posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 06:29 PM
I just want to preface my relation of this event by saying that I am a big proponent of people and government not intruding into the affairs of
I stopped at the local pizzeria this afternoon to grab a few slices before heading home to take care of the bills and watch some HBO. The store is
located close to my home on the corner of a main thoroughfare but set back a bit. It is quite small and there are only a few tables inside and the
same number outside.
I grabbed a drink and placed my order and they guy manning the counter said he would bring it out for me when it was ready. I grabbed a menu to flip
through and sat outside. As I was walking out a man and his young son walked in past me. I caught the distinct smell of alcohol as he passed by.
They came back out and sat at one of the tables and almost immediately the father began repremanding the son. He wasn't, as far as could tell, doing
anything more troublesome then playing around with the condiments that were on the table. He was using some rather harsh language as the son appeared
to me to be around 5 or 6. All the while his speech was obviously slurred.
My food came out and the guy was still going at it and the person who brought out my food caught my eye and we both kind of shook our heads. I figured
he would stop but he kept on going. There food came out shortly after mine and that's when things got completely out of hand.
Apparently in the course of playing with the condiment containers the kid had loosened one of the tops and it looked from where I was sitting that the
father had dumped most of the red pepper on his slice of pizza. He grabbed his son by the forearm and pulled him out of the chair. They way he did so
cuased the kid to scream in a way which, to me, sounded like he was in a good deal of pain. He then proceeded to hit his son repeatedly about the back
of the head and on his backside. The enitre time he was holding him up by the arm so the kid was basically dangling there.
As I said before I really do not like to meddle in other people's affairs and expect the same in return. This however made me furious. I got up and
said that I didn't think it was a good idea for him to be doing what he was doing. He looked at him a told me to, 'Mind my own f*****g business.' I
told him he was making it my business by acting like this.
By this time the shop owner had come out and asked what the commotion was about. The guy had by this time let go of his son who was wailing
hysterically and standing behind the chair he had been pulled out of. I told the shop owner the guy was beating the crap out of his kid and that he
seemed drunk and maybe he should all the cops.
The father got really incenced with me and told me again that it was not my business. The shop owner said that he didn't want any trouble. I told the
guy again he made it my business and to the shop owner that he already had trouble.
The guy then made a point of threatening me. Now, I may not be the biggest guy in the world but that does not mean I can;t handle myself. I told him
that I wasn't a 5 year old and he better not even think of backing his words up with actions. I asked the shop owner to call the police again and he
seemed to be a bit dazed. I said screw it and I'll call them myself.
At this point I relaized that I had left my cell phone in the center console and informed both of them I was going to get my phone and call the
police. I walked the 30 or so feet towards my car which was in the small lot near the main street and as I got there the father grabbed his kid and
ran for his car which was paker right infront of the pizza place. I quickly grabbed my phone and ran back to try and get his plate but he had sped off
and I was unable to do so. I asked the guy running the place if he got it but he neve even moved from where he was standing.
I eventually did call the police and they took a statement from both of us and also asked to have the security video the shop owner had that looked
over the counter towards the door. They had me look at the tape while they interviewed me and the picture was not that great but you could make out
some of his features. Without a plate number or any other identifiers they could not make a positive ID. I had never seen the guy before and know most
people in my neighborhood where this took place.
I am still PO'd about the whole thing. I feel that I did the right thing by saying something but I feel kind of stupid for not getting the guys
plate. I am also really upset with the shop owner for standing by and doing nothing.
You and your children are your business but I just felt that I needed to do something here. Was I right to get invloved?