Whenever I go out in public and come across a child out of control, I suck my teeth and try to ignore the little one. The child’s parent should be in charge of their behavior and make it a priority to get the little one to behave while in the public space. However, if the child is simply out of control and cannot be stopped, I will assert myself and tell the kid to calm down.
One man opened up about a similar story in a Reddit post. He was waiting in line at a Burger King restaurant when a child and his mother got in line behind him. At first, everything was fine, but before long, the kid started acting up. It was clear that the kid was upset and was not going to let his mother control him, which is why the Redditor felt compelled to step up and do the parent’s job for her.
“This kid was out of control, screaming, punching his mother throwing around a Gameboy whenever something didn’t go right in the game,” Redditor THR111 wrote. “The mother didn’t seem to pay any attention to him, and his continued yelling of ‘I want a f***ing PIE.’ After about 5 minutes of the line with these people behind me, I had gone from a headache to a full-on migraine….”
That’s when the man did what he had to do. He asked the woman to get her unruly child out of the line. She didn’t take his advice very well.
“I calmly turn and ask her nicely if she can please calm or quiet her child down. Immediately she gets up in my face telling me I can’t tell her nothing about raising her child and to mind my own business. I nod and turn around; she’s still yelling at the back of my head when the child cries out again how he wants a pie. The mother consoles him, calling him sweety and ensuring they’ll get pies for lunch because she loves him so much.”