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    GA - Man Swats Boy For Grabbing His Kitty

    Russell Baughcum's cat had just had surgery and he waited with his pet in a carrier in a Vet Clinic. A 4 year old boy who could not be controlled per his mom's words grabbed for the cat several times. Naturally the man told the kid to stop. He didn't. Sooooooooo Baughcum swatted the child on the backside.

    Mom of child insisted on pressing charges. Baughcum got locked up. No word on how the poor cat is doing.


    http://www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton...y-1429600.html

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    Interesting. But I'll bet if the cat had bitten the child the mom would have been filing a lawsuit.

    Too bad the vet employees didn't try to help either of these customers. I don't want a stranger touching my kid, but I also would have been very afraid that the cat would have attacked this child.

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    Interesting that the vet employees have kind of a different take on what happened - the boy was trying to "play" with the cat, but to hear the man tell it he was trying to grab at it or open the carrier.

    Strangers who spank other people's children are just weird. No one would have blamed him if he had taken the child - by the shoulders - back to the mom in a huffy way.

    In my childhood, it was fairly typical that grumpy old weird men would spank other people's children in public - I don't know why we tolerated that. Weird.

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    Um....he could have picked up the carrier and walked to the other side of the clinic...told the mom directly to tell him to stop (may not have worked)...placed the carrier on the reception desk if it was high up, asked the employees to keep the carrier behind the desk until he was finished up or the mom and child left. He more than likely had other options on how to handle his end of this situation. This article conveniently does not say if the child has some sort of known behavior disorder or is on on the autism spectrum so I am not going to assume the child was an undisciplined terror. Mom of course needed to intervene and do somethng regardless.

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    I work in a retail store that specializes in children's shoes. I can't even begin to tell you how many parents I see that do not "parent" their children. They just completely ignore whatever their child does. I understand the mans frustration, but I would have just gone over to the mom and told her to get control of her kid.

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    Swat = HIT. This man had NO right to lay a hand on this child - no matter what! MO~

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomoresorrow View Post
    Swat = HIT. This man had NO right to lay a hand on this child - no matter what! MO~
    And why does anyone has a right to grab somebody's pet?
    Parents should control their children.
    Just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    And why does anyone has a right to grab somebody's pet?
    Parents should control their children.
    Then he should have swatted the mother. No wrongdoing on the part of the child gives him a right to touch someone else's child in an aggressive manner. Period. I'd be in jail, because if a stranger ever swats my kid, I'm swatting them back.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by not_my_kids View Post
    Then he should have swatted the mother. No wrongdoing on the part of the child gives him a right to touch someone else's child in an aggressive manner. Period. I'd be in jail, because if a stranger ever swats my kid, I'm swatting them back.
    Since the cat just had surgery the man wouldn't want the child to grab the cat.
    Going over the mother and swatting her would end him up in jail anyway, so I have no clue how that is a better solution.
    Just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannaT View Post
    Interesting that the vet employees have kind of a different take on what happened - the boy was trying to "play" with the cat, but to hear the man tell it he was trying to grab at it or open the carrier.

    Strangers who spank other people's children are just weird. No one would have blamed him if he had taken the child - by the shoulders - back to the mom in a huffy way.

    In my childhood, it was fairly typical that grumpy old weird men would spank other people's children in public - I don't know why we tolerated that. Weird.
    How do you play with a cat that just had surgery? They are groggy after anesthesia and in no mood to play at all.
    Just my opinion


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    Quote Originally Posted by not_my_kids View Post
    Then he should have swatted the mother.


    I know, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexanMom View Post
    I work in a retail store that specializes in children's shoes. I can't even begin to tell you how many parents I see that do not "parent" their children. They just completely ignore whatever their child does.
    Bless your soul. I can just imagine what goes on.

    O/T, but not my fave is when kids climb up on that moving belt in the supermarket and parents either ignore it or think it's cute. Better yet people putting their kids on it. I don't want no kids a** where my food is going.

    Hey, we all love our pets and we all love our kids. No doubt this man was frustrated and probably at some point maybe raised up his own kids. However, the mom couldn't control her kid? How come you can't control your adult self and not go around putting your hands on people's children?

    This could have been easily settled by the man stepping on the kids toes or entire foot need be. Nobody wants their foot stepped on and the cat would be saved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Bless your soul. I can just imagine what goes on.

    O/T, but not my fave is when kids climb up on that moving belt in the supermarket and parents either ignore it or think it's cute. Better yet people putting their kids on it. I don't want no kids a** where my food is going.

    Hey, we all love our pets and we all love our kids. No doubt this man was frustrated and probably at some point maybe raised up his own kids. However, the mom couldn't control her kid? How come you can't control your adult self and not go around putting your hands on people's children?

    This could have been easily settled by the man stepping on the kids toes or entire foot need be. Nobody wants their foot stepped on and the cat would be saved.
    I don't understand how the man stepping on child's foot (where the child could actually be injured) would be any better than lightly swatting the child? It's not like this man caused the child any physical damage by swatting him.
    Just my opinion

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    I guess I'm in the minority, but I feel any child who doesn't understand the words "no" and "stop" by the age of four deserves a swat on the fanny, and I don't care who administers it, especially when the mother is right there apparently doing nothing to get her child under control.

    I have raised four children. There are times my kids misbehaved, and I took responsibility for it, because that was my job. It is not the general public's responsibility to put up with other people's children's bratty behavior.

    Four year old child vs. four year old child's mother. How is the winner a four year old child, and how are people okay with that?

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    Even if you feel a four year old does deserve a swat for not obeying (I don't) - it's certainly not a stranger's place to do be doing so. AT ALL.
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