Child names can run a little strange these days, leaving many scratching their heads. But in the end, that is the kid’s name and it’s not really supposed to be a joke to your regular person.
This is doubly true when it is someone in a service position — and when they’re joking right in front of the kid. Even if the name and the mother who gave it might be a little odd.
So the incident occurred at John Wayne Airport in California while Traci Redford and her daughter ABCDE were heading home to El Paso. It’s here where a Southwest Airlines gate agent had a bit too much of a laugh at the five-year-old’s expense:
The girl’s mother says the agent made fun of the name and even posted a photo of her boarding pass on social media for others to chime in.
Five-year-old Abcde Redford pronounces her name “ab-city.”
The mother of “Ab-City” shared her outrage online and ended up on ABC7 News in California, sharing details of the incident:
“The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, ‘Hey if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I’d appreciate if you’d just stop,'” Traci Redford said…
“While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter. It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines. And after two weeks of doing a formal complaint, Southwest hadn’t done anything,” said Redford.
Southwest Airlines did share an apology for the incident:
“We extend our sincere apology to the family. We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our Customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online. The post is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility we expect from all of our Employees. We have followed up with the Employee involved, and while we do not disclose personnel actions publicly, we are using this as an opportunity to reinforce our policies and emphasize our expectations for all Employees.”
Others Are Upset With Mom
The response to the story has not been positive for Traci Redmond. While Southwest has apologized and the employee has been disciplined, folks online were questioning her decision for naming her child ABCDE.
None of them are targeting the child or anything, but Redmond has made her Instagram private at this point while folks on Twitter continue to joke and weigh in:
‘“I see nothing wrong with her name” Qwert Yuiop’
Is getting angry really a right? Or is being owed an apology? Or how about not being made fun of in public?
Everybody talks about rights. This one might fall under the right of privacy, though…
Lifetime Of Ridicule
It was indeed bad enough to be named something like Toby or Chuck back in the older days. And if your last name was weird, you were usually set for a rough school career.
But this is a different level.
What Did You Think Was Gonna Happen?
Even some well-known comics are dunking on Mother “Ab-City” after the story went viral.
Who Is The Victim?
I would say calling this child abuse is a bit extreme, but it is definitely something a parent needs to think about. How long until this girl is calling herself Abbey?
Source : Lifestyle