You’re So Stupid!

November 10, 2008 by  
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Can you believe that a 10 year old boy told me that on a recent flight I was working?

I was doing the first beverage service when I came to his row and asked if he would like something to drink. He looked at me, looked away, and continued to play his Nintendo DS. So I looked at his mom sitting behind him and asked her what her son would like to drink. “Just give him a Coke.” she said.

I placed the cup of Coke on his tray which he immediately picked up and threw on the ground. “I don’t want this!” he yelled as Coke flew everywhere. I was shocked! However, I decided it was a family issue and continued on to the next row. Next thing I knew, the mom was flagging me down. “My son dropped his drink. Could he get another one?”

As I placed the drink on her tray table I replied, “I don’t think he accidentally dropped it but here’s another one anyway.” I thought that would be the end of that.

However, as I was approaching his row during the meal service he said, “Throw this away for me.” and proceeded to try and give me this enormous amount of trash he collected. I explained to him that I was currently serving meals and had nowhere to put all the trash he was trying to give me. I would be back shortly with a trash bag to take his things.

That’s when he stared at me and said, “You’re so stupid” and threw his trash at my feet.

OMG! And he said it loud enough that I knew his parents had to have heard him. In fact, passengers 3 rows behind him heard what was going on! I decided not to give him a meal and continued on to the next row.

Of course, the mom is now calling me. “Excuse me, you forgot to give my son his meal!” I turned to her and said, “He’ll get his meal when he apologizes for calling me names and picks up all the trash he threw on the ground.”

What does this mom do? She starts picking up all his trash and gives him her meal instead. What in the world does she think she’s teaching him by letting him get away with such rude behavior? And what was the dad doing all this time? Ignoring both of them and drinking his Vodka Tonic.

I just hope I don’t see them again on their return flight home. *sigh*

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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89 Responses to “You’re So Stupid!”
  1. 51

    OMGosh! so hard to believe that parents don’t have a clue in these kinds of situations. we can all guess what kind of person this kid will be when he’s an adult. sad, but also scary.

  2. 52
    mary beth says:

    having a child of my own I’m apalled by this! Just know all us mothers aren’t like that!!!! I’m not mean by any stretch but I want my child to mind and grow up with morals in this cruel world

  3. 53
    Dee says:

    i was wondering what age did you think the mother was? What race? Just wondering.

  4. 54

    How sad… Things have gotten out of control and all three of them have no skills to deal with it! Looks like they need a visit from the Super Nanny!

  5. 55

    What a horrible little brat! Ugh.

  6. 56

    he should be sent to a military school, including his parents ….

  7. 57

    he should be sent to a military school, including his parents ….

  8. 58
    Kim says:

    I hope she’s ready for the teen years because she’s going to be in for it! She’s set a bad precedent! Good for your for calling him on his rudeness even if his mom didn’t.

  9. 59

    Ugh…that is an awful experience, but I believe it! Some kids these days have become such entitlest bullies and their parents need to get some home training!

    p.s. I absolutely LOVE your blog format…how creative!

  10. 60
    Kristen M. says:

    I’m sure you’ve been told this already but you need to write a book!

  11. 61

    My hubbie is a commercial pilot and he’s had quite a few tales of ill behaving people on airplanes…. but I think this one takes the cake! Wow!! You did a great job standing up for yourself in such a polite manner. Not sure I could say the same for myself in that situation! Bravo…

  12. 62
    Morgan says:

    That is so horrible! I can’t imagine what their home life is like. Scary!

  13. 63
    Sues2u2 says:

    How sad. This child will never grow up to be the person that his potential would have made him all because his parents don’t care enough to discipline him.

    I am sorry that you had to go through something like that though. Kinda ruins @ least part of your day.

  14. 64
    Cathy says:

    I try so hard not to judge, because it’s impossible to know someone else’s story just from a brief interaction. But that mother doesn’t seem to be doing her child any favors raising him this way. I’m sorry you had to deal with that, and hope you never ever see them again!

  15. 65

    I almost stood up and cheered at your response to the little brat. His mom is doing him NO favors.

  16. 66
    Elizabeth says:

    I hope that was the last you saw of that family. I would have been reduced to tears by that. Imagine how that boy acts at home, too.

    My parents raised us to be respectful, we raise our children to be respectful. I would never, ever let one of my children act that rudely, no matter what personal problem they were having.

  17. 67
    Chris says:

    Everyone has said the obvious. That is whats wrong with this fool. When he grows up to high school age, I’ll get to deal with him at the alternative school.

  18. 68

    I guarantee you there is abuse on a daily basis in that family. The boy is repeating what he sees and hears from his dad. The mom’s wimpy behavior says a lot. And look at how good she is at making excuses. She’s an abused wife, and too beaten down to correct her son. And if she does try to, the dad’s influence out-does any good the mom has done.

  19. 69

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  20. 70
    tracey says:

    Oh, what a DARLING child.


  21. 71
    Spice says:

    Wow, what’s sad is it’s completely the parents fault why he’s like that and they’re oblivious to it all.

  22. 72

    I am absolutely amazed at parents sometimes! It is so sad to see what they are doing to their children. They end up turning into people like the ones who made the plane late that one time and were wanting all of the alcohol and making a scene. I don’t know how you handle situations like that all of the time!

  23. 73
    Nina says:

    I would have had a fit so I admire your restraint. Kids get away with way to much these days and do not show any respect. I would be devistated if my child acted that way to anyone.

  24. 74
    Rebecca C says:

    You have been awarded.

    That kid is surely going to be a great member of society. :/

  25. 75
    HeatherY says:

    And we wonder where personal accountability went! That’s just totally unacceptable!

  26. 76
    marybeth i says:

    If that was my kid he would have his DS taken away and be on his hands and knees picking up trash. Unacceptable and even more unacceptable is the mother’s lack of response. That kid is going to have a rude awakening as an adult and there will be no one there to protect and coddle him.

  27. 77
    Eryn says:

    prepare youself, that same little boy is going to grow up into the men that think it’s okay to grab your butt, too.

    At our library days, there are two small boys that are just plain mean and rude. I can’t stand to see how their mother lets them get away with murder, and apologizes to them when she actually (sorta) puts her foot down. Then one day I realized that they’re learning it from somewhere….now I am honestly worried about the life this woman has at home. I would place even money on the dad being a real piece of work.

    Good for you standing up for yourself. Hopefully responses from strangers will help this boy figure out how to act as an adult, his parents sure aren’t going to do it.

  28. 78
    michelle2 says:

    wow, that is sooo rude! i wonder what the passengers think of the kid’s behaviour. maybe most of them didn’t like what they hear from that kid. you did the right thing and yeah, wish you won’t see them again next time. :)

  29. 79

    Wow. Well it’s (painfully) obvious why he’s so rude, if his parents are letting him get away with that kind of behavior. But you are so right – just what are they teaching him? Just how to become a rude adult who’s demeaning to others. How horrible.

  30. 80
    popsgurl44 says:

    I cannot believe how people these days assume it’s ok for children to be so disrespectful. It’s sad really.. I enjoy reading your blogs and this was sad…I think you dealt with it accordingly ..I would have probably dumped the soda and the trash on the kid if it was me !

  31. 81

    Unbelievable… Though sometimes I wonder if the way we are treating our 19-mo-old will result in the same thing – when does she stop being a baby and become a respectful human being… Gotta do some reading up on discipline :)

  32. 82

    OMG is right! The reactions of those parents completely explain why that boy turned out to be such a brat! My son has a kid in his class who is the same way, except probably younger. His mom lets him do anything he wants, including drinking Pepsi for breakfast! No wonder he bounces off the walls all day!

  33. 83
    jennifer says:

    Wow, I have no words. How rude. Good for you for at least making a point to them, although obviously it was for naught.

  34. 84
    valmg says:

    I think you handled it perfectly. This is another example of irresponsible parents not doing their job and raising bratty children.

  35. 85

    Unfortunately I can believe this. It seems like more and more children are running the households. I find myself caught in dilemmas (not as bad as this), but my daughter throwing a fit because she doesn’t like something or wants something she can’t have. With the climate the way it is these days about people disciplining their children, it’s almost scary to confront them because someone may end up claiming you are being abusive.

  36. 86
    Stephanie says:

    I think you handled that situation quite well. Good for you for standing your ground in a professional way.

  37. 87
    Karen MEG says:

    What a brat!!!! And that his mother witnessed that and just picked up after him, how appalling. I would have been upset if my 3 year old had done that (and she never would) … let alone a TEN year old? Ugh.

    Bravo for how you handled that!

  38. 88
    Babalau says:

    I am STUPID!!!!!!!
    because i f******* my brother!!!=))

  39. 89
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