Oh yes, they do. And lately it seems like that could apply to a few people especially the last few weeks. However this post is dedicated to the jerk of a man who was on my flight home from California last week. I was flying from Dallas to Northwest Arkansas and it was full flight. I much prefer to be on a not full flight, I like my leg room. Well you deal with it when you are on a full flight. Next to me was grandma, across the aisle the mom and the little boy and behind them, the dad and daughter.
Right from the beginning the little boy who was about 3 started whining and crying. Of course it’s going to make for an less than ideal flight but you know what that’s okay. I am a mom, I totally sympathized with the mom. They had been flying all day, the little boy is tired and I know as an adult I get crabby with the pressure from the altitude. So I just open my book and read and listen to the little boy cry and whine. I don’t let it bother me because really what good will that do…none. I can only imagine being in the mom’s position.
I have to give her amazing credit, she was doing everything possible to comfort and calm the little boy but with all the traveling and pressure in his ears what she did would only last a second. My heart was just breaking for her watching it. I could tell she was flustered and worried (presumably about what the other passengers were thinking). So after our roughly hour long flight we descended into the airport and as we were landing on old man from the front row (who as a little side note had been drinking) turned around and started in on the mom.
Raising his voice his words to her were ” I have no idea what you have done to that child, but you have pissed me off. You are obviously doing something to that little boy because that is not normal and he should not be acting like that. I am tired and I am annoyed and whatever you have been doing to that little boy this whole flight to make him act that way is just wrong” At this point the mom started trying to catch her breath she was so stressed anyways and this just set her off crying and I felt horrible for her. I was enraged at the man.
The father then spoke up and said to the man “That’s enough, we have it handled” And the man’s reply was “No you don’t because I have had to listen to him whine and cry the whole flight, you obviously don’t have it handled” To which the father replied “You just turn around and mind your own business” By this point I was so angry I was in tears (yes I cry when I get really angry, what can I say I am emotional). It wasn’t a full fledged cry but just more of a tear or two. We finally got up to the gate and were able to unload and I just touched the woman’s arm and said “You did wonderful don’t let him get to you” and she apologized to which I responded ” Do not apologize to anyone, you did the best you could, some people either don’t have kids or are just jerks”
And yes I made sure the man heard me and he got the “be lucky it wasn’t me because I would have seriously gone off on you” look. I didn’t stay around but I am sure if the dad caught up to him words flew. But I seriously was just appalled that someone would have the audacity to act like that. Of course with all the hub bub gone on lately and how people are acting a fool with a bunch of crap around the blogosphere I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
So a question for you…what would you have done if you witnessed this? Better yet, what would you have done if you were the family he was yelling at? I just think people have lost what used to be known as common courtesy and/or just shutting their mouths and deal with a circumstance even if not ideal. In my opinion there was no reason for that old man to go off on that mom, we all had to listen to the child but obviously he is the a-hole who thinks his kids (yes he has them after his yelling spree he mentioned to his seat person his grandkids would never act like that) crap doesn’t stink.
Yep people still amaze and sometimes it’s not in a good way.