Mum Slams ‘Bully’ Who Filmed Her Children Climbing Barefoot Across Restaurant Tables
The mother of two children filmed climbing barefoot across tables at a US restaurant has called the person who shared it online a cyber-bully.
Oklahoma woman Madison Vining took to Facebook to criticise the person who filmed her children’s behaviour, and said the footage has had “heartbreaking” consequences for her family.
The video, filmed by two restaurant patrons and posted to Facebook, shows a barefoot young girl – apparently left unsupervised by her parents – scrambling over restaurant booths.
At one point the girl can be seen walking across an occupied table, and her brother later climbs up to join her.
Ms Vining wrote that restaurant staff spotted a couple filming her children and subsequently asked them to leave the premises.
While she has admitted her daughter’s behaviour was “a little wild”, Ms Vining has insisted she and her partner were distracted by a “sensitive conversation with a close friend”.
Ms Vining wrote that she has since threatened the couple with legal action for their alleged invasion of her children’s privacy.
“At the end of the day… If we had spanked our daughter and yelled at her, perhaps they would have shamed us for that as well,” she wrote.
“Of course, we are embarrassed about our daughter’s behaviour and we take full responsibility…but the situation could have been handled privately before posting a viral video.”
The Facebook page for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers chain restaurant, where the incident took place, has since been hammered with negative reviews.
Users have criticised the business for failing to address the incident at the time and for apparently siding with the parents by ejecting the couple who filmed from the restaurant.
“I would have appreciated management stepping in and explaining to parents that it is a health code violation to be in a restaurant without shoes and then walking on the tables, this is totally disgusting,” Facebook user Linda Carter Gugler wrote.
Other users have suggested that children often run amok and that viewers have no way of knowing the circumstances leading up to their actions.
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