Brooklyn Heights blog has an eyewitness account of the aftermath of one customer (allegedly) smacking another customer in the back of the head over a fussy child.
The smacking-aftermath witness says:
I was in the Montague St Starbucks at 10:20 am today, maybe 10:25. A man outside had a baby in an upright-type stroller and was speaking with a woman who seemed very concerned. It seems that his child was fussing in the stroller while the man ( who I will call “Dad”) was waiting for his drink. When the baby kept crying another man complained to Dad: when Dad did not leave and stayed to wait for his drink, the non-dad man slapped Dad on the back of the head.
Apparently they took the issue outside (where it was witnessed by the the person who tipped Brooklyn Heights blog) and the smackee was rational and did not smack back.
Personally, I was smacked by a child wielding a toilet brush like a weapon at IKEA the other day, but it’s hard to see how this sort of thing can go on between adult humans — particularly when the disagreement is over childish behavior. It’s entirely possible that the toilet brush toddler thought I would like to play St. George and the Dragon. Not sure what this guy’s excuse was.
How do you deal with parents who ignore fussy children? Should you do something?
Dad Slapped at Starbucks: Brooklyn Heights Justice or Just Plain Crazy? [Brooklyn Heights Blog via Starbucks Gossip]