This video has been floating around the internet for a year or so, but I recently just saw it for the first time, and wondered what your reaction to it might be. It’s hard to know the exact details of the encounter since there is no audio, but it seems pretty clear that the mother is doing little to curb her child’s behavior, and at one point appears to even nudge the child on with her hand. The reaction of the other customer is inventive, and many would argue, justified. Comments on the video by viewers seem to strongly support the other customer, though some think it is cruel to do this to a small child, and in fact his/her anger should have been directed at the parent instead. So what, in your opinion, is the proper way to act in such a situation? They say it takes a village to raise a child, so is it appropriate for a villager to step in and correct a misbehaving child when the parent refuses to do so? 0208-16
I’m certain the child haters of the world will think this is a great reaction to a pesky brat. In the video, the child is merely the extension of his parent’s hand since she does little to dissuade the boy to stop what he is doing and by her behavior she appears to condone it. Mom has not taught the child that the pleasures of using a mini cart is coupled with the responsibility to use it correctly, i.e. not slamming into other customers rudely. Because there is no audio, there appears to be some kind of appeal to the mom before he turns back around but we don’t know what was said. We don’t see any action by the customer such as holding the cart from hitting him thus implying that he directly spoke to the child himself to make him stop. Mom does absolutely nothing to take control of the cart from her child which is what she should have done.
So, dumping milk on the head of the child is, in my opinion, a cowardly choice to not directly engage the person most responsible for the child’s behavior.
I pity the child because his mother appears to condone the bad behavior, doing nothing to stop it, but the child has discovered there are unpleasant consequences to actions at the hands of a stranger and that has created a cognitive dissonance in his thinking as to what is right and what is wrong. Bad parenting.