Originally Posted by BobNQ3X
Horsepuckey. I may not have kids, but I can spot uncorrected bad behavior when I see it. My dogs are better-behaved than some kids. Kid behaving badly = bad parenting. QED. Why should I have to placidly endure rotten behavior because I've chosen not to whelp a sprog? If it takes a village to raise a child, I'm the stereotypical crotchety old bastard who lives on the outskirts taking rock-salt potshots at rotten little bastards who cut through my yard and trample my hops vines.
I used to be solidly in this camp, until I had a kid. Then I eased off it a little. Surely, there is such a thing as inexcusable behavior which is the obvious result of lack of parental oversight, and that I still can't abide. I hold other kids up to my own kid's standards. I think that's fair.
But I've found lately there are lots of youngish people who really like to eye-f$#k me when I'm in public, and the sprog decides to throw a hissy. I think that's the most common thing that gets me stares. Screaming. There's no possible way to keep a kid from screaming when he decides to lose his mind.
I've actually had someone sigh and roll their eyes at me one day at a restaurant (family style place... we don't take him to white linen restaurants). I was in a mood largely because of the kid, and decided I didn't really want to put up with this guy. So I literally tapped his shoulder and asked if I could help him with his eye problems. After he finally got my meaning, he snarled up and said that I should "control my kid". I asked him if he thought it was truly possible to ever "control a kid". And then the gem of a response: "Well, you shouldn't bring a kid to a restaurant if he's going to scream."
My wife kept me from inviting him outside. Good thing, too... he was kind of big. But I tend to fight the fights that are worth losing.
I didn't even argue back with him. I just finished dinner. Irony of ironies, as they left the restaurant, the wife/girlfriend stopped and told us how cute he was. I think she was sticking it to him for being an ass.
So, to bring it back to topic...
I hate that guy.