A 61 year old guy, shopping in Wal-Mart, decided he’d had enough of a crying 2-year old.
It wasn’t his kid, or grandkid. In fact, it was the daughter of a complete stranger. The 2-year old was crying, as toddlers do. The mother was trying to calm her down.
The guy, Roger Stephens, decided he’d take matters into his own hands. So he went up to the stranger and her two year old, and threatened that if the mother couldn’t silence the child, he would.
A few moments later, he grabbed the child and slapped her 4 or 5 times across the face, saying “I told you I’d shut her up.”
The mother screamed, police were called, and this idiot is now in jail.
Okay. We’ve all been in a position where we wish a child wouldn’t cry, or scream, or throw a tantrum. Yep. Been there. Been there with other people’s kids, been there with my own.
However. There are things you don’t do.
If I had been walking with my son or daughter… if this guy had approached us, and put his hands on one of my children? SLAPPED THEM REPEATEDLY?! I’m afraid the example I set for my kids might not have been the one I want them to remember me by, because I don’t think I would’ve been able to think rationally. I think my initial reaction would be to go for his throat and rip it out, and just not stop doing that until I was pulled off of him. Unbelievable, the nerve, the audacity, the sheer amount of being a complete tool that it takes to do something like that.
Here’s another link to a better version of the story.
What the hell is wrong with people?!