While picking up her young child from school, a woman became embroiled in a heated argument with another mom. What fueled her fury? The other mom’s unwarranted criticism of her job. The woman then turned to Reddit for opinions. Who was at fault? You decide:
She Was Doing the School Run
The Original Poster (OP) explains that her husband usually does the school run. However, he was sick on the day of the incident, which is why she was there instead.
There’s a New Kid in Town
OP was there to collect her seven-year-old daughter, who she knew had a new classmate. OP hadn’t met the parents yet…until then.
She Went Over to the Other Moms
Everything was fine, to begin with. OP saw a bunch of other moms she knew who were waiting for their children, so she went over to chat with them. The new kid’s mom was there, too, and they began to get acquainted…
It Started Out Okay
OP and the new mom got talking. She asked what OP did for work, so she told her the truth – that she runs a small business from home, making jewelry that she sells on various online platforms. OP didn’t get the response she was expecting…
She Was Rude and Insulting
After hearing what she did for a living, this new mom responded, “So you’re on benefits then.” OP couldn’t believe it. She was in shock. But the woman wasn’t finished. She then told OP that “she knows [her] type and [she’s] just lying to not look bad.” OP’s shock turned to anger…
An Argument Ensued
OP was livid, telling the woman to “mind her own ******* business.” The mom then fired back, calling OP a scrounger and an “******* without manners.” That was the final straw for OP. She’d had enough and walked away before it escalated further.
Another Mom Stuck Up For Her
OP’s daughter eventually appeared. As they were leaving, she overheard one of the other moms telling the woman how successful OP is. OP wished she could have seen the lady’s face but decided not to turn around.
Should OP Feel Bad?
OP put the story on Reddit to get a second opinion. She’d been thinking about what happened and felt like it wasn’t her proudest moment. Now she’s worried it’ll make future school runs awkward for her partner. She finished with a question: was she in the wrong? If so, she feels like she’ll have to apologize to the other mom…
Reddit Was On Her Side
People on Reddit thought the only person who’d done something wrong was that other mom in the schoolyard. The most upvoted comment read, “She was unnecessarily rude to you for no reason, you had every right to say what you said.”
Another chimed in, adding this: “And swearing amongst a group of parents isn’t incredibly scandalous or anything…they’re familiar with the word “f******.” The other woman was rude as hell and OP’s response was appropriate imo.”
She Disrespected Her
Many of the comments hone in on the disrespect the woman had shown OP. One person wrote, “She disrespected you first, all you did was stand up for yourself. Good for you, she was super out of line.” Then someone else piggybacked off that to say, “I’m not a fan of needlessly cussing someone out. But this wasn’t needless. New mum stuck her nose in someone else’s business and made a (very rude!) assumption. She got what was coming to her.”
What Do You Think?
So whose side are you on? Do you think OP should have managed her temper better and held her tongue? Or was she within her rights to snap back at the woman who’d been so rude to her? What would you have done in that situation? Drop a comment to let us know.
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