Sunday, February 17, 2013

Just Trying to Comprehend...

What the bloody hell goes through what passes for gray matter in some people. Came across this story today, and I can't help but wonder how this guy made it off the plane without missing key body parts:

Man slaps crying baby, utters racial slur on Delta flight
(CNN) — An Idaho man has been charged with assaulting a minor after he allegedly uttered a racial slur and slapped a 2-year-old boy who cried on a Delta plane as it began the final descent into Atlanta, court papers show.

Reached by phone Friday, Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, declined to comment to CNN and referred inquiries to his attorney. The attorney couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Friday.

The attorney was too busy trying to figure out which grit sandpaper would be best for polishing this turd, apparently. Now, I've been booked into the "squalling baby section" before, and on a long flight it can wear on your nerves. But for the love of G-d, you don't call a two year old a name, and you most decidedly do not lay a hand on someone else's kid. I've got to hand that child's mother mad props for not ripping the dude's arm off and beating him with the wet end.

I am absolutely certain I would not have had that much restraint.

He's looking at a good year in jail, and has been suspended from his job over this. I think that's a good start. If he was traveling on business he's on the clock, and I suspect that his employer might take a dim view of assault and battery on a two year old from one of their employees. I'd also be thinking about re-evaluating the wisdom of having such an unstable person in my employ - this is not his first time getting arrested for assault.

The slur is annoying, but speaks volumes about his character and little else. It's the actual, getting physical, laying-on-of-hands that I'm aghast over. To think that this nutball thought it acceptable to actually slap someone's two year old child - at the end of a flight, no less - makes me wonder how someone could actually reach an advanced age (he looks to be in his 50s or 60s) without stepping off a curb in front of a bus or some other dumbass move. He's pretty conclusively proven he doesn't have an ounce of common sense.

What worries me is what will happen when he hits the child of someone who thinks like me and he gets his ass beaten into the ground - I only hope that the parent who gives him the righteous beating he so richly deserves remembers to stretch first so they don't suffer any muscle injury...

That is all.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's just calls for a good old fashion ass whooping. I'd use an open hand but an ass whooping just the same.

I'd ask for a jury trial and not would be pretty confident of walking.

Gerry

Anonymous said...

..would be confident..

Sorry the coffee is not working today.

Gerry

Mikael said...

He wouldn't have survived to live another 5 minutes if it was my kid. An adult slap can kill a child.

I'd have hit him in the throat with my index and middle fingers' second knuckles and crushed his windpipe. (Courtesy of a Japanese Koryu I've practiced). Call it revoking his breathing privileges.

TOW Gunner said...

I'm with Mikael. I'd have beat him to death. Plain and simple

They call me Moe! said...

You fellas are to rough for me.

Old NFO said...

They 'should' have had to take him off on a stretcher after the passengers beat HIS ass...

Anonymous said...

Before the man is hanged in effigy, it's probably worth remembering the meaning of that word 'allegedly'. I mean, it's not like any reporter would ever sensationalize a story, right?

Anonymous said...

Ok, so Hayden is ground central for North Idaho's Skinhead movement. It's been mostly busted up, but it didn't survive all those years without a lot of on the ground, but not active, sympathizers.

To top it off, that mugshot was for a some other criminal offense.

This guy isn't exactly a model citizen.

Anonymous said...

I'm always surprised that people never think about the eyes....


.... seriously, you mess with my kids and i will strangle you with your optic nerve.

Roy said...

It's a sad commentary on the times, but nowadays, my default position whenever I hear about something like this is not "I would kill the scumbag!", but "What are the stupid reporters not telling us? What is the racial angle?" It's almost a given that the reporter is not telling the whole story, or outright lying to us. Just look at the byline: CNN. What does that tell you?

However, having said that, I would agree with others that, assuming the story is true as told, laying a hand on my child would get you serious bodily harm.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the gent, judging by what has been released of his previous arrest record, has anger management and alcohol management problems. He's on leave from his work, and Feebs are in so he'll probably get slapped with a hate-crime charge along with assault. I am curious to hear what the other witnesses have to say.

LittleRed1

Daniel in Brookline said...

At the risk of getting b!tch-slapped myself...

Watch yourselves out there, folks.

Yes, the immediate inclination when you see someone trying to hurt your child is to hurt them back, big-time. But remember how the press twists things, remember how they've trained some of the rest of us to do it too... and remember how irrelevant details can cause the issue of the moment to get lost.

Suppose everything went down exactly as given, with or without the racial slur, and you were the parent. Imagine that you shouted the jerk down and taught him some respect with your fists. Now imagine a newspaper headline about you: Large White Man Beats Up Small Black Man on Airplane. (Paging George Zimmerman. Note that in his case, being Hispanic and part black didn't help him in the slightest.)

As it is, it looks like justice is served; the @$$hole is getting what's coming to him.

Things that used to be ordinary common sense can now get you jail time. Be careful out there.

Armed Texan said...

I truly hope that "other passengers assisted Bennett" [the mother] is a euphemism for allowed her and her child to sit in their seats while they spent the rest of the flight making Hundley more uncomfortable than listening to a screaming 2 year old. There are ways of making someone regret their actions without laying a hand on them.