Mom Accuses Southwest Airlines For Name-Shaming Her 5 Year Old, Internet Name-Shames Her Even More

The world can be an unkind place and one little girl got a taste of this when her name was openly mocked by a gate agent at John Wayne International Airport. Five-year-old ‘Abcde,’ (pronounced “Ab-city,”) who suffers from epilepsy was catching a flight to El Paso, Texas along with her mother Traci Redford when the incident occurred.

According to the Social Security Administration database, 328 girls have been named Abcde in the United States.

Abcde and her mom had gone to the gate for priority boarding when the gate agent began to mock the girl

Redford explained in an interview with ABC7 that “The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, ‘Hey if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I’d appreciate if you’d just stop,” she recounted. Despite the confrontation, a photo of her daughter’s boarding pass with her name ended up on social media.

“She said ‘Mum, why is she laughing at my name?’

“I said not everyone is nice and not everyone is going to be nice and it’s unfortunate. While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter. It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines.”

An incensed Redford filed a formal complaint with the airline. The company responded two weeks later with disciplinary action against the mocker and a formal apology to the family: “We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online.”

Well, Southwest Airlines might treat people with respect online, but the rest of the internet wasn’t as sympathetic to the situation

Many people started saying that it’s all the parent’s fault

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Other people just could not hold it in and started joking about the name as well

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What do you think about this situation?

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5 Replies to “Mom Accuses Southwest Airlines For Name-Shaming Her 5 Year Old, Internet Name-Shames Her Even More

  1. I’m surprised child protective services were not involved. That is why countries like Hungary have a “preapproved names” list. To name your child something not on the list, you need to make a request and get approval from the government. That is so parents do not name their kids something like “Abcde” out of failure to look into names, drunkenness, or sheer hate for an ex they had the child with.

  2. I think the comments speak for themselves. If you love your daughter, and obviously you do, consider the world that she lives in and give her a proper name. I say this with respect and I am not mocking you. As a fellow “mom”, we want to make things as easy for our children as possible in most areas as the world is a place that is very difficult in many arenas. Please take the advice of these posts and do something wonderful for her by giving her a lovely name. There are endless names that would suit such a beautiful child who also has a beautiful mother. Pick a beautiful name for her and legally change her name. There is no shame in making changes for the betterment of our children. xo

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  4. I found that Africans choose strange names, I had two ambulance assistants work g with me on the ambulance their names were Beeswax and Mainroad. No one thought that odd!
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  5. How do you reply to stupidity? I feel bad for any child who will grow up regretting what their parents named them. There are many common names, and then there are names with trick pronunciations. Most egregious is the naming of a child that will only create confusion, as in how would a normal person pronounce the name “Abcde?”
    Names individualize people for the purpose of identification. We can get bored with a name to the point where they sound generic. Black families often try to use a common name but spell it in a way that makes you examine it before you try to pronounce it, then realize it could have been spelled and recognized more easily if it used the common spelling instead. This could become a racial issue, because it was decided by the parent to make that child different to anybody reading the name.
    I would not accept guilt or blame for a mis-pronounciation of any name. I might ask for the pronounciation, but in the army, when the Sgt. could not read a name, they just yelled “Hey, Alphabet..”

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