ANSWERS: 45
  • I would leave it alone. Why would I do anything?
  • As much as I would like do something, I would leave it alone.
  • honestly I would lewave it alone unless the parent was out of control. I guess it would depend on the situation.
  • Unless it looks like true "child abuse" I leave it alone. While I don't agree with spanking for MY kids, I also know it's not my place to judge what others do with their kids. We all shall "live and let live". :)
  • I would go over there and spank that parent like there's no tomorrow. Just joking, I think I would leave it alone unless they were seriously going overboard, like seriously hitting the child.
  • question is what would you do?
  • I would probably leave it alone. Does that make me a bad person? I don't know the whole situation. Maybe the child was being a brat and the parent tried to make sure he or she wasn't disciplining his or her child in the presence of other people, but it didn't end up working out like that.
  • It depends. If it isn't a good ass whipping that can really hurt the child and the said child was being a little snot and deserved it I would probably cheer the parent on.
  • Well if I did what I wanted and decked the parent to show them what phyically repremanding anyone in public would be like. I would probably get the cops called on me or make things worse for the child. I would probably just get on my cell and call the cops and report abuse. Maybe even take a few pics to help them be prosicuted. Good thing it is illegal here. Last person I heard of doing this got 10 years! *jumps for joy*
  • if they're beating on the kids i'd do something - probably call security or have the manager do it quick. if it's clearly a child misbehaving, then i'll let the spanking happen
  • Good question, I guess it depends on how bad it is, it could go both ways. Since you asked I guess it was bad, in which case, I would open up a can of you know, or report it if Im feeling lazy...
  • I would probably call shop security to handle it. If I was not near a place where there was security, I might go to the woman and speak to her. I have done that sometimes, or I have spoken to the child, telling them that mummy has been good to them. Be good for mummy. It would depend on how severe the "spanking" was. If it were continual, not just one tap, I would intervene.
  • I would leave it alone. Its just another parent disciplining their child. You may, or may not, believe that spanking is wrong, but if used rarely, and only for discipline then it's not anything to worry about.
  • I would leave it alone although i'd want to jump in and intervene. 1. its not my place 2. i don't have the guts if it was bad i'd call the cops or something.
  • Spank away (within reason). I hate (ok dislike) this politically correct society!
  • Depends on my mood. I might just ignore it and attribute it to the crazy society we live in. Or I might step in myself if I was feeling bold. I wouldn't lecture them - I'd sound like a jerk - I'd just tell them- "Look, I don't like what you are doing. The least you can do is take it somewhere else. Hitting a kid in public (or in private) is just not right. Besides, the rythmic thumping of your hand against your child's buttocks is out of tempo with the Kenny G music."
  • I would cheerlead hahaha Honestly it depends if it was just a little thump on the bottom or if they were really going to town
  • Leave it alone, unless it was really out of hand and was obvious that it was not a simple spanking.
  • If it was a spanking, then no. If it were more, I'd call security or intervene. I have.
  • I would probably do what I would do if I saw any crime being committed and call the police. Spanking is a crime here.
  • The context is too vague.
  • Yes, sometimes kids need it! I usually wait until we get in the car and leave immediately if possible!!!
  • As long as its just a spanking and not a beating, leave it be. There are too many out there now who should have been spanked when they were younger; it likely would have made the right difference in how they ended up.
  • Im assuming you mean do you leave the situation alone or do something. But I would definetly leave the situation alone. Its nobody elses businesses to intrude on how other people choose to raise their children, unless they were being physically beaten..then maybe..but a spanking...they probably deserved it! Besides theres nothing wrong with a little light beating every now and then (im just kidding, but you know what i mean)...kids need to be put in their place, espcially when they are being brats
  • You said spanking the child, not beating the child..in that case, I'd let it go...I spanked my son many a time when he was young and would have not welcomed anyone interfering with my disciplining my kid
  • I'd leave it alone. I'm not one to tell a parent how to raise their kid. I wouldn't want that parent to come at me, ethier.
  • leave it alone. Why would you think you knew how to better handle the situation than the parent?
  • I make a scene and just stand around and watch. I dont say anything. I just stare and watch. observe. it tends to draw other people to stand and watch.
  • I dont do anything unless they are beating the crap out of them. I firmly believe in spanking your children and I think it's sad that parents have to be so careful what they do in public.
  • I believe in spankings soo unless it was way over the line I'd mind my own business but applaud them to myself
  • I mind my own business cause sometimes that somebody might be me:)
  • I will tell you the absolute truth. I saw a woman literally banging her child's head against the back of a high-backed pew while they were waiting on a table to clear at a Longorn's restaurant. I embarrassed the shit out of that lady, too. I had no qualms whatsoever about yelling, "That's enough, lady!!!!" in front of the entire restaurant. That boy's head was making VERY loud smacking sounds and, though nobody else would speak up!!! I made the hostess station call the police and do you know what? That lady left before the cops could get there. How's that for a guilty conscience?!!!! And I have no problem doing it again, either!!!!!
  • Depends on the severity of the spanking as I generally tend to mind my own business. I once asked a woman to take it easy on her son and she practically attacked me physically. Normally, I would have beat her ass and taught her a lesson back then, but I had my own child with me and he was just a baby at the time so I let her rant and rave and get in my face and called the cops immediately after she left. Sometimes, a spanking is not only deserved it is necessary and at other times when the parent is acting out of anger, it can be dangerous so if it is a horrible actual beating, they should be called on it but caution is always advised.
  • Well there's a spanking - a good single slap across the rump, and then there's everything else, which in my mind equates to beating the kid up. I'd certainly say it was none of my business if a conscientious parent was disciplining their child at the moment of need (too many don't even bother and the kids grow up as brats), but if they were bullying them and knocking them around I hope I'd challenge them or be on my cell phone to the police in an instant.
  • It depends what your definition of spanking is! I have given my children a smack on the bottom,but never in public,I wouldnt do that to them, I dont believe that public viewing helps at all!
  • I don't do anything. I hate how people get upset when somebody spanks their kid. There is usually a very good reason for why they are doing it. I also hate parents who let their kids do whatever they want because the think its cute. The kid needs to be spanked and told no or they are never going to learn.
  • never seen it
  • Leave it alone...The child probably needs it..I've seen plenty of children, in public, that needed a spanking and didn't get it..Ask my kid, she'll tell ya'...I don't play around with that...I love her more than my own life...But she will mind me or get a spanking...Corporal punishment is legal...As long as there are no bruises or obvious signs of trauma...But if you were raised like I was...You got your ass beat when needed and it was not NEEDED often
  • If it's just a spanking on the bottom, I'd leave it alone. I think there are alot of children who need spanked. If it was blatent abuse, i'd say something.
  • I wouldn't interfere if the parent looked like they they were showing self control and spanking with reasonable force. If the spanking itself or the parents demeanor seemed out of control, then I would definitely try to defend the child. I also know that intervention could cause the stress of the parent to escalate, causing the child more severe abuse once they leave. A situation like this should be handled very carefully to ensure the welfare of the child. I would probably try to approach the parent calmly and just suggest that they tone it down a little or something to that effect. If things were severe enough, I may call the police.
  • I'd mind my own business. I'm not a parental type. I don't have children. I would have been afraid to raise children, 20 years ago. These days, I'm terrified.
  • spanking is NOMB.. abuse is everyone's business. I had someone call child welfare on me when I spanked my son at the store. They threatened to take him away from me because I spanked him.. NOT ABUSE..spanked.. I of course was found not guilty.. they asked questions to his teachers, my neighbors, EVERYONE.. everyone from then on treated me like I was guilty even though I was found not guilty. parents can't win. Had I not spanked my child and he gotten hit by a car, I would have gotten in trouble for NOT controlling him (child neglect).. I did control him and I get in trouble for it. People need to mind their own business. I know people who do abuse their kid and not a damn thing gets done..why.. child welfare is too busy investigating cases of innocent parents who are trying to raise respectful adults just because some asshole turned them for spanking their child.. again.. spanking..not abuse. and their is a BIG difference. There is a special place in Hell for child abusers and I would NEVER abuse any child. My son today is a happy, healthy well behaved respectful young man.. he is NOT violent and he is NOT in juvenile hall.. There is no way I would EVER put another parent thru the years of Hell I went thru with the "looks" I got from teachers and neighbors and other parents. because whether you believe it or not..in the eyes of everyone else.. once child welfare gets involved you are guilty even if you are not
  • ahh i dont say anything. not my business. If its just spanking of course. If a mom was like drop kicking them that would be something else.
  • Well first your question is assuming that everyone agrees that spanking is wrong wich is clearly untrue. But to answer that I would also leave it alone unless it was abusive. It's a relief to see how hany people believe in spankings because questions like these have made me afraid to spank my children in public. But it also helped me come up with more discreet ways to do what I (rarely) have to do, like pinching, or thumping.
  • That would depend on how hard they are hitting the kid and whether or not they are in control of themselves. No kid ever died of a swat on the tush and the suprise and embarrassment of having it happen in public can do more than ten private spankings. However, if the parent is out of control and harming their child, then yes, I would feel compelled to do something. Doing something can be as simple as pointedly stopping to watch and glare while rummaging in your purse for your cell phone.

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