We see children have public tantrums all the time. They scream, cry and sometimes hit anything within arm’s length. Sure, as a bystander it can get pretty annoying, but is it ever so bad that you feel you need to intervene and say something about it?
Now before you answer that question, get a load of this story.
Bree Hajek-Richardson was checking out at a Nordstrom Rack in California, when a little boy began having a meltdown in the shopping cart beside her. According to the 20-year-old, the boy’s outburst was “a little bit loud” so she decided to confront the boy’s mom about it.
“It wasn’t bothering me, [the tantrum] but it was just the volume was a little bit loud. It was hurting my ears so I asked her very nicely to calm her child down a little bit, you know, the volume,” she told local news.
That’s where things went from bad, to worse. The mom, who hasn’t been identified, didn’t take Hajek-Richardson’s words very well, telling her “not to tell her child what to do.” Hajek-Richardson tried to assure the mom that that wasn’t what she as trying to do, only that she wanted her son to calm down.
Before leaving the store, Hajek-Richardson told the mom to go to hell, to which the mom replied “I’ll see you there.” The situation should have ended there, but it didn’t.
When Hajek-Richardson left the store, she said the mom began following her into the parking lot. “(She asked) me, ‘Where’d you tell me to go?’ So I repeated again what I said to her, and I told her that I told her to go to hell.”
According to Hajek-Richardson, the mom punched her in the face twice and then took off. Police are currently trying to track down her down using security video (that you can watch here) that caught the entire incident.
Hajek-Richardson admits that this isn’t the first time she’s confronted a parent about their loud children, only the first time someone has gotten physical with her for it. Despite the bruises she is now left with from the physical altercation, she says she won’t let the incident prevent her from speaking up to parents in the future.
What do you think: should people be able to confront parents when their children are having a public meltdown?