Mother in Law Pushes Another Mum Aside and Picks up Her Crying Baby at the Supermarket – HELL NO!
It’s not often that a story crosses my desk that elicits a sudden raging response in me. It has happened a couple of times before – that time a mother-in-law gatecrashed the delivery suite is one example, and the woman who wore a white dress to her son’s wedding is another. Here is the third installment of things that make me feel a bit stabby.
This is about a mother in law, who, for reasons best known to herself, decided to try and kill one child with a known allergen and attempt to kidnap another, as witnessed by a fellow shopper in the US.
Here is her story:
Honestly, before I witnessed this, I didn’t believe that people actually acted this way. I didn’t believe that one person could have that much of a lack of self-awareness. But now…….. I just wish that there was a rule that if someone is acting like a complete ass, you can drop molten gold on them, a la Game Of Thrones.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the grocery store just shopping around, minding my own business. I’m looking at some ribs when I hear what sounds like an argument happening behind me. Now, normally I would’ve just ignored it. Because this is Walmart, shit like this is par for the course. But my ears stayed tuned in because one particular voice sounded very exhausted. So, I casually stroll over to get a better look and listen. (I’m nosy. Sue me.)
I see this woman, maybe late 20’s, with a toddler, maybe aged two, on her hip. She looks like she was wishing for death because another woman (later identified as her mother in law, aged 50+) was whisper-yelling at her. From what I can gather this is the convo.
Woman: “He can’t have that. You always do this. He’s allergic to oranges. They give him rashes.”
Mother-In-Law: “But he looooooves them. You just say that because you’re too overprotective. Let him eat what he wants. If he gets sick, I can take care of him.” Talking to her grandchild: “You’re going to be such a brat if she keeps treating you like this.”
Woman: “Just because you are his grandmother does not mean that you know best. And I guess the rashes on his body and the crazy fever he got last time was made up. You racked up a huge unnecessary hospital bill for *partner’s name* and I because you just wouldn’t listen to us. He is allergic. It is even on his records that he can’t have them. If he gets sick again, I could be investigated by DCS.”
Now, I know exactly what she means. I was allergic to oranges when I was a kid as well. I would also get a rash on my body when I ate a certain amount. I guess my body eventually built up an immunity to them because they don’t bother me now, but I used to have to be pulled from school on the regular because the cafeteria staff would let me get oranges, despite there being a note in my chart. And as a young kid, I hated milk so I would choose either apple juice or orange juice if I could. Eventually, my mum started packing my lunch. But it’s pretty scary.
Anyway, this goes on for a bit, but I start to walk away because I feel like a snoop. So, I continue my shopping. I’m on my way to the front to check out when I hear a LOUD smack followed by a baby crying and more yelling. I rush over thinking a baby fell out of a cart. Lo and behold, who do I see. MIL, who is rubbing her arm. Woman, who is clearly embarrassed and wishing that the ground would swallow her. The grandchild, who is fast asleep in the cart. Another woman holding a screaming baby and who’s face is bright red. She sounds like she’s trying to kill MIL with her words. Pretty soon, an employee rushes over and asks what happened. And what she tells them, makes my blood boil.
Other woman: “That bitch tried to take my baby! I’m going to call the fucking police! What the fuck is wrong with you?! Who the fuck do you think you are?!”
Mother-In-Law: “I was just trying to hold her. She seemed like she was upset and you were just shoving a pacifier in her face. I have five kids. I know what a crying baby wants.”
The first woman was starting to tear up and turns to the employee and the other woman. “Please just let us leave. I’m so sorry. I promise it will never happen again.”
Other woman: “Honey, is this your mother?”
Woman: “No. She’s my mother-in-law.”
Other woman: “Well, you better get her in check before she gets her ass whopped. You don’t touch someone else’s child without permission. If I had a gun, I probably would’ve shot her.”
The other woman is still trying to console her baby, who is probably traumatised at this point from being jostled so suddenly. I am just burning with rage. I figure that whoever is in charge can handle it and I go checkout my groceries, leave the store and sit in my car for a few minutes because I am too angry to drive at that moment.
A few days later, I go back to the store because I know one of the employees there very well. I ask her what happened because I didn’t see what happened before the mother-in-law got smacked and she tells me this.
Apparently, the mother-in-law was walking behind the other woman and noticed that she was trying to give the baby a pacifier. And without warning, just walked over, lightly PUSHED the woman out of the way and SCOOPED up the baby and started trying to console her!!!!!!! Then, when the woman tried to grab her baby out of the mother-in-law’s arms and she wouldn’t let go. So, she pulled her even harder and the MIL eventually let go of the baby, she almost dropped her. So, the baby started crying, the other woman smacks the MIL and that’s when I walked over.
TLDR; MIL almost killed one child and tried to kidnap another.
Christ on a bike, who on earth does that woman think she is? Not only did she think she knew better than her daughter-in-law, but she also thought she knew better than a complete stranger, a woman (and baby) that she had never met before in her entire life!
She’s very lucky that all she got was slapped on the arm. It is very likely that I would have punched that flying twatwaffle square in the face and broken her nose.
Why do strangers, especially old women, think it’s okay to touch other people’s babies?
Seriously, who does that??? Who takes it upon themselves to pick up someone else’s child and then NOT HAND THEM BACK when confronted? What kind of giant shit gibbon thinks that’s okay? What type of insanity is that?
This is a level of ridiculousness that Rob Dyrdek would refuse to host.
It’s bad enough to undermine your own daughter-in-law… but to undermine and to attempt to justify undermining a total stranger is absolutely psychotic.
I need a cup of tea and a sit-down. I have this totally worthless pitchfork and nowhere to riot.
What do you think? How would you react if this had happened to you and your child?
Source: Reddit and Giphy
*source edited slightly for clarity