This has been bothering me for several days.
I was in the grocery store the other day ... it's a store that has a high clientele of non-english speaking individuals (and heavy cash usage) ... alot of different cultures and backgrounds in that store.
I was standing at the fish counter to get some of the $4.99 per lb shrimp (does not go on sale to that price very often anymore) and there was an older lady, maybe late 60's next to me, getting a big slab of salmon.
To my other side is a young mom, with a little boy about 3 years old. He's messing with stuff at his level, as kids will do ... and she just reaches out and cuffs the kid on the side of the head, right over his ear.
The little boy screams bloody murder, hand to ear and starts kicking at the wall in anger. Umm. Ok.
Tears flowing and just howling. I'm trying to ignore the kid, not sure what I've just witnessed.
They go to walk behind us, and the older lady is making shhh shhhh shhh sounds ... in a soothing way, not at all a SHUSH type ...
The young mom? Turns around looks right at us and says "Shut the f!*#%% up you old b*!#%&".
Wow. I couldn't help myself. I shouted (yes, shouted) back "You need to learn some manners yourself before you can teach your child manners!"
I was just appalled that she would say such a thing to an older woman who was obviously acting by instinct to soothe and console a crying child (I don't believe she saw what happened to the child) ...
And I just reacted. And really and truly thought this young mother would be waiting outside in the parking lot to take me down. ACK!
Alas, I checked out, everything was fine in the parking lot.
I can't believe that this was such behavior and that no one else thought much of it that I could see. I mean seriously.
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? I'm curious.