A mother’s story about being the "meanest mom in the world" has gone viral on Facebook.
Jaime Sullivan took her three kids out for dessert at Dairy Queen on April 17, Fox 8 News reported.
In a Facebook post, Sullivan explained how a teenage server handed her children their ice cream, and not a single one of them said "thank you."
Took the kids to Dairy Queen after dinner. They ordered their dessert choices and we waited about 5 minutes for them to call out our number. The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me... So I waited. I counted to 10
in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door. I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can. All 3 launched into mass hysteria. I waited. Quiet. Calm. When they realized I had something to say, they quieted down.
I explained that one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you. We are too old at 8/7/5 to move through our days without exercising manners and honestly basic human decency.
So today, I am the meanest mom in the world.
The April 17 Facebook post was shared more than 44,000 times in four days, and it was the subject of both praise and criticism from Facebook users.
“As someone who works in a restaurant and deals with people who ignore me when I ask ‘how are you?’, or sit their money on the counter when I'm holding my hand out for it, or won't even acknowledge me after I say thank you, have a nice day! Thank you,” one user wrote. “Thank you for instilling into your children manners and plain human decency!”
Other users, however, felt Sullivan went too far.
“I know you are their mother, but in my opinion, I thought that was a bit over the top!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” one user wrote. “I would have made them go back in the ice cream place and apologize for not saying thank you. They are great kids, and this was quite harsh and this memory will really stay with them, even though I know you were trying to make a point.”