The world has recently woken up to the story of an angry Mom who’s accusing Southwest Airlines of openly mocking her 5-year-old daughter, who also has epilepsy, all because of her name. Awful, right?
But wait… did I mention that this Mom also named her 5-year-old daughter Abcde (pronounced “Ab-City”)? Well… she did. And according to the Social Security Administration database, she isn’t the only one. There have actually been 328 girls who have also been gifted (or more like, cursed) with this same name in the United States.
And the internet has some questions for them.
Keep scrolling for the full story.
So, Abcde and her Mom had gone to the gate for their priority boarding, which is when the gate agent allegedly begins to mock the little girl’s name.
ABC7 interviewed Redford (The girl’s mother) mother about the ordeal and she recounted the events of that day saying;
“The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, ‘Hey if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I’d appreciate if you’d just stop,”
Despite this awkward confrontation, a photo of her daughter’s boarding pass with her name eventually ended up all over social media.
“She said ‘Mum, why is she laughing at my name?’
“I said not everyone is nice and not everyone is going to be nice and it’s unfortunate. While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter. It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines.”
Redford, now enraged, filed a formal complaint with the airline itself. The company eventually responded to Redford two-weeks later stating that there had been disciplinary action carried out against the mocker and issued a formal apology to the family:
“We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our Customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online.”
Good for them, to be fair. However, just because Southwest Airlines may treat people with respect online, doesn’t mean that the rest of the internet was going to. It’s safe to say that there were many, many people out there who were not as sympathetic towards the situation at all.
And as you would imagine, many of those people started saying that it’s pretty much all the parent’s fault
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And there were others (as there always is) that just couldn’t help themselves and began mocking the name (or more so, the mother’s decision to choose such a name for her daughter) too.
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