I have a story about a hellspawn. Luckily, not one of mine!
I was with Tank, who was in the market for a new TV. Not entirely sure why, the one he has works fine, but... boys and their toys. We've been to many different stores, just looking at what was available, but this story takes place a Hellmart.
While Tank was doing his talking thing with the employee, there was another family about 5 feet down from us looking at a smaller TV. With them, was a 8-9 year old boy who was throwing around a baseball (could of been a softball, I don't know my sports very well, just know it was a ball used in either baseball or softball.) Thing is, he was throwing it at the wall and catching it. They were at the end of the row of TVs, just where there was about a foot of extra wall left over. Parents, of course, wasn't doing anything to stop them.
The employee was a younger girl, no bigger than me (and I stand at a whole 5'0.) She excused herself from our group and went up to the family and said, "I'm sorry, could you please have your son stop throwing the ball? We don't want anything to break."
Mother was having none of it and yelled, "Mind your own business. Jimmy (named changed cause I don't remember it) is doing nothing wrong."
Employee: "Ma'am, he could break a TV and you would be held responsible and have to pay for the damage."
Mother: "Bullshit, that's illegal. Get the fuck out of my face before I have you fired for harassing me and my family."
Employee looked a little stunned, well okay, very stunned. Jimmy (the boy) just laughed and threw the ball some more. Just as the employee turned around (later, we learned to go call her manager) the boy threw the ball so hard, missed it, and nailed the employee right in the head. It wasn't enough to knock her out, but she did have the stunned/dizzy look to her.
I rushed over to help the poor girl out, Tank went over and ripped the ball out of the boy's hand (with much yelling from the mother saying he was trying to steal her son's items), and my son ran to the electronics desk yelling, "SOMEONE'S BEEN HURT!!!!" I was able to see him from where the employee was now sitting on the ground and there were, as luck would have it, another coworker there talking to his manager.
The mother was screaming her head because Tank "was stealing their belongings." She also started demanding discounts because she was "being harassed and bullied." Her husband was no better and demanded Tank be booted from the store for "landing his hands on his precious son, who did nothing wrong, what so ever." (Tank didn't touch the boy, at all, just grabbed the ball that the boy barely had a grip on.) And the kid... he was laughing his ass off for nailing some poor girl in the head.
However, we were able to get the truth out to the manager and the family was escorted out of the store. The girl employee kept saying she was fine, just was a little shocked, but had a nice size bump on her head. The manager had called an ambulance for her though, but we didn't stick around for them to arrive and head the verdict. My kids were complaining about being hungry and wanting lunch. The employee was thanking us for helping her and we wished her the best of luck. Tank even said he might return next week to buy a TV from her (because he liked the one we saw and was within his budget.)
On our way out, my son asks, "Is that why I can't bring toys into the store?"
Yes, dear, it's part of the reason, but even if you did bring in a toy, I wouldn't be stupid enough to let you throw it around.