Show Notes for Thursday, June 20, 2024


Dear John

So I was at the grocery store yesterday and had a few items in my cart. There was a mom and her son...he was around 6 or 7...and the kid was running wild, up and down the aisles. I kind of ignored him at first. But when I turned my back on the cart, he threw three boxes of cereal in my cart and ran off. Okay, I put the cereal back and kept shopping. But the kid followed me and then kept coming up and throwing things in the cart. Cans of beans! A jar of pickles. He crushed a package of chips with a 2-liter bottle of Coke. I kept trying to get to another section of the store but he followed me everywhere. His mom just kept on shopping on her own. Finally, I worked my way to where his mom was, and the next time he threw something in my cart, I yelled at him and told him he was a "rotten kid and needed to be punished." He started crying and that got his mom's attention. She said, "He's just a kid. Lighten up. Maybe someday you'll be a mom and will understand". Then she reported me to the manager for yelling at her kid...and the manager asked me to leave the store so I didn't cause a scene. I don't think I did anything wrong, but I just left the store. Then I got angry and thought I needed to go back and let the manager have it for treating me that way. Or Is there anything wrong with correcting this kid? The mom wouldn't do anything. What should I have done?


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