She Barged In Without Even Knowing The Details Of The Situation
“I used to work in the toy department of a retail store. The LeapFrog ‘laptop’ had just come out and they were REALLY expensive. I was straightening shelves and noticed a kid just wailing away on one of these laptops with mom nowhere to be found. I approached the kid and asked him nicely, ‘ Is that how you play with your toys at home?’ He gave me a sheepish ‘no’ and placed it back on the shelf.
I was feeling pretty good about myself at that point when the kid’s mother came out from nowhere and very rudely told me that I had ‘NO RIGHT’ to speak to her child that way.
I calmly looked his mother in the eye and said, ‘Ma’am, your son was about to break a $150 toy. Our store has a you-break-it, you-buy-it policy. If you would like me to give it back to him so he can continue hitting it, I would be happy to ring you up at my register for the damages.’ She then proceeded to give me an eat-crap-and-die look, grabbed her son, and stalked off.”
They Were Known As Degenerates, But That Night Was Especially Awful
“I’ve worked at Chili’s for about five years now. There have been so many experiences with rude people that I’ve have lost count, but this was the worst by far. One day I had a party of 25 call ahead (at about 7 pm) and say they’d be arriving in 30 minutes. We set the table up for them and were anticipating their arrival. They actually ended up showing up about an hour and a half later than they said they would, and we had since broken up the big table and sat other smaller parties there. They arrived and were angry that their table wasn’t ready for them, and the really soft-spoken, sweet host that was working that night explained to them that we thought they had chosen somewhere else to go since they hadn’t arrived on time.
The lady that was speaking to the host immediately burst out saying that we should have known that they were still coming, that she knew Chili’s was a terrible idea, and that we are all awful at our jobs. The host, almost in tears, said that we would set up another table for them in a closed section and that I would be taking care of them (I should also mention that these same people came in all the time, were rude to everyone, NEVER tipped, and always complained so they could get free food).
When I waited on large parties by myself, I always started everyone out with a water just because it takes a little bit to take everyone’s drink order and get it out to them, so I figure it’s better to at least have some water available while you are waiting. As soon as we got them settled in, several started complaining that they didn’t want water and I was rude to not offer them a different option. I explained to them that I would be bringing them whatever they’d like and that the water was just to hold them for the time being.
They proceeded to tell me that I was an idiot, saying, ‘Get this mess out of my face (referring to the water).’ Most of the people ordered strawberry lemonade, so I made all of the drinks and brought them out. People then started to complain that ‘this stuff tastes nasty.’ They told me it didn’t taste anything like it did last time, and I told them that we make it by measurement every time but I would be glad to make a new batch for them. I went and poured out their drinks and made another batch of the strawberry lemonade to take out to them. Again, they complained that it was nasty. I offered to get them something else and they said, ‘We just want a waiter that isn’t an idiot and knows how to make strawberry lemonade.’ I went and got my manager to explain that we make it the same way every time, and they rolled their eyes and told the manager that I was being rude to them.
Fast forward to when they were eating their meal and started being really rude to me. They were pouring their drinks out on the floor on purpose, throwing food at me, and insulting me right in front of my face. I had a couple of other tables that complained that this large party was being extremely loud (which they were). I went over and asked if they would mind being a little quieter as it was disturbing the other tables in the restaurant. One kid then yelled, ‘OH YOU THINK I’M TOO LOUD, WITCH?’ Then they all started being even louder than before, and some tables even got up and left.
That was the final straw. I yelled over them and told them they were no longer welcome at our restaurant, which shut them up. One kid told me that I couldn’t do that, and I replied that when you start causing our other good paying customers to leave, I can do what I want, so get out. They had the nerve to ask for boxes for their food which they hadn’t touched because they were too busy being loud. I told them that I could care less if they wanted their food and that they needed to leave. My manager and I stood at the door smiling and watching them all walk out. One girl told me that I ruined her graduation party, so I informed her that she had no class and got what she deserved. A few of them stayed and talked to my manager, begging him to allow them back because it was their favorite place to eat. He told them that they cost the company money when they came in and that they were never welcome back. I haven’t seen them since.”
He Put A Stop To A Stalker’s Creepy Ways, But He Still Had To Pay The Price
“I used to work in a grocery store as a cashier and one time I had a guy come through my line by himself. He looked normal enough, but as soon as he neared the checkout, he started to talk to my bagger, who was a girl. I didn’t think much of the conversation, but over the next few weeks, the same guy kept coming back several times a day to see her. He would even go as far as to go into the employee break room and look up her schedule. He also figured out where she went to school and followed her there.
One day, I stood by and watched her cry for the last time. The next time he came into the store, I made sure she would bag for me so he’d have to come down my line. As soon as he got there, I ripped him a new one. I told him that not only was his behavior unacceptable, but it was also illegal. I told him that it was absurd for him to think that it was OK to do. Then I told him that if he ever followed her to school again, he’d regret it. That was a big mistake. He went to my manager and told them I had threatened him and whatnot. Next thing I knew, my boss came over and told me I was fired. So much for trying to do the right thing.”
The Mother’s Obliviousness Led To The Law Getting Involved
“I work as a nanny and frequently take my kids to the park where we do the normal make friends and play routine. There’s a mom I see often whose youngest child we play with. One morning, we were playing when I looked up and realized that I was alone with the two toddlers and her older child, a preschooler. I called for her and looked around for 15 minutes before calling the police. 20 minutes later and I still didn’t see her, but the police and a social worker arrived, took my statement, then left with the abandoned children.
As I was walking down the street about a block from the park, the mom came running up to me and pointed to the park, asking where her kids were. I told her what happened and an argument ensued. She was enraged that I didn’t just sit and wait at the park with her kids, because she just ran to the store and I should be able to handle extra kids as a nanny. I proceed to, as calmly as I could with the baby present, tell her what kind of mother she was, how much she endangered her child, and give her a general earful about being an irresponsible, expectant idiot.
There was some kind of court hearing after that where she claimed I was babysitting the kids and called maliciously, but when she couldn’t provide the judge with my name or contact info, I was in the clear. I was not privy to how it worked out for her and her kids, though.”
She Was Completely Terrifying The Children
“My senior year of high school, I was working with my old junior high basketball coach at a summer camp. We had about 20 kids, ages 8-9 of various races and backgrounds. The camp was at a small, rural community college and school was in session. One day, we went out to play in the fields that surrounded the campus. While we were out there, a little girl fell and scraped her knee. Fortunately the fall came right as our outside time was ending, so I picked her up (she was crying) and carried her back in with my train of 2nd and 3rd graders behind me.
During our walk back, we needed to cut through the lunch room/common area. It was not super busy, but there were about 45-50 college-aged people in the room doing their thing. Suddenly, a woman started screaming obscenities at us. ‘What are you looking at, witch?! You some kinda lesbian pervert? I will mess you up, you stupid hussy!’ Now, this woman probably weighed more than me, a feat considering I was 6′ 3″ 240lbs at 18, and she was terrifying my kids.
I stepped in, while still holding the little girl. ‘Ma’am!’ I shouted, in my deepest, best attempt at an intimidating voice. ‘Ma’am, watch your language please, there are children.’
She spun on me and shouted, ‘Punk, I wasn’t talking to you so shut your dumb white mouth you little idiot! You wouldn’t say nothing to me if I had been white, you honky racist! I’ll beat you down!’
At that point, the little girl I was carrying looked terrified. ‘Ma’am. I don’t care what color you are. I don’t care what country you are from. And I certainly don’t care who you were talking to. But I do care about how you speak in front of the kids I’m responsible for. So watch your language, or I’ll see to it that you’re escorted from the premises and charged with assault. And if you don’t believe me, let’s just call my cousin, Sheriff (his name).’
Then I whipped out my cell phone and started to type in his number. She glared at me for a second, and then spun and stomped off. No one else in the room really even paid attention, but it felt good to defend my kids.”
She Was Insulting The Child In Front Of The Whole Store
“I had to scold a lady at work a few days ago. She came in with this child who was about 8 or 9, and seemed like he had ADHD. He was holding a toy compass and was asking what means North, but the lady, apparently his aunt, refused to answer and ignored him, so he sat down on the seats in front of the cashier’s desk. She scolded him and continued to call him a brat, snotface, irritating, and an idiot.
My coworker then started talking to him, and she later said he was a nice little boy. Then his aunty started to insult him by saying he was such a brat, and how she didn’t want to bring him along. My coworker and I just kind of stared in amazement at how rude this woman was being, and how she could be so heartless to insult him in public and embarrass him.
Fast forward through about 20 minutes of her looking around and finally bringing her stuff to the desk for me to ring in for her. The little boy was beside her and I was making casual conversation with her about the prices and stuff. Then the boy asked her what would happen if he pushed the button on the scanner. I was about to tell him that it wouldn’t do anything other than ring it in, but she cut me off and went, ‘If you touch that, I’ll SPANK your butt.’ I was so shocked and trying my best to hold back from saying anything.
Then, as I was putting her purchases in a bag, the little boy said something about how whoever they bought the stuff for would really like it, and she hugged him and went, ‘Oh, your mother might not want you, but I sure do.’ I was absolutely shocked.
I just stared at her and before my coworker could stop me, I said, ‘You’re a terrible person. You’re insulting a child in a public place and embarrassing him while he does nothing. Maybe it’s just a bad day, but you should never treat a child how you’re treating this boy. He has been nothing but quiet and sweet. Perhaps you shouldn’t be the one to care for him because this is just you in public and I can only imagine how you act behind closed doors. I’m sorry, but I refuse to ring in anybody who could be so heartless towards a defenseless child.’ I got in trouble, but it was worth it to see her in such a state of shock.”
If He Was Actually A Frequent Flyer, He Would Know Better
“I’m a pretty mellow guy who travels for a living. Usually, I don’t really let the small things get to me. However, a couple of years ago, I was on a flight that was already running 30 minutes late. I was thinking to myself that the connection was going to be tight, most likely involving running or a brisk walk for a mile or so thru ATL. I was one of the last to board the plane and had to check my bag since there was no more room. The four or five people behind did the same thing. What are you going to do?
I began to work my way down the aisle and there was a guy there asking people to shift bags, move stuff that wouldn’t move, etc, because he was trying to get his ‘oversized’ bag to fit and there was obviously no room. He called for the flight attendant who walked up and said, ‘Sir, we are out of room. You will have to check your bag.’
Well, that was it for him. He went OFF on her. He started yelling things like, ‘This airline sucks,’ ‘I’m a million mile member,’ ‘I want your employee number and name,’ and so on.
At that point, I pretty much mentally snapped. I felt horrible for the flight attendant, who was just doing her job and this guy had spent five minutes making a fool out of himself and burning up time that we could be airborne. People were gawking, looking away, cringing, and overall just hoping he would stop so they could move on. I yelled, ‘SHUT UP, SHUT THE HECK UP!’
At that point I was shaking with anger and continued to go off, ‘Take your bag to the front of the plane, check it, and stop with this insanity. You are what is wrong with air travel! Your sense of entitlement makes me want to puke. If you are a million mile flyer, you know the rules of flying. You should know how this works. Why punish everyone on this flight? You have insulted this lovely young lady, you have made everyone on this plane uncomfortable with your little “show,” and I’m now another five minutes late for my connection. I want you and your little Napoleon Complex issues (he was about 5′ 5″) to shut up and sit down. Do WE have a problem?’ He started spluttering and looking all flustered, but didn’t say a single word.
Then somebody at the back of the plane started clapping, and soon the whole plane was applauding me. I just sat down and waited while everyone clapped and this guy took a long walk of shame to the front of the plane. The flight attendant thanked me and so did everyone else. I didn’t mean to do it but I just can’t stand people like that. The best part was I had free drinks for the flight, the flight attendant gave me a stack of free drink cards for my next couple of flights, and one of the passengers gave me a voucher for free Wifi that he had won. It was very satisfying.”
She Said The One Thing You Should Never Say To Your Child
“I worked at Walmart years ago. When it was slow, cashiers would be sent out to the floor to tidy up the store and help out the people working in different departments. I was helping out a friend of mine in the children’s department one day when a woman and her two kids came in. One child was still an infant, but her daughter looked to be around 4 or 5.
The woman was looking around, completely ignoring her daughter who kept trying to tell her mother that she had to go to the restroom. The kid wasn’t whining so much as saying, ‘Mom, I have to go.’ The mother kept ignoring her or absentmindedly telling her to hold it. Finally, the little girl said, ‘Mom! I! Have! To! GO!’ which woke up the little one. The baby started crying and the mother finally addressed her daughter by yelling at her for being a pain in the butt. My friend and I were listening to this interaction (it wasn’t hard to overhear), looking at each other as if to say, ‘Man, what a witch,’ but there wasn’t much we could really do.
Then the woman screamed, ‘Will you shut up?! I wish you had never been born!’
I was stunned; I couldn’t believe anyone would say that to their child. My friend literally dropped what she was doing and said, ‘What did you just say?’ The woman started to say something about minding your own business, but my friend cut her off by launching into one of the most frightening displays of righteous anger I’ve ever seen. She tore into this woman, telling her that it was obvious that the little girl had needed to go to the bathroom because it’s all she’d been saying for the past five minutes and that it didn’t matter how frustrated you were with a child, you never tell them you wish they hadn’t been born. The scumbag woman couldn’t say anything in her defense because she was caught being terrible to her child.
I can’t remember exactly what she said, but I’ll never forget how it ended: My friend finished telling this woman she was a failure as a parent by saying, ‘You’re the reason birth control should be mandatory. Take your kid to the bathroom.’ I could have wept, it was so perfect. Then the woman left without saying a word. My friend got hauled into the office shortly after that (apparently the woman complained to management on the way out), but she said she was completely justified in what she did and would do it again. The manager told her that he agreed with her, gave her a warning, and said, ‘Good job.'”
The Boy’s Father Was Setting A Truly Disgusting Example
“I was taking out one of my clients for grocery shopping. My clients usually have a whole array of mental health disorders, and this one had autism, ADHD, and OCD. Overall, you knew just by looking at him there was something wrong with him.
While we were shopping, at one point a kid and his father were walking towards us with their shopping cart. As we got closer, I noticed that he took his son and drew him away from us. I merely shrugged it off, because people not being educated enough does produce some fear of the unknown. However, just before passing, he muttered to his son, ‘Watch out for that simpleton.’
As I passed him, I said quite loudly, ‘Wow, really? A simpleton?’
The man spun around and confronted me, saying things like, ‘What did you say, son?’ and ‘Wanna say that again?’ Overall, things started to escalate, but I just stood there keeping an eye out for my client who was happily oblivious as he looked at a variety of pudding.
Now this dad was a big guy and he looked to be a bit white trash. Myself, not as big, stood eye to eye to him. I know some physical defense techniques via army and mental health training, and I really wanted to show this guy a good lesson.
However, I was on the job and didn’t want to lose it, so I just stood my ground. It was like a Mexican standoff with the two of us glaring daggers into each other. About a minute later, he lost interest and started to walk away. While all that transpired, my client was still looking at the pudding as if nothing was happening. In the end, he picked chocolate.”
Even His Coworker Recognized That His Behavior Was Absurd
“I used to work at McDonald’s when I was in high school, so I sympathize with other teenage fast food workers. A while ago, I was in the local McDonalds where I used to work, and it was apparent that it was the cashier’s first day working there, but he seemed to be doing okay. He entered something wrong, though, and asked his manager how to fix it. The manager came over and started tearing into him in front of all the customers, calling him a ‘total idiot’ and an ‘inbred monkey’ and so on.
After I received my order at the counter, I asked the manager to come over and told him, ‘Please do not talk to that cashier that way ever again. Just because you are a day shift manager at McDonald’s does not make you a superior human being, and gives you no right to treat others, especially your employees, like dirt.’ After I sat down the other manager came over, brought me some apple pies, and thanked me for standing up to that guy. Apparently, he acted like that towards everyone.”