on, or even label her a bad parent. I know what it’s like to have kids drive you crazy in a store and to lose your temper with a kid. But not like this. Not squeezing and upper arm and getting in their face to yell. Or completely ignoring a silently crying one who’s bleeding. This doesn’t compare to anything on this site, I know. But I still think that if someone reads this and recognizes themselves or someone who they know and it makes them realize that in public we only see the tip of the iceberg of what happens at home, maybe people will keep a closer eye on their neighbour’s kids. I wish there was something I coud have done, and it really left me with a bad taste in my mouth that I left this little boy silently crying and bleeding.

Also, I wanted to commend you all on the good work you do here on this site. When we read stories on your site, it’s often too late. But stories like those little kids at Wal-Mart, well, those kids are everywhere.

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Bad Parent Sighting: Mom Seeks Live-In Child Molester on Craigslist

Invisible DarknessThanks to Sandy at spit up and shut down for forwarding this deeply, deeply disturbing item from the Orange County Craigslist forum. A mother identified only as is seeking a “mature adult female” to watch her 15 year old daughter for six months while mom goes out of the country to work.

Here’s the breakdown of this fetching position. Mom apparently doesn’t want to pay a woman to babysit. All she’s offering in return is shelter and food. But hey, you barely have to do ANYTHING to win a six-month unattended audience with a young schoolgirl! “Your only responsibilty will be make sure my house is safe and keep a watchful eye on my teenage daughter at the same time keeping me posted on her daily activity via email or phone. I will be in constant communications with you regarding my daughter.” The mom admonishes that she wants “Serious inquiries only”.

I’m sure you’ll get only “serious inquiries”, ma’am. Only they’ll be from the likes of Karla Homolka, or some similarly twisted individual who sees your daughter as prime rape material for her psychopathic boyfriend. Or maybe Jane R. Random will just keep your little girl all to herself. There’s a reason why there are agencies who handle this sort of thing – you know, places that actually screen applicants and perform full background checks, rather than just plucking someone out of cyberspace. Of course, I imagine they’re a damn sight more expensive than putting out a “Nubile teen daughter for the taking!” message on Craigslist.

I can only pray that this link has fallen into the hands of the proper authorities, and that they pay this jet-setting mom a friendly visit before she manages to step foot on a plane. Pray with me, my brothers and sisters in good parenting. Pray with me.

Bad Parent Sighting: Belt-Wielding Mom Busted by Store Staff

BeltThanks to reader Kim Manthe for this following report that’s almost too grotesque to be believed. Fortunately, this tale of a mom run amock has a happy ending. According to Kim, a mom came into the thrift store where she works in Missouri. Before long, one employee reported witnessing the loving mom “punch her 2 year old in the face with a closed fist”. But that’s not all! When the six-month-old baby in her cart commenced caterwauling, Mommy Dearest shuttled the kids to the nearest belt rack, where she “removed a belt and started beating the kid about the head & face in front of everyone”.

Gadzooks. I suppose we should be thankful that she was nowhere near the soldering irons.

Kim and the staff called police, who placed the mom under arrest. The store’s manager then freed up some of the staff’s time to help watch the kids until their grandmother arrived to take custody of them. Says Kim: “He saved the kids added tramua & made a postive statement about our store’s views on child abuse. We need more people like him.” Agreed, Kim. One can only wonder how this would’ve turned out in the hands of a lesser manager. (“Excuse me, ma’am, but store policy demands that you pay for that belt before beating your child with it….”)

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Bad Parent Sightings: Bullying Mom in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Sea-Tac AirportAs readers of my main blog know, my wife was recently out of town covering the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. She came back last Sunday via a direct flight from Toronto. As misfortune would have it, she hadn’t had her feet back on American soil for more than 30 minutes when she and I were both witness to a Bad Parent Sighting.

As we were leaving the baggage terminal of Seatac International Airport, we saw a mom, a grandma, and a little boy no more than three years old walk past us. The boy was doing nothing more than fooling around with a balloon – tugging at it, letting it go, re-catching it, and skipping a few feet ahead of the adults. His mother snapped, tore the balloon out of his hand, and kicked him hard in the ass. Not a love-tap, mind you – a forceful boot that almost sent him to the ground.

Being a pussy when it comes to confrontation, I was content to let it go and just write it up later. Not so my wife. She spun around, looked the mom in the eye, and said, “Hey! You don’t treat a child like that! That’s not right.” To our surprise, the grandma nodded furiously and said, “Yeah!” To our even greater surprise, the mom bowed her head and muttered, “Sorry.” Kim said she seemed genuinely chagrined by the experience.

Let that be a lesson to us all. Sometimes, speaking out against slappy parenting will earn you nothing but an insult and an admonition to “mind your own damn business”. But occasionally, you may end up changing the way someone treats their kid.

(That’s the brightest ray of sunshine you’ll find on this blog for a while, folks. Bask in it while you can.)

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