Some people are just bogans and that’s that

bogan

So today I took my girls to their weekly McDonalds bribery treat and as they were biting ravenously into their freshly made nuggets (something I always request because this Maccas is totally awesome at serving them freaking stale) a mother/nanny/babysitter/random-stranger/aunty/ kidnapper sitting close to me starts repetitively, aggressively telling the toddler she was caring for to shut the f*uck up.

This child could be no more than, say, three.

And then, to make matters worse, she starts arguing with her husband/partner/sperm-doner/friend/partner-in-crime, shouting all kinds of expletives leading to my little, tiny girls dropping their nuggets and staring in confuzzlement/fear/worry/bemusement.

Side note: Today is clearly the day of the slash. ///

Anyway.

Once her tanty was over, she collected her family/step-family/random group of humans and got her arse out of there and all the patrons just sighed great big-mac odoured breaths of relief.

So why didn’t anyone say anything, I hear you ask in outrage? Why did everyone allow this abusive woman to shout and yell and swear and act like a complete and utter bogan?

Look I can’t speak for anyone but myself but I’ll tell you this for free. I was alone with my kids, and it just felt really right to shut the hell up – especially since she wasn’t actually physically abusing her assemblage. But if I was a few heads taller and perhaps carried a bit more muscle and I was without my little girls, well then yeah, maybe I would have spoken up. Not that I condone violence but at least I would stand a chance of surviving if it got to that.

But in this case, I just wanted the menace to society to leave the building. STAT.

Anyway while I really hate being Mrs McJudgey Pants, I’m afraid I can’t help myself in this instance. Besides, I’m more arsehole than usual today.

These people. They were absolute bogans.

If that offends you, I apologise. But witnessing a woman tell a toddler to shut the fu*ck up just really freaking got my goat.

Is it possible to de-boganise people? Does this woman even know she’s a bogan? Can’t people of these type just quietly remove themselves from the civilised world and migrate to a planet tailor-made for all their public-fuck-offs and child-scaring scenes in family ‘restaurants’ so we can eat all the lard in peace?

Rant over.

Are some people just bogans and that’s that?

All comments read, appreciated and responded to. So thank you x
  • Pinky Poinker

    Please refer to my Sunday night post… Jokes. Seriously though I get really cranky when I see this sort of thing. I saw a mother in a shopping centre fly off like that at her little girl. It’s quite repulsive. You should never interfere unless it’s physical because they may just take it out on the kid when they get home.

    • http://www.mammasvida.com.au/ Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      Hahahaha your post made me laugh BUT I beg to differ… Not that I’ve been to Townsville yet but I LOVE Cairns, PLUS we have the reef at our fingertips!
      Anyway, that woman today really ruined my day and I agree, best to leave these people to their own devices…. BOGANS!

  • Lee-Anne Walker

    The worst thing about your depressing little anecdote, Kat, is that no doubt these kids will grow up and replicate their mother’s behaviour with their own kids…the ‘oppressed become the oppressors’ phenomenon.

    • http://www.mammasvida.com.au/ Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      I was thinking the same thing, Lee-Anne, and sometimes I sympathise because of that. But surely someone can break the cycle! It’s just horrible to see :(

  • Mirkm

    That’s so sad to have to witness and for her own poor children. Sad sad. Boo to her.

    • http://www.mammasvida.com.au/ Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      So sad!

  • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

    I was waiting in the checkout line yesterday and this bogan woman who was wearing pyjamas – seriously! – was talking on her mobile phone non stop, about some guy and how he refused to buy her cigarettes.

    Then, she said “So David was telling me about X, I didn’t really listen, but here’s what happened”.

    The Other Half was there with me, and we both caught each others eye and nearly lost it, it was so difficult to keep a straight face until we got through the checkout.. and as we were walking back to the car, I said “how can she be telling this story if she didn’t listen to David telling her the story in the first place?”

    Well I don’t know about you, but I like to listen to my gossip so I can pass it on 100% correctly. :) I’m wacky like that. ;)

    • http://www.mammasvida.com.au/ Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      That’s too funny! #bogans
      Oh and I’m totally as wacky as you, because gossip surely must be heard to be re-told!

  • Renee

    I’ve witnessed similar things and it’s always left me feeling sad. I’ve never said anything to the people involved because 1) I’m chicken and 2) I was worried they may abuse the child more. I also remember being shocked when a colleague remarked about his own daughter ‘Can’t wait til we can put the little bitch in child care’!! This is man wouldn’t fit into the traditional ‘bogan’ category either. A bit off topic but talking about fast food it amazes me how many kids I see, still in prams for God’s sake, sucking on a soft drink larger than they are! Yes, I’m judging!

    • http://www.mammasvida.com.au/ Kat Caravella – Mamma’s Vida

      Gosh people are such grubs! I mostly feel sorry for the kids :(
      And totally agree! I always give my kids water at Maccas, I know it doesn’t make up for all the crap they’re eating anyway but at least it’s something! We’re a no-soft-drink-zone here (I’m judging too!)

      • Renee

        I think giving your kids water does make up a bit for some of the junk food treats they’re having – I usually go for water too when I have a nugget treat at Maccas. I just can’t get over the sheer size of the soft drinks I see some little ones drinking from – literally the size of their torsos. The amount of sugar/calories in them are too much for a little body. On a final note, gee I wish you could edit your own comments on here. It’s painful to read previous comments and find glaring mistakes, especially as I like to read them over and over to torture myself. :)

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