'Hero' Fast Food Customer Buys 23 Pies to Spite a 5-Year-Old

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apple pieWhen it comes to fast food, do two wrongs make a right? A man who was having a bad day bought 23 apple pies just to spite the 5-year-old boy and mother standing in line behind him at Burger King. That sounds like a mean thing to do, but some people think he was justified. According to the man, the boy was throwing a tantrum while his mother talked on her cellphone. And the man had a headache coming on.

We all have bad days. Was this case of apple pie hoarding justified? Did anyone learn anything from this episode? The Pie Pirate described on Reddit his ordeal with the mother and child behind him.

When behind me comes this woman yapping on her cellphone with a little monster of a child. This kid was out of control, screaming, punching his mother throwing around a gameboy whenever something didn't go right in the game. The mother didn't seem to pay any attention to him and his continued yelling of 'I want a F*cking PIE'.

The man says he politely asked the woman to quiet her child, and she immediately flew into a rage, yelling that he shouldn't tell her how to raise her child and to mind his own business. He turns back around and she continues yelling at him, then consoles her child, assuring him that she'll buy him an apple pie.

Finally, it's the man's turn to order. He asks for every single pie that's left. It comes to 23. He pays for all his pies, starts to walk away, and then hears the mother yelling, "What do you mean all the pies are gone? Who bought them all?" The cashier points to the man.

I stand there and pull out a pie and slowly start eating as I stare back at her. She starts running towards me but can't get to me because of other lineups in the food court. I turn and slowly walk away.

And now he's having a crisis of conscience, wondering if he's a bad person for doing such a thing. Because this is Reddit, the answer he gets is, "Will you marry me?"

I'm on the fence. When I first saw the headline, of course I thought he was just a big jerk. But then when I read about the child's and mother's atrocious behavior, I kind of got it. And then when I read how he spun the ending into comic gold, I realized: I'm probably a jerk, too, because that is hilarious. Shame on me for laughing out loud here at my desk!

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Don't get me wrong -- I don't think this man was justified in his actions at all. And I'm fairly confident that the mom did not Learn an Important Lesson from this incident. She just got angry. People like that are not receptive to learning experiences. If she could tell her side of the story, it would probably sound completely different.

Most of us would have just put up with the noise and commotion in our own silent, private agony, ordered our food, and left, relieved to be away from the awful pair. Doing harm back does no one any good. But I have some compassion for the man, and I can understand why he was moved to such a mean-spirited act.

Sometimes revenge is a dish best eaten piping hot while standing in the doorway of a fast food restaurant.

What do you think -- is this man a "bad person" for buying all the pies out of spite?


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BirdCo BirdCo

That guy is awesome.

kayba... kaybayblee3

lol! So that woman was just going to buy her kid a pie even with bahavior like that? Kudos to this man.

Allison Appleby

If it played out the way he says then perhaps he's not really a bad guy. Not a great guy, but worse things could have happened. Denying a spoiled kid pie.....not so bad.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

I love it! The little brat didn't deserve any pie. :)

eem8605 eem8605

Sounds like someone needs to parent this child because it sure isn't beening done by this mother. The language and behavior from that child, he wouldn't be at Burger King. He would be at home doing chores and in his room without his gameboy. Kudos to this man who demonstrated one of a few acts of parenting to this child. 

AJoh AJoh

Probably not the most mature thing to do, but it is funny. I'd probably laugh out loud if I were there.

I just hope that the mother gets her head out soon to see she's ruining her kid (if this is a true story. on Reddit, you can never be sure...)

nonmember avatar Michael

Maybe the next time the mom will be a mom instead of a oblivious cell phone user. Probably not though. In any event, the comedy is probably worth it. And he probably had 22 friends that were happy about this as well.

TheSi... TheSilence

This guy is awesome.

He bought pie, he is allowed to buy pie. There's no rule that says he has to leave the pie because another customer might want it.

I don't think he is mean at all.

I think the kid was a spoiled little brat that needed a spank and to have all his toys taken away for his behavior and his language. I think the mother was a lazy jerk who raised such a bratty out of control child.

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