As much as we've griped, worried, and made fun of this winter, it's definitely shown us again and again how we're at Mother Nature's mercy! Especially when it comes to dangerous, slippery road and sidewalks. Yeesh, they're no joke, right? Well, apparently, they are to one Iowa father named Alan Andersen who is making headlines for sitting in his car and taking a video of kids coming out of school and taking turns accidentally slipping and falling on a patch of ice. What's more, his daughter was sitting next to him as he filmed the mean-spirited clip.
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So he claims he's "laughing with," not at these kids, but let's be honest: Is laughing at ALL what a responsible adult should have been doing? What if one of the kids had ended up taking such a bad spill that he or she actually suffered an injury? Would he have been laughing then? Furthermore, to know he was doing that in front of his child is pretty disconcerting. What's his daughter to think by watching Dad exploit these kids for giggles and, later, viral fame?
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Call me oversensitive or lacking a sense of humor (and to be fair, I've never been one for slapstick), but I feel like he definitely set a poor example by showing his daughter that it's okay to take a backseat and laugh at other people's pain. A mature adult, interested in doing what was right by his daughter and other people's kids, would have gotten out of the car and told kids to steer clear of the ice. But not this guy. He gleefully engaged in schadenfreude. And whether he intended to or not, he taught his daughter that it's okay to not only take a backseat when others are in potential danger, but laugh at their expense.
What's your reaction to what this dad did?
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