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YOUR CALL: Would You Call the Cops on This Salem Willows Visitor?

So we're not exactly John Quinones on 'What Would You Do?,' but an interesting police call came in over the weekend, and we want to know what you would have done in that situation.

On Saturday at 4:58 p.m., the Salem Police, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"city-of-salem-police-department"} --> received a call from a person concerned about a young girl who was being yelled at on Restaurant Row in the

Bill September 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Do nothing. It's the mother's choice to parent her child as she pleases. Not my problema, though I am sure I am supporting both of them in some way
MShribman September 19, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Yelling obscenities in public is creating a disturbance. Of course, it is important to discipline a child, (too many are not disciplined), but this is not the way to do it. Take away privileges and things...No TV, or social networking for a week.
Danielle September 19, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Ok, I'm not GOING TO, but right at this very MOMENT, I'd like to yell a few obscenities at my 18 month old, who just refreshed my page, deleting my very long-winded comment before I could post it. The rest of you can give her your thanks later. Bottom line. Loud Public Profanity- unattractive, but not always out of line (ex. Fenway, playoffs, bottom of the 10th, strike 3) Other than that, wicked UN-classy Loud Profanity blurted out by a frazzled mother in a moment of weakness = Mulligan. And maybe a much-needed time out and some understanding. (ps- been there, done that. Not judging anyone..) Loud Public Profanity and humiliation regularly used as discipline (YES, you can tell the difference, and I would be JUST FINE with confronting them in public.)
David Sanderson September 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
This mother should be embarrassed and ashamed!! NEVER ACCEPTABLE. I would have confronted the mother! David
Becky M. September 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Yelling/screaming in public is indeed a public disturbance, but adding profanities while yelling/screaming a child regardless of where it's taking place is not good in my opinion. Yes, people are all human and have limits, but if the child is very young they are much more impressionable with the way they're treated and will in turn treat others with as much disrespect as they're given. Would I have called the cops? No - not unless I saw physical abuse, though if the parent was really nasty to the child that is definitely verbal abuse and should not be allowed. What the parent decides to do in their own home is one thing, but why should the rest of us be forced to listen to and witness that kind of behavior?

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