Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Angry Rant

This is why I no longer prosecute--it just makes me too angry. Allegedly, a 61-yr-old man slapped a woman's toddler in a Walmart in Stone Mountain, GA, after he told her "If you don't shut that baby up, I will shut her up for you." He is now being charged with felony cruelty to children.


Roger Stephens--soon to be behind bars. Smooth move, Ex-lax.
If this occurred anywhere else other than Walmart, I wouldn't believe it. I don't mean to rip on my beloved Walmart (the husband is there right now picking up some hangers.) But the fact that a person was trampled to death on Black Friday in a Walmart in upstate New York proves my point. Walmart brings out the worst in people. But they still have the best prices.

All I can say is if this had happened to me and my kid, there is no question in my mind that I would have jumped on this man's back and beaten the living crap out of him or died trying. I'm livid just reading about it. I hope every person in his town is as mad as I am. He'd better watch his six.
ps. I promise a lighter post tomorrow. We'll talk kitchens--But I have to clean mine to take a picture. Rats.

19 comments:

Ashley said...

I can't believe this loser did that. But boy would I pay good money to see you jump on his back and start beating him. I have no doubt that you would fight til security pulled you off.

Now give us the real reason you don't prosecute cases anymore.

Pandy said...

Are you flippin kidding me???? I love the South but completely understand where the crazy stereotypes come from when I read something like this. He probably only has 2 teeth and is married to his sister.

Cameron said...

This reminds me of a documentary I saw once about gang culture within prison. Apparently, one of the few universal "rules" that most prisoners have is that they will not tolerate other inmates convicted of abusing babies or very small children. It doesn't matter if the abuse is physical or sexual, for some reason inmates feel a need to carry out their own vigilante-style justice on these guys. You can only imagine what that includes! I hope that whatever plea deal he takes, he ends up doing time...gotta love the South!

Jill said...

This story is unbelievable, how could he possibly have thought it was okay to do that? I'm convinced the vast majority of people are mentally unstable.

The Mostess said...

You just brought back my favorite 80's line involving chocolate laxatives for backed up bowels. Thanks a million!!

Melissa Walker said...

I saw this on the news--can you even imagine having the audacity to slap someone else's child? I'm with you Brooke--if someone touched my child I would go off!

Lauri said...

Brooke..I completely agree! I would have kicked the tar out of him if that had been one of my children..or ANY child for that matter!! BTW..you totally crack me up!! :)

WHITE said...

That guy wouldn't have left walmart a real man, if that would have been one of my boys.
What a pathetic little man!!! They should stick him in jail with a radio that plays nothing but infants and children crying and throwing fits all day long!!
Thanks for the post, nothin like getting worked up on a lovely Thursday afternoon! :)

Sam said...

Since no one is inclined to defend Roger and I have defended worse, I will give it a shot.

Roger made a mistake but he is no monster. He slapped a child in public in front of the child's mother...after giving a verbal warning no less. Did he put the kid in a coma? Cause bleeding? Were stiches required? No to all three. Of course, no one should ever strike someone else's kid, but do we need to make Roger a felon for the rest of his life?

Is he a pedophile? Did he kill someone? Did he steal someone's life savings? He slapped a kid...something most of us do on a regular basis. Roger was probably having a bad day when this kid was screaming bloody murder b/c she wasn't getting the Bratz doll she wanted...and her mom was too engrossed in her cell phone conversation to notice. And she was probably wearing strech pants w/stirrups, making the slap even more justified in my opinion.

Roger deserves punishment, but let's not get carried away. Our country incarcerates more people (based upon percentage of population) than any where else in the world. Roger should not go to jail unless he has a criminal history.

BTW, I love Walmart.

Heather said...

I'm thinking...Walmart is a pretty big store...couldn't he somehow get away from the screaming kid? What is wrong with people?

brooke said...

I've got 1000 dollars that says Roger has a criminal history. Just a hunch.

And if he would slap a kid in front of her mother, can you imagine what he would do in private?

Lock him up.

Sam and I never see eye-to-eye on these issues. Don't get me started on Michael Vick.

sheryl said...

1. I HATE WALMART.
It breeds low life mothers who take their tired children out when they should be in bed. It breeds lost leader items so shoppers THINK they get good deals but...they don't. REALLY...DO THE COMPARRISONS! It puts the little guy who actually cared about his customers out of business. etc etc etc... don't get me started!

2. NOBODY BETTER TOUCH MY KID(S)! ...but sometimes they have deserved it. Walmart mothers don't get that! They are illerterate degenerates who know nothing about parenting.

3. THANK YOU SAM! I agree with Sam. The real person on trial should be the mother first, then the man. I think an appropriate punishment for him would be community service served in walmart trying to make kids happy inspite of their poor circumstances of being born to white/brown/red/black trash mothers.

Please...pay that extra 10 cents at Target and put Walmart out of business! It would be so worth it!

sheryl said...

Sam is correct about fellow prisoners and abuse. I am sad I know the stories I know. they are not pretty. Here in Southern Utah they actually have a completely different area for those who abused children.

sheryl said...

That should have been Cam is correct about fellow prisoners.

Sam said...

You don't have $1,000 and never assume.

The case of Michael Vick is perhaps the biggest tragedy of the American criminal justice system.

Em said...

Seeing as I abhor Walmart and do my best to put it out of business by not shopping there, Sheryl's comment was a fave. A while back I was thinking of posting about my hatred for the vile Wally, but I'd say this pretty much covers it.

But peeps, go easy on the South! UT's got its own share of misfits, that's fo' sho', and usually they live outside prison walls. (ahem--Colorado City!)

hannah said...

gah! I can't believe that. How maddening.

Linda said...

I just have to say, it is scary what Brooke would ask for (in court) if she were the prosecutor in this case. I remember her (when she was pregnant and the hormones were raging) throwing a kid into DT for being disrepectful to his mother while sitting outside the courtroom waiting for his trial. Brooke did not even have his case, but she overheard him and marched into the courtroom, interrupting another trial and demanded that the judge give this kid Detention. The judge obeyed her! Then there was the case where some teenagers broke into a house and dirtied up the carpets. . .Brooke went after them with a vengence. . .

Sarah said...

Didn't hear about this one, but don't even get me started about the Burger King story this week. Did you hear about it? Makes me so mad. Stupid people!