This morning as I was enjoying my decaf coffee and a bagel at our neighborhood Starbucks a woman came in with her two kids. I am guessing her kids were around the ages of two and four. She had them in a double stroller and you could tell the older one was beyond excited for the display of chocolate muffins in the case. Because Starbucks now heats up all pastries it takes a little longer for the line to move and for people to settle.
While she waited for her order she pushed the stroller in the corner and let her kids sit along the windows on bar stools next to me. She kindly asked if it would bother me with them next to me. I said, “I have a toddler and one in my belly, not at all.” A few minutes later the kids started playing and being kids. Were they loud? Yes. Did they start jumping around and playing in the little confined area? Yes. Were they acting out more than I would let my own son in public? Probably. Were they ruining someone’s life? Apparently.
gentleman asshole, on the other side of the store approached the mom and told her she needed to leave or control her kids. He also said it very loudly, almost yelling. This was during AM rush hour too, so the store was very busy. Suddenly it was silent. The mom just stared at him in utter shock. I was amazed not one person, not even the cheery barista, said anything.
She looked over at me and I said, “They are not bothering me, they are just kids.” A few too-cool-for-school young professionals (that I am sure don’t have kids) standing next to the jerk had their I am a big city professional and too good for kids faces on, which I wanted to punch. It wasn’t about the kids people, it was about a man approaching a woman and yelling at her regarding her kids in public, and not one person next to her came to her honor. It was disgusting.
First off, who the hell does that guy think he is? Hey douchebag, you are in a place where kids are allowed. Secondly, the world doesn’t revolve around your old grumpy-pants ass. Didn’t he have kids that were young once too? Or was finding a woman to spawn his anti-Christ too difficult? It’s not like the kids were dancing on the bar spewing coffee like it was champagne after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. People need to lighten up. I don’t care what is going on in your life or how annoyed you are there is no reason to demean another human in public like that. It was ten minutes out of his day, get a grip. Maybe that fool needs to drink Jack Daniels instead of caffeine in the morning.
The mother now mortified went to her kids and said, “Let’s go, that man over there doesn’t like us and asked us to leave.” The kids, not understanding, just followed after her. After she left, the A-hole tried to then rally people to agree with him which made him the king of douchebags. My sassy Gloria Steinem self wanted to tell him to go F off and he should be ashamed of himself. Obviously he missed those days in school and church where they taught you the Golden Rule, and also that REAL MEN show respect for women.
To all you other a-holes out there, let’s try to be a little more compassionate toward human beings. Your mother is watching. Thank you.