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    Sorry but I'm lost for words...

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    That's awful. I wouldn't have restrained myself though. I would have looked at the little girl and said 'my DD didn't want to get on Santa's lap either, and that's okay. She might be more comfortable next year.' And then if the dad said anything to me I'd ask him if he acted this way around his friends because they must be low life's if they see him treat his family like this and still want to be friends with him.

    I get that parents have bad days, but this guy was way out of line. Today he learnt that he can humiliate his child in public and get away with it.

    I can understand being scared of how he might react to you though, but if there was a room full of people I would have felt confident enough to say something. It is scary though. I chased a man and stood up to him at work for the way he was treating people. I'm sure my voice was shaking the whole time, and he didn't take to it too lightly but I really hope it made him reassess his actions. If nothing else the people who had no voice and were copping his abuse were so unbelievably thankful that I stood up for them when they couldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Marigold~ View Post
    Would you have put yourself and your child in harms way by "sticking up" for her? Trust me, I'd have LOVED to have given him a piece of mind, but he was clearly unhinged and I was on my own with my 2 year old, there as no telling what he could have done if I, or anyone else, had started up or interfered.
    It was absolutely heartbreaking so please spare me your guilt trip ffs.
    I wasn't guilt tripping you. I just find it sad no one in an entire group of people had the guts to stand up for a little girl being berated.
    Yes I would have said something and have done so in the past. There is not really an excuse not to stand up for a child in my opinion.

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    Considering how upset and disturbed Marigold is about what she saw can we maybe not make her feel bad because you would have done differently. I'm pretty sure she feels ****ty enough as it is.

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    Oh babe xxx that's just bloody awful. What a total pr!ck of a man.

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    That's really horrible breaks my heart

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    If anyone had of stood up for the little girl I am almost certain his treatment of her would have been much much worse once he left - if he is going to treat her like that in public imagine how he would react in private if he had been told off by a stranger for it...

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    Heart breaking! Poor little love.
    I wonder what he honestly thought that was going to achieve

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    I haven't been so affected by something like this in a long time, I have not been able to get it out of my mind. I wrestled with myself and beat myself up the moment I left, but seeing the librarian assisting and my own DD beginning to get restless I left.
    Not voicing my opinion there and then wasn't a decision I took lightly or even myself agreed with; I WAS livid, repulsed and felt my heart racing at the prospect of saying something... I lingered around and held my tongue and had images of him following me out to my car... it was just terrible and my heart is bleeding for that child and I hope her mother realises the extent of the damage that man is causing their baby girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Marigold~ View Post
    I haven't been so affected by something like this in a long time, I have not been able to get it out of my mind. I wrestled with myself and beat myself up the moment I left, but seeing the librarian assisting and my own DD beginning to get restless I left.
    Not voicing my opinion there and then wasn't a decision I took lightly or even myself agreed with; I WAS livid, repulsed and felt my heart racing at the prospect of saying something... I lingered around and held my tongue and had images of him following me out to my car... it was just terrible and my heart is bleeding for that child and I hope her mother realises the extent of the damage that man is causing their baby girl.
    Please don't beat yourself up. No one but you was right there in that moment so all the woulda shoulda couldas in the world are pointless. You witnessed something really traumatic and need to be kind to yourself.

    The only person whose actions should be questioned here are that of the horrible perpetrator.

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