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*
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