Store Clerk Who Spanked ‘Naughty’ Toddler Is Lucky She Didn’t Get Smacked Herself

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spank dollToddlers can be difficult to control in stores -- we all know this, right? All hands and curiosity and accidents. Moms have come to expect disapproving stares and maybe even requests to leave the store. But a spanking? Angela Cropley was horrified when a store clerk smacked her three-year-old on the bottom. The girl had knocked a bottle off a shelf. Angela, who was also with an eight-month-old baby started cleaning up the mess right away, but the clerk swatted her daughter and told her she was being naughty.

The poor mom was so horrified (and probably also embarrassed) she just stormed out of the store. Frankly, I'm amazed she didn't stay and throw a tantrum herself. But later friends urged Angela to return to the store and complain.

Angela says the butt-smack was hard enough to shove her daughter forward into the display. "Lora was just being a typical three-year-old girl and it certainly wasn't her place to discipline my child," she says. No it was not! Which is why I'm so amazed that Angela just left instead of spanking the store clerk right back.

The one time I caught someone else yelling at my son (a dad on the playground) I went ape shit. YES, my kid was in the wrong. But seeing him get attacked by another adult just triggered my mama bear instinct. I started screaming at him. And that's just for scolding. If I ever caught someone actually spanking my son I cannot imagine the fury that would unleash.

So either this mom has amazing self control, or she was too shocked to fight back. Anyway, when she returned to the store she got the brush-off from the manager. He told her it had only been a tap, no big deal, move along now. Clearly they disagree over how hard this "tap" really was, but that's beside the point. What's a stranger doing even touching someone's child?!? And imagine if this had happened to your teenager, or to an adult. They knock something off the shelf and someone comes along and whacks them. In what world would that be acceptable?

Good grief. Anyway, after making Angela feel like an oversensitive money-grubber the store did eventually (grudgingly) apologize. But now the story is in the news, so too little too late, assholes. Honestly, I think for any parent it's probably enough to just scold back whenever an adult voluntarily disciplines your child. If nothing else, at least your child sees that you have her back.

What would you do if a stranger spanked your child without your permission?


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Vegeta Vegeta

If my kid was being bad and I didn't see them but someone else did and they got a lecture or a smack for it I'd thank that person. And not go to the news station for my every little problem. That teaches the little brat to be entitled and not listen to authority.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

THEF*CK Vegeta??? NO, NO ONE has the right to touch my child...PERIOD! I would have called the cops then and there, it's call assault! (no, really, any unwanted touch by a stranger, especially hitting, is assault)

nonmember avatar Jess

I would have a real problem with this. Vegeta, so you teach your children that random strangers have authority over them? Also, no one is allowed to physically disipline my child!

nonmember avatar Lilac

Am I the only one who caught this. You publicly screamed at a man who was scolding your child in public even though you admit your kid was in the wrong and instead of handling the situation so another adult didn't have to step in you yelled at the adult. Um...great example you set there for your child.

Serab... Serabelle

Vegeta, it sounds like the MOM was already handling the problem. If anyone ever laid a hand on my kid, I don't care what the circumstances are, I would botch slap them or worse! My kid, my choice how to deal with it! Strangers can come to me with their issues, not my kid!

2baby... 2babymomma

I would punch a bitch

BPayne09 BPayne09

I would have laid her out on the floor. If you're not family don't touch my child.

Mommi... MommietoJB

No ones laying a hand on my kids. I will unleash the beast on their ass. The more effective way of handling this situation would be for the clerk to tell the little girl what she was doing was wrong and to tell the mom keep a better eye on your kid or get out. I know that I appreciate when another calm intelligent adult gives my 4 yr old an outside look at his behavior.

Vegeta Vegeta

Mammamel and jess, was I talking about your child? No? K that's what I thought. And 'random strangers' no, but store clerks IN A STORE (who are responsible for the product in the store) are authority. And refer to what lilac said about the entitled bit. Swear to god the people on this site read all of 'your child' and 'person who isn't you' and go completely apeshit with brain turned off and pitchfork out.

BirdCo BirdCo

I love the comment section on stories like this. It takes me back to high school when all the girls would talk shit about handing out ass kickings. You ladies are hilarious and no more believable then you were back then.

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