Toy Car Kicked In Anger

January 27, 2010

in Baby & Kid Stories

I was on a flight from LAX to ATL with a stop in Houston one morning. I sat in my seat in the back of the 737 to relax after a stressful business trip and was disturbed to hear the high pitched whine of a loud eight year old that was sitting behind me. In addition to his whining he kept kicking my seat even though his mother told him not to. Normally I would have complained but I am on the secondary screening list due to what was considered a security breach at an airport. I am allowed to fly but I get taken aside each time for a more through security inspection. Because of that, I decided not to say anything to a flight attendant as I did not want to draw any attention to myself.

So I had to endure a few hours of the child whining and kicking to show his irritation. His mother pulled out a toy car which did seem to get his attention. He fumbled with it and dropped it as we were in the middle of descending into Houston. The car rolled under my foot and it a sudden burst of pent up anger I kicked the car forward. I made a near perfect hockey style slap shot and the car made it about six seats ahead of me. The child went nuts trying to get his car but the flight attendants were demanding everyone remained seated. I just sat there looking as innocent as I could and was now enjoying his whining as he was venting how important the car was to him. The plane was a bit late and the change over in Houston was a large one so he was dragged off the plane desperately trying to find is toy car. I remained seated listening to his angst with a smile as he was led off the plane without his beloved toy car.

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

shocked January 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

You are either a idiot or a lier….either way, not a nice way to act as a grown up…..on the secondary screening huh…and how did you get on that list??? How about some anger management counseling


Hugh January 28, 2010 at 12:17 am

First, you should have spoken up, even if just to the mother…heck, even a look behind you at them might have sufficed. Second, acting out like that against a child is petty and stupid. So, you ended up listening to additional whining and complaining from him. No wonder you'r on secondary screening…you seem to show a complete lack of self control or a grasp of right and wrong.

Hopefully when you get arrested, and given your apparent faculties, trust me, you WILL be arrested at some point…I hope you are passed around the cells like a doobie at a biker rally. I hope when you are made the cell block girlfriend, you are continuously butt-raped until you could be used as King Kong's hand puppet. Grow up.


ps January 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Well Hugh is a very self important pinhead. Hugh, shut up.


Hugh January 29, 2010 at 12:15 am

Hey, PS… Here's a spoon ()===== Eat my ass. I'm not exactly sure who put you in charge, so I'll keep posting despite your objections.


Harmie January 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

King Kong's hand puppet…oh man, that takes the cake. And the OP is f**king a-hole. I hope to God he doesn't have his own children.


ps January 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Okay, the family man spews profanity and has an obsession with sexual violations judging by the numerous objective posts. Huey, you have serious problems. I feel sorry for your family. Why don't you let them read your posts? The guy that kicked the toy and posted this was a total moron. But, (or with your obsession, butt), your disgusting postings are a testament to your character.


Hugh January 31, 2010 at 6:18 am

Hey PS, don't feel bad for my family, we are all quite happy. Thanks! I hope your family is well too. How is the trailer park doing these days?


ps January 31, 2010 at 7:08 am

good one. actually just put the tires back and hauled some rusty appliances on the front lawn.

Joan June 20, 2016 at 7:01 pm

I love his action…. let the little brat lose something and maybe the pig will stay quiet in the future.


Jane January 28, 2010 at 4:00 am

There's no need for insults.

The guy was annoyed. He made a rash decision. The kid whined some more–now the kid knows how annoyed everyone else was (whether he realizes it or not). But the guy is oddly content with himself.

Happens to everyone.


Demotage January 28, 2010 at 5:48 am

Geez Hugh, get a grip! What is the penalty for chewing gum in class? Ritual castration?


Hugh January 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

You're right, kind of harsh, but after a while I get sick of hearing people whine about kids. Face it, we were ALL children at one point. Some kids behave better than others, sometimes they're a pain in the ass. Lowering oneself to their level is NEVER the answer. If you're an adult, act like one.


shoops January 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Like writing mean nasty vile comments!


Hugh January 29, 2010 at 12:16 am

Look, I admitted it was harsh, what else do you want?


Julie January 30, 2010 at 6:47 am

for you to stop with the "harsh" comments.


Joan June 20, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Idiot Shoops


ps January 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

as an adult, like King Kong's hand puppet. Your kids must love you judging by your wonderful insights.


Hugh January 31, 2010 at 6:20 am

My kids do in fact love me. Thanks for assuming such. Do you still have custody of any of yours?


ps January 31, 2010 at 7:09 am

yep. they helped me change the tires on my trailer.


chris January 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

Original poster, if you're making it up, shame on you. If you are not, you are now officially my hero. Not that I dislike kids or anything, but kicking the car was just shitty enough to be hilarious.


Iloveflying February 16, 2016 at 9:47 am

Yeah I agree that was pretty funny for some reason


Doug January 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

I would have notified the flight attendant, yelled at the parent, THEN kicked the car. You are totally my hero, too bad there aren't more people like you to eventually curb bad parenting on airplanes.

And yes, I hate kids and mostly their parents for being selfish, irresponsible jerks. Some people dislike dogs or cats, I feel the same way about children.


Hugh January 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Well, Doug, it's a good thing you were never a child…oh, wait…???


ps January 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

or else you'll share your insights.


Texan78730 January 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

The people here who think you are wrong are the very type who raise hellions such as that kid.

You showed more restraint than I would have. The car would have become shards of plastic beneath my heavy foot!


Hugh January 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Not even close, Texan. I have 2 kids, who while not perfect are very well behaved. They know how to act in public, and I have taken them on quite a few flights, cruises, etc. I also know that despite my best efforts and theirs that sometimes they misbehave. I also would never sit there and let them kick someone's seat. I would however expect someone to inform me if my kids were bothering them and allow me an opportunity to mitigate it before they act like an idiot and cause my kids to lose something.


ps January 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I guess they heard about King Kong's hand puppet and getting butt raped. That must keep them in line. I'm sure as you are father of the year and an all around family man , you share everything, including your posts in anonymity, right?


Hugh January 31, 2010 at 6:23 am

Actually I am an all around family man. Father of the Year, not sure of the nominating process. Boy, you sure seem obsessed with me. Look, my response was even by my admission harsh…you seem to comment more on that that the obnoxious behavior of the original poster. You have made numerous comments about me, essentially saying the same things. That seems an unhealthy obsession. I am happily married, and have no need of an obsessed stalker. Have a wonderful day. Hopefully people will be handing out lots of change at the street corners you panhandle at.


ps January 31, 2010 at 7:10 am

helps with the trailer upkeep


Amber May 18, 2016 at 11:31 am

No the people who think what OP did was wrong are people that are more mature and well mannered. OP was acting like a childish asshat. His actions were immature and pathetic. It's no wonder he's flagged as security risk for flying.

OP was clearly brought up by parents like the ones that don't discipline their children, that's the result is rude, entitled and immature pricks. He could have at any point been mature and asked the mother to control her child, he could have spoken with a FA, he didn't because he's immature.


RJ January 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I can understand your being annoyed, but that was a rotten thing to do.


shoops January 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Eh the kid deserved it. Don't be so uptight. I'm sure his mom went and bought him a new one as soon as she could. Spoiled kids.

If anything the kid learned to be more careful with his toys.

We should thank the poster for teaching the kid an important life lesson.


Hugh January 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

You really aren't very bright, are you? So, you're sure the mother bought him a new toy? What information points to that? This isn't about a spoiled kid, it's about an adult who refused to even mention that he was being bothered, and instead chose to act out in a destructive manner, without even giving people an opportunity to do the right thing. He took his agressions out against a child. He admitted to secondary screening due to an incident, so we know the poster most likely has anger and self control issues, but yet you choose to blame an 8 year old child.


Jim January 29, 2010 at 9:30 am

It should never have gotten to this point. The Mother should have watched the child, instructed the child and corrected the child when it misbehaved.

If she knows the child is unable to restrain itself, the Mother should not bring it on a flight.

The poster should not have to mention that he was being bothered…the Mother should have the wherewithall to note it, without it having to be brought to her attention. People do not like their seats to be kicked…people get easily annoyed at whining kids. We should not have to tell parents this. We should not have to tell parents to quiet their children. Good parents will do it on their own.

Bottom line…so many of these posts about children….really are not the children's fault…it is the fault of the lackluster, lazy ass parenting skills….

I have been on plenty of flights with well behaved children…so, it is possible…


Cathy February 1, 2010 at 7:12 am

"It"?? "Itself"????


Iloveflying February 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

Yeah that was bugging me as well! Especially since o.p said His(as in HIs toy car!)


Rob January 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Actually nothing really suprises me anymore. I find it hard to believe that a rational adult would do that. I hope this guy does not have kids of his own as I would hate to imagine how he would treat them. What a goofball….


shocked January 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm

You people should be ashamed! Yes, the kids misbehaved but the adults were way worse. If you have a child kicking your seat, be the adult and tell them no. Teach by being an example not by being a ass!


chris January 29, 2010 at 2:17 am

Right or wrong? I don't know or care. It's just funny.


Pioliboo January 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hugh you are my hero love your comments. And yes the poster needs anger management


Demotage January 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm


you know I was just kidding you, right.

The kid was a pain. The guy was a dick.



Hugh January 31, 2010 at 6:24 am

Yeah I figured…I usually agree with your posts. Still, I was kinda harsh, but trying to do a little comic relief with it being over the top. Judging by some of the pinheads here, it seemed not over teh top, but over their heads. Take care!


crella January 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Glad you're so pleased at getting the best of a five-year-old. Any "accomplishment" is better than none, I guess.


Lickedy Split January 31, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Good on You Sir!


Cathy February 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

You sound like a really yuck person


LB February 1, 2010 at 7:20 am

You should have just mentioned something rather than subject others to this child's ill behavior.

Also, kids do have bad days. Please don't punish all children. My child behaves very well on the plane. I have only had one incident where a rather busy person griped about sitting next to him. After the uneventful flight, my son asked him (he is only 5) if he was too loud and said he was sorry. The person realized that his behavior was unfounded. (As a side note, I am not a bleeding heart parent — I have told other parents with unruly children to settle down.)


Ryan February 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

Good job Mr. Ass. You successfully tormented an 8 yr old not only that day, but many to follow.

I pity anyone who has to endure your presence.


Ding February 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

Ok.. I'm shocked about all of the comments above. Either you all are young parents in their 30s to 45's (who yes, don't know how to teach their kids anything these days). I am disgusted when I see young parents let their children run around, not clean up after themselves, and make a lot of noise as if it is 'cute'. I love children but I remember how I grew up… My parents were traditional, I did receive spankings and they yelled at me when I misbehaved, and they loved me still. We are a very very close family to this day and do many things together.

This guy did what he needed to. I would have done the same after a while if the child's parents didn't do anything.. Also, he was on the secondary list, so he NEEDED to kick it. Good job.


Hugh February 2, 2010 at 12:22 am

You ar emaking quite a few assumptions. I am a parent in that age range, but trust me, I know how to discipline my children, and do. They are well behaved and know how to act in public situations, as I have had them out and about since they were babies. They get grounded, lose privileges, and yes, even spanked if the transgression warrants it. Despite all that, the poster was wrong. True, the mother shoudl have stopped the child's nonsense, absolutely…that still does not justify the OP acting the way he did.

He did NOT need to do what he did. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but if your opinion sides with the OP, then it is wrong.


Amber May 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

He admits to not at all attempting to speak with the mother or a FA about the child's behaviour, he instead chose to react in the most immature and dickish way possible. He's on the secondary list for a reason, you don't get there by accident, he did not need to kick the toy, the very toy that was keeping the child in check and keeping him happy. Way to get your point across that his behaviour was terrible by removing the one thing that was making the child behave.


Doodlekins February 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

hahahahahaha I would've been like "my car now!" that's great though. Who cares about all of the people saying it's mean. Kids throwing tantrums like that need to know it's not going to get them anywhere, in fact it will get them further away from what they want. Like their toy car..


Hugh February 2, 2010 at 12:23 am

Um, no where does it say the kid threw a tantrum. He dropped the car while playing, then the poster kicked it, and the child got understandably upset. Perhaps you could learn to read and comprehend before posting again.


Increasedosologist February 2, 2010 at 6:54 am

The problem with Hugh and pretty much everyone else on this website is that they read of some confrontational situation, put themselves into the situation, imagine the rage they would feel and then post here under the influence of this rage. The proper response would have been to pick up the toy truck and hand it back to the kid and try to play with him while handing it back to him to distract him. If that didn't work then I got news for all the posters who talk about "controlling the child". Some kids between the ages of 0 and 3 will sometimes scream no matter what anyone does. Learn to tune it out because if there was a sure way of stopping it with every kid every, time then every parent would be doing it.


USMom February 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

OP–you were in flight, they weren't going to boot you out for saying something, especially if you are polite about it. You should have spoken up. We all need to be able to speak up for ourselves properly, instead of expecting others to do it for us.


Demotage February 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Here is what I would have dine: picked up the car, then got put pfy seay and kneeled down incthe aisle next to the kid. I would have said to him "hey buddy, how about I give you your car back and you stop kicking my seat. Kids have a way of rising to expectations.

Then, if he continued to kick my seat, I'd stab him incthe eye with a pen.


Increasedosologist February 4, 2010 at 6:13 am

Kicking the seat is very different from screaming, barfing, farting, and pooping the diaper. These other things are just standard undesirable infant behavior. Kicking the seat is an assault. If the parents are not stopping it cold instantly (AND I DO MEAN STOPPING IT, NOT JUST MAKE AN EARNEST EFFORT TO STOP IT THAT FAILS), then you must get up walk in the isle behind the row where the parent is sitting. Then make a fist, lean over as far as you have to and proceed to continuosly tap the back of the parent's seat with approximately the same force that the kid is using to pound yours. When the parent inevitably turns back with a bewildered look on his face, politely tell him "I just wanted you to fully appreciate what it's like to sit in that seat when your kid is doing that." This is pretty much guaranteed to cure the problem, as long as you don't go wild and hit the back of the parents seat with a force that obviously exceeds the force that the kid is using.


xxx April 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

easiest way to stop a kid from misbehaving… ask the FA to show your misbehaving child the cage in the back they use keep naughty kids in with a wink. That is usually enough to do it


Stats July 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

Six rows with nothing under seats, no feet, nothing? Highly improbable, at best.


Chris Webster January 11, 2021 at 12:52 am

Obviously the toy car wasn't a Camry. They don't ever move that fast.


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