Mother horrified by stranger's slap
A GROCERY shopping trip took an unexpected turn for a Bargara mother when a stranger smacked her three-year-old’s hand in the fruit section.
Martha Blyton asked her daughter, Madelyn McCabe, and her four-year-old son to pick up some grapes and place them in a bag for the trolley on Friday, when an “old lady” approached Madelyn.
“She just smacked her hand and said ‘don’t touch’,” Ms Blyton said.
Ms Blyton, who said she preferred a positive parenting method and reprimanded her children with time out, was appalled someone else had disciplined her child.
“I just felt horrified that someone — someone I didn’t know — smacked my child,” she said.
Ms Blyton said after the incident Madelyn returned to her shocked and upset.
“We didn’t get much stuff that day. I felt horrible and wanted to leave,” she said.
Ms Blyton said after the incident she had approached Woolworths, who offered to supply security footage of the incident if she required it.
Members of the community had mixed reactions, with mother of two Mel Thompson saying she was not sure how she would react in similar circumstances.
“We rarely smack the children — the kids would just be mortified if a stranger did it,” she said.
Grandfather Ken Greenwood said the woman who had administered the smack may have had a “different set of values”.
“In the case of a large discrepancy of age, I’d have a talk with them and explain it was not on,” he said.
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