The Brat

April 24, 2009

in Baby & Kid Stories

My husband & I were coming back from Disneyland July, 2008. We were waiting to board when a family from India, Mom, Dad, 11 y.o. & 6 y.o. daughters were also waiting. The 6 y.o girl was acting up (very hyper, hitting her dad) till we boarded. They went on first, so they were sitting in our seats. When I asked the father if they could move, the daughter kept on screaming & dad didn’t do anything. She screamed some more, meanwhile Mom & sis (sitting on the behind them) didn’t do anything either. Luckily there were other seats available so my husband & moved to the back of the plane. I told the dad that his daughter was a f***ing brat. Would you believe other passengers moved as well? Well the brat finally fell asleep so I finally got my peace & quiet.

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Demotage April 26, 2009 at 4:11 am

I just love it when someone gets all self-riteous and tells off some parent because they don't approve of their parenting skills. The child might have been autistic or severely ADHD. Maybe she was just over-tired from a long day at Dusneyland.

So what exactly was this child doing that offended you? She wasn't running around the plane, kicking your seat, or touching you. She was making noise. What else would you have had the father do? Hit her to shut her up?

Yes, parents need to do their best to ensure that their children don't misbehave in public. However, I am almost certain that you are not a parent, because if you were, you'd know that sometimes all you can do is contain your child. Seems like the Dad was doing that.

If I'd been him, and you'd opened your maloderous pie hole to call my kid a brat, I would have pointed out to you that apparently some people never outgrow it.

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Reasoning_Doubt December 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm

If the child is disabled, what was that child doing on a flight? Or better, why didn't the parents know how to parent?

If a parent cannot control their crotchfruit, please do not bring them on an airplane. You lousy parents know who your are (the ones who get easily offended).

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Amber May 19, 2016 at 8:34 am

So disabled people are no longer allowed to fly? Get over yourself, they have just as much right to fly as your entitled ass.

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Jack August 2, 2016 at 11:34 am

They are allowed to fly, but thankfully they get kicked off before the plane takes off.

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Jodi April 27, 2009 at 5:49 am

Wow, your mom must be proud. I hope you ran right home and told her how you were such a good person that you said the F word in front of two children because one was making noise. I bet YOUR mom would give you a big hug and kiss, since she obviously raised you with no manners. Mine would smack me, but then, I've been raised better. Obviously.

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dan April 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

If the kid cannot behave properly in public they should not be allowed to go. When I was a kid we were expected to behave a certain way in public if we acted up we simply stayed at home, the whole family did. My parents only took us on trips because everyone knew the rules. My wife's family was the same way. Is it too much to expect that parents actually parent their kids and not just try to be their friends?

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Demotage April 28, 2009 at 12:24 am

Dan

I can agree to a point. Parents should teach their children to behave in public. If their child cannot behave in public, then the parents should refrain from taking them out to places in public where they they would be a nuisance, and where their behavior would be inappropriate. For example, if my child could not behave in public, I would not take him to a nice restaurant where people have an expectation of a quiet atmosphere. On the other hand, if we were away from home, I sure would take him to a family restaurant rather than have him starve. But kids of even good parents misbehave sometimes, often when they are tired from traveling. So I think you make a bad assumption when you say if their child misbehaves, it is the result of bad parenting.

Families need to travel on airplanes. They have all kinds of reasons, and you don't know what they are. Once on the plane, they can't just take them outside if they misbehave. They can try to control him, but their options are limited – like I said, the Dad was probably doing all he could. Flying on an airline does not buy you the privilege that you enjoy when you go to a fine restaurant. It buys you the right to be delivered to the city where to which you bought a ticket – and it buys you the right to do so with the traveling public at large. And I suppose it buys you the right to bitch about it later on a website. At the same time, if I had to travel somewhere with my autistic child and he was acting up, I would do everylthing I could to quiet and contain him to minimize the impact on other passengers, but if someone opened their mouth and called my kid a brat, they'd be lucky if they got away with only a verbal rebuke from me.

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"White girl&quo April 30, 2009 at 9:38 am

Why do you have to point out that the family was from India? If the family was white, would you start off the story with "So this white family was waiting to board the plane?" No…you wouldn't. I couldn't even read the rest of your stupid story because I was so hung up on the first part…

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Onslow May 1, 2009 at 11:41 am

Whatever the reason that the kid was screaming, it still made for a miserable flight for others. The least the parents could have done was make some kind of small apology to those who were enduring the tirade. I find that parents often learn to ignore their child's behavior and leave those around them without even the satisfaction of a small acknowledgement of the misery they are being put through.

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"WHITE PERSON&q May 5, 2009 at 7:29 am

RACIST.

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iamdogmatic May 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Wow. This story is in the wrong section of this website. This should be under, Look what an asshole I am? (and a closet racist too!!!)

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Atari May 31, 2009 at 5:45 pm

". . . or severely ADHD."

Yup. Let's all invent diseases or 'disorders' in order to absolve ourselves from blame.

Brilliant.

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Reasoning_Doubt December 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I know, right!

I wonder if these "disabilities" are going to be used as a defensive in court with the little "angels" are up on various criminal charges. "But your honor, my client couldn't help but commit that rape. He is a low end spectrum autistic with ADHD."

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Anonymous June 12, 2009 at 7:03 am

Label me if you must, it's not going to hurt my feelings, in fact I'm flattered! That wasn't the whole story but that doesn't matter. Oh, by the way, my husband is Black, I'm Native American and that family was from India (like I said if you knew the whole story). There are bratty kids from all over the world and that one just happened to be on my plane.

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SamH July 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Demotage:

Ever hear of "air rage"? That is exactly what will be printed in large type on the internet and in the newspaper underneath a picture of you being taken off an airplane in handcuffs by the police. If you are dumb enough to assault anyone on a plane over such a trivial issue, then you deserve the orange jumpsuit you will be wearing at your hearing at the Federal courthouse. All of us will be smiling and saying, "What an asshole Demotage is!" We'll also be laughing–not with you–but AT you.

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Davey Shitepant July 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

You can take it from me that "indians" are the worst followed by whitey and jews and spics and well you all get the idea. What kind of douche bag starts a story by stating the race of the "offenders" ? On your next flight I hope you are seated next to me and I have an accident and "accidently" crap on you then you can tell everyone about the "chink" that crapped all over you.

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mags July 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm

er, uhm… am I the only one that read the bit about "they were sitting in our seats"?

If there are assigned seats and a 6 yr old gets to sit wherever she wants because she's the loudest… there's something seriously wrong going on!

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the dominator July 23, 2009 at 8:46 am

ok dermotage, i see that you just love going around here blasting anyone who has the guts to admit that kids can be terrible jerks. you are obvious proof than anal conception is not a myth.

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Icalasari July 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

I think the Indian part is important. It could mean that the family speaks little to no English. They could have even had a translator in the park!

Why is this important? It would explain why they ignored the "This is my seat" comment

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