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WTF. Holy overreaction, Batman!

Natalie Williamson, her husband and their son Riley were flying from Fiji to Sydney, Australia, when Williamson’s husband and their son were playing peek-a-boo and a flight attendant joined in by stowing Riley along with the carry-on luggage. “I stood up and there were people laughing and then I said ‘Get my son out of there now’,” Natalie said in the Sunday Herald Sun. Within 10 seconds he was removed from the overhead bin.The airline conducted an investigation and the flight attendant was subsequently fired. Virgin has offered the Williamsons free flights, but Natalie said she’s too shaken up by the incident to redeem them, according to MSNBC.com.So, here’s the thing: Riley is now 20 months old and “has seen various specialists since the incident” because his mom says he’s “suffering from anxiety and withdrawal.”Now, I’m no lawyer and I have no idea if the family has filed a suit or plans to, but I’ve watched Nancy Grace enough (OK, once) to know that’s lawsuit language if I’ve ever heard it. I totally agree that particular flight attendant should be not in the vicinity of toddlers and overhead bins anymore, and while I’d be fuming and calling for blood, the flight attendant’s firing and the refund of my tickets would likely have suited me just fine.“He won’t leave my sight now,” Riley’s mom said. “He sleeps with me. If I’m not in the same room as him, he will scream and yell ‘Mum, mum, mum.’ ”So, is that something he wasn’t doing before the overhead bin incident? Were 10 terrible seconds of his life enough to give him Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Obviously I don’t know the family involved, I’m just saying that I had a 17-month-old once, and there were many mini traumas in her life, too — mostly anything involving her not getting her way — but none that stayed with her for much longer than the duration of the incident.If Riley is really suffering as a result of his 10 seconds with the carry-on bags, I think the airline should pay dearly to ensure he gets the care he needs. Of course, seeing as though I’m not a doctor (in addition to not being a lawyer), I have no idea how the cause of his anxiety and attachment to his mom will be linked to the Virgin incident.Either way, I sincerely hope little Riley will be OK, and I also hope that his trauma isn’t the result of anyone in his family with dollar signs in their eyes.---------------------------------------------------What the what, yo. I'd find it hysterical if a flight attendant was playing with my kid and stuck her in a bin. I certainly wouldn't claim she was traumatized! WDYT? 
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    ReturnOfKuusReturnOfKuus member
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    edited December 2011
    There is something seriously wrong with that mother, and even a little more so with the airline that fired the flight attendant.
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    edited December 2011
    I don't think she honestly feels this way, I think she's milking it to get a few $100k out of the airline (and you know, for 10 sec of time that will be the highest hourly wage that little bugger makese his entire life).
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    loveshine1loveshine1 member
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    edited December 2011
    Ditto, BM.




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    GBCKGBCK member
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    edited December 2011
    coming from the person who put her baby in a pumpkin AND a wrapped box (no lid) @ christmas....WTF?

    Maybe the parental freakout has to do w/ the anxiety?
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    baconsmombaconsmom member
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    More likely it's just his age - 20 months is prime "stranger danger" time. 
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    GBCKGBCK member
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    ah, that makes sense.
    I'm not looking forward to that stage.
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    baconsmombaconsmom member
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    edited December 2011
    HA! A comment on this from Jezebel:

    Unless the fight attendant said, "Peekaboo this, you little fucker," I don't get what the issue is? 
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    mrsconn23mrsconn23 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_wedding-woes_wtf-holy-overreaction-batman?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:47Discussion:7069fd59-ff11-4cf1-93c4-1f50abe7bc1dPost:969933aa-cad2-48aa-ae65-97c870107951">Re: WTF. Holy overreaction, Batman!</a>:
    [QUOTE]HA! A comment on this from Jezebel: Unless the fight attendant said, "Peekaboo this, you little fucker," I don't get what the issue is? 
    Posted by baconsmom[/QUOTE]

    *ded* 
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    Butter CookieButter Cookie member
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    Wow. I... talk about total overreaction.

    I mean, I think it's weird the woman picked up someone else's child and stuffed them into the overhead compartment, but it's not like she literally shoved him in there and squeezed the door shut.

    Also: Withdrawal from what? How is this child suffering withdrawal? Withdrawal from society? Withdrawal from his cool hiding place?
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    6fsn6fsn member
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    The flight attendant overstepped.  That's something I ask the parent about first.  I was pissed when the maid at the hotel grabbed my screaming child and tried to hug him.  Kid was kicking and screaming and I was telling her no and she still did it.

    The attendant shouldn't be fired and the parents are most DEFINITELY overreacting.
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    mrsconn23mrsconn23 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_wedding-woes_wtf-holy-overreaction-batman?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:47Discussion:7069fd59-ff11-4cf1-93c4-1f50abe7bc1dPost:15834dfb-fa49-4021-b881-6d79929f0f5e">Re: WTF. Holy overreaction, Batman!</a>:
    [QUOTE]<strong> I was pissed when the maid at the hotel grabbed my screaming child and tried to hug him.  Kid was kicking and screaming and I was telling her no and she still did it. </strong>
    Posted by 6fsn[/QUOTE]


    What the friggin' what?! 

    I do not understand this at all.  Hello, boundaries people.  Even children have the right to personal space...Especially from strangers.
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    6fsn6fsn member
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    It was when DH was gone for 3 wks.  We'd seen the same maid a bunch of times.  She was always talking to the kid and pretending to tickle him and calling him her friend. 

    One morning we were leaving the hotel for the day.  She grabbed his arm and started to pull him into a hug.  He started screaming.  My hands were full, but I was yelling at her to stop.  By the time I dropped everything she had him in the air trying to hug him as he kicked and screamed with the look of sheer terror on his face.

    This happened right in front of the front desk.  DH's conference was down the hall and he heard the kid screaming.

    When we got back the manager apologized.  I told her it wasn't a huge deal.  6let settled down in no time, but as a life lesson it's never a good idea to try to snatch someone's kid.

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