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06 August 2005 @ 12:09 pm
Whoa! That's just...wrong!!!  
I had an experience yesterday on the Metro that just floored me. Now everyone who knows me knows that I don't want children. I'm not planning on them and I don't really enjoy them. I'm not saying I'm a child hater. If a pregnant lady gets on the Metro, I immediately stand up and offer her my seat. If there's a cute baby, I'll admire him/her. Heck, when I went to Disney World with Jazz a couple years ago, there were cute babies all over the place and I was "awww!!"ing with the best of them.

But last night...yeeowch.

It's my habit to sleep during my ride. I don't know when it started, but when I can find a seat, I usually doze (if I'm not sitting against the wall) or sleep until my stop. Yesterday I was a little late (trying to find a quarter for the shuttle!) so I was happy that the train was mostly empty and I could sleep on the way home.

So I settled in, leaned against the wall and started to drift off. I was sitting in one of the sideways seats. As we pulled into Foggy Bottom (the first stop), I heard people enter and two very young voices. Two boys. I ignored them and tried to sleep. Heard this convo as I tried to relax.

"Hey, what's she doing?"
"Is she sleeping?"
"Yeah, she's sleeping!"
"Is she really asleep?"

And stuff like that. Luckily, I was able to tune it out and I actually did fall asleep a few seconds later.

I was woken up rather rudely by a hand grabbing my chest! I bolted awake immediately, swinging my arm up and knocking the offending appendage away from my boob. I was stunned to look in the face of a kid!! He was no more than...I'd say 7, though I'm awful at judging ages. I know he was older than my nephew (4) and younger than my godson (12). :)

He stared at me and says, "You're awake." Well DUH!! Someone grabs my boob, that usually wakes me up! I stared right back (thinking "holy crap!") and said, "Don't touch me." Not nasty, not violent -- mostly stunned.

The mother didn't appreciate that. She tells me not to touch her child (I guess she referred to when I knocked his hand away). I told her he'd grabbed me and she said, "No, he didn't." She denied it!! I couldn't believe it! She actually thought I went around smacking kids for no reason?? Granted, she didn't know me, but a minute ago I was asleep!! I goggled at her, but luckily another passenger spoke up and said that he did touch me "inappropriately" (Loved that. English professor type guy. It was like Giles was speaking up for me!) and my reaction was totally proper. And the mother didn't even say sorry. She didn't have her kid say sorry. She said, "But he's just a child!" I was really surprised there. I've never had that excuse thrown at me. Meek old me said, "That doesn't mean he should go around grabbing people." She was really irritated then. I guess I shouldn't have questioned her parenting skills. She repeated that he was a child a couple more times. I was really annoyed that the kid stood right by me staring at me all this time. Creepy as hell. The mother finally yelled at him to get away from me (thank God!!!) and at the next stop, they got off. Thank God again!!

The nice English guy apologized for my having to go through that. I thanked him for that, though he had nothing to apologize for. I thanked him for speaking up for me, too. Couldn't sleep after that. Imagine that...
Feeling?: distresseddistressed
I went to a crowded fire and yelled theatre!: bitchpleasepeace_piper on August 6th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
The nerve of some people... honestly, "he's just a child" is no excuse whatsoever. You were well within your rights to smack him. A groper is a groper no matter child or old guy.
Wonderland's Girlbenkenobigal on August 6th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
If it was a baby, I could forgive it. They don't see 'em as boobs. They're just lunch. But this was a kid. One who was old enough to know better and not going around touching sleeping women's boobs!!!
Pkatkat_box on August 7th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
You know Steff, I don't know if you just have the lock on ignorant people in your area although I doubt it. But it never ceases to amaze me how people want to explain away or deflect bad behaviours with suck-ass stupid EXCUSES! YOU (or your child) did "X" behaviour, now accept responsibility for those actions and rectify it or apologise! Don't say "the devil made me do it" because I don't fucking believe you. No one MADE you do anything, YOU made that choice.

So for that bint to say he was "just a child" is inexcusable! Completely inexcusable.

I've thought for a long time that reproduction was just too damn easy for some people to accomplish, that there should be a test you had to pass before you were allowed the "privilege" of having kids. But alas, this is not so. Any git with a penis or vagina can pop one out.

*sigh* I guess we're just destined to be surrounded with stupid people, eh? ;)
Wonderland's Girlbenkenobigal on August 7th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
I've never heard that stupid "but he's just a child!" excuse before now. I was amazed. I didn't think anyone was that STUPID to think that was an excuse for horrible behavior. Yup, he's a child. But he's also your responsibility and you should teach him right from wrong. Dumbass. Sigh.

I'm continually amazed at the morons in life...
Kim, Meezer Queen and Equestriennemeezergal on August 7th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
Lucky it wasn't me...I don't wake up pretty and the kid would've found himself on his ass. Bet mom would've LOVED that. :D
Wonderland's Girlbenkenobigal on August 7th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
Shoot, pity you weren't sitting next to me to put the smack-down on the brat! :)

...then we both could have jumped the Englishman. Ha ha!! :D
Johnjarlsberg71 on August 10th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Hey, my ONE time riding on your metro system and I see a guy watching home-made porn on his cell phone....
Wonderland's Girlbenkenobigal on August 10th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, raise your hand if "ew"? That's just nasty! I assure you that's not a normal thing!! We're not all total pervs here!! :)