Mum gobsmacked after stranger's rude comment in supermarket about her child

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A shopping trip turned into a confrontation (stock image) -Credit:Alamy Stock Photo

An innocent interaction in a supermarket prompted a furious reaction, leaving one perplexed mum in shock. The mother-of-three, who has three year old twins - a boy and a girl - and a tiny ten-week-old baby, had taken her little ones to a doctor's appointment.

Following this, she stopped at the supermarket for some groceries. As they browsed the aisles, her inquisitive twins were discussing the items on the shelves and their plans for fun at the park later.

Upon turning down an aisle, they encountered a service dog - the first one the twins had ever seen. This naturally caused great excitement from her daughter, who loves animals, and she 'immediately shouted 'PUPPY MUMMY PUPPY LOOK' and pointed towards the dog'.

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The mum reminded her daughter to 'use her inside voice', and when asked if she could pet the dog, she explained that 'the puppy was working and we couldn't distract it'. Sharing her experience on Reddit, she wrote: "I made it clear to them they could look at the dog but we were NOT going to call the dog, pet the dog, speak to the dog, or try and play with the dog. The dog is not like our dog at home, this dog has an important job and we don't want to distract him. They are three but did a really good job of respecting the dog's space. I was so proud.", reports the Mirror.

The twins, who had never encountered a service dog before, were slightly puzzled and showered their mother with adorable queries about the dog's profession, asking everything from 'Is the dog working like daddy?' to 'Why can't we pet puppies with jobs?'

They also pondered why their own dog at home wasn't employed, humorously concluding that it was too 'lazy'.

Their mother patiently answered all their questions as they continued their shopping trip. She remembered: "We walked right past the dog and the twins did a really good job of respecting the dog's space and not distracting him by shouting or reaching for him. (again so proud we have been working on respecting others' space)."

However, just as the family left the aisle, an older woman tapped the mother on the shoulder and claimed that her 'daughter was poorly behaved because she shouted when she saw the service dog'. The mum, quick to defend her children, responded: "I informed her my child was three and three-year-olds do that sometimes. The older lady just looked at me and said that HER kids never shouted in stores THEY were ALWAYS quiet or asleep. I said okay thank you bye now and walked off."

"For two three-year-olds hopped up on the one piece of candy each the doctor gave them AND were super excited to go to the park later. They were shockingly well-mannered in the store. Besides the initial shout when they saw the service dog they didn't scream, cry, try to pet, talk to, call, or do anything besides just watch the dog and ask me questions."

Reflecting on the 'odd and kinda funny' situation, she added: "I am so proud of them. My husband and I have been laughing about this story all night. The kids weren't even behaving badly they've definitely behaved much worse than shouting once in public (I'm not afraid to admit they have had complete meltdowns in public over the smallest things)."

"Maybe that lady had a stick up her butt or something. I thought they were being incredibly well-behaved sweet children today."

Sympathetic comments flooded in from other Reddit users who shared her confusion and supported her stance that the issue lay with the woman's attitude, not her parenting skills. One user offered words of wisdom: "I love the quote 'don't take criticism from someone you'd never go to for advice'. She's a mean spitfire woman. Don't give her a second more of your thoughts."

Another chimed in: "I swear parents with adult children have no memory of what their kids were truly like. They're all the same! Throughout time and around the world."