Childless people on planes who want to complain about children flying. Look. I had this conversation with a friend of mine yesterday who was flying home to California from Virginia. She was texting me about this devil child who was behind her and kicking the back of her chair. She also took this to Facebook and added that "parents need to control their children" while on an airplane.
Some agreed and some chimed in with "don't judge until you are in that situation" and then it turned into a gooblygook of "I'm right no I'm right no you don't have kids so shut up etc etc etc."
Alright. In my never to be humble opinion, here it is: a child kicking the back of someone else's chair isn't a "you don't get to vote because you aren't a parent and you've never been there" issue. It's a human decency issue. And everyone gets a vote on that. Those with or without children do not deserve to be subjected to such rudeness and absolutely have the right to voice their displeasure.
More simply, a child kicking the back of someone else's chair is a "shitty horrible no good very bad parent" issue. I would never dream of allowing my child to kick the back of someone else's chair, on a plane or elsewhere. And if they did, I would be the first to reprimand my child and apologize profusely to the person in front of us, as well as make dang sure it didn't happen again.
But after that? After us parents do our parental duties and our children still cry and scream like mad? No, then you do not get a vote. Case in point: I was on a plane with my then 18 mo. old, just the two of us, flying home from Hawaii. He was sitting on my lap as he was only a year a half old. I didn't purchase an extra seat for him because it was the first time flying alone with my child and without my husband and everyone had told me not to purchase an entire extra ticket for a kid under two. The majority just sit them on their lap so that's what I did.
And within five minutes, he was freaking out and starting to kick the back of the chair in front of him. He was tired and exhausted and unhappy and I was mortified. Like I said earlier, I wouldn't dare let my child continue to kick the chair in front of him so I held his legs down in-between mine, which then made him flap his arms around wildly and just about strike the woman sitting to our immediate left. I had no choice but to get my child in a straight jacket hold in which his arms and legs were being held down by me. We were taking off, so I couldn't get up and walk around or head to our heaven on earth aka the lavatory.
As you can imagine, as I had him held down in my lap, as to constrict him from kicking and hitting the people/chairs around him, the only thing left he could do was vocalize his frustration. Loudly. And I tried it all...bouncing, rocking, offering food, milk, want to watch a movie? anything and everything, but for about a good fifteen minutes, my child could be heard in the cockpit. He was unhappy and I was completely embarrassed. Trust me, when our children are acting up on airplanes, us parents (or at least the majority of us) are dying inside and are so consumed and stressed out not only with our screaming child, but with what everyone else is thinking. We know you all hate us and it's a terrible feeling.
After the fasten seatbelt sign dinged off, I stood up and starting to make my way to the back of the plane to the bathroom. About halfway there, an older (and I assume childless) gentleman grabbed me by the arm as I was passing and sternly said, "can you make that baby be quiet?!"
I would have said something. I would have yanked my arm away and cursed at him something like "mind your own f*cking business" but like I said earlier, I was already so embarrassed and stressed and if I opened my mouth and even tried to utter a word, tears would burst from my eyes and I would be more of a mess than I already was. So I just said nothing, held back the tears and hid away in the teeny tiny airplane bathroom until someone knocked on the door telling me to go back to my seat (where it all started over again).
That plane ride still goes down as one of the worst experiences of my life even six years later. But you know what else I remember just as vividly? I remember two women in particular who reached out to me on that flight and offered their help. And even though there wasn't anything they could really do to help (got any duct tape?), it was their compassion and understanding that meant the most. And every time I've flown since, I have always felt empathy towards other mothers who have screaming kids on the plane.
So in conclusion, no, if you don't have kids and no one is kicking the back of your chair, you most definitely do not get a vote. Zip. (Sorry that one was kind of long. I'll try and keep the rest short and sweet.)
Criminals. Particularly, cold-blooded killers and those who hurt children. (I personally believe people who hurt children should be killed on the spot - slowly - however that is neither here nor there.) Criminals like this here particular feller who wrote a letter describing the horrific conditions his prison produced. He actually said out loud the words "my every human right is being violated."
Which wouldn't be so funny if the person spewing such nonsense hadn't murdered two innocent girls. Your human rights?! Homes...you don't deserve any human rights and you definitely don't get a vote. Bye.
Women who have had multiple husbands. And then try and give marriage advice. Ha.
Non Apple users who bash Apple products. I have to assume it is because either a) you can't afford Apple products or b) you are too stupid to figure them out.
People who don't tip their waiter. Look. If you don't tip your waiter, you're an asshole, and basically suck at life so for you, no voting privileges. Ever.
Happy Tuesday friends.