FASHION DISASTER

Walmart Shopper Calls Toddler A “Faggot,” Rips “Feminine” Clothing From His Head

2013-08-02-FloweryHeadbandIn case you needed another reason to completely lose faith in humanity, allow yourself to sit through the terrifying tale of a grown man that suggested violence against the two-year-old child he called a “faggot” in Walmart.

Thirty-one year-old Katie Vyktoriah, a stay-at-home mom and blogger at AMotherThing.com, recounted the awful chain of events in a recent blog post for HuffPo. She explains that the trip to a Walmart in Davenport, Florida began like any other—her two-year-old son, Dexter, was in tow with his chosen fashion accessory for the outing: a “cute girly” lace flower headband.

Vyktoriah says she doesn’t believe her son “has a sexuality” at two years old, but encourages him to dress and act the way he chooses. Dexter’s favorite color is pink, he loves Dora the Explorer, and he often plays dress up with his mother’s skirts.

“He rocked that headband,” Vyktoriah says, indicating that the picture above was taken after he charmed a group of older women by “waving like a little pageant prince.”

Shortly after, she was approached by two giggling teenage girls who asked, “Is that a boy or a girl?” She answered, to which the girls continued to giggle.

What happened next is just as disgusting as it is unbelievable:

Out of nowhere a big booming voice rang out. “THAT’S a BOY?!” The man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace-up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him.

According to Vyktoriah, the man allegedly stepped forward, snatched the headband from Dexter’s head, and “cuffed Dexter around the side of his head.”

Visibly distraught, Dexter reached out and yelled “NO!” while the man said “You’ll thank me later, little man.”

After telling the man to refrain from touching her child, Vyktoriah says he “snarled at me” and “looked at Dexter with disgust” before telling her “Your son is a f*cking faggot. He’ll get shot for it one day!”

Perhaps the most troubling detail of the story is the fact that several witnesses failed to confront the man or offer support once he had left.

Vyktoriah says she fears mostly for the future of her children, regardless of their sexuality:

But right now, the fact that homophobia is so rampant, that gay marriage is still seen as dirty because homosexuals are “lesser” somehow and don’t deserve to have the same rights as straight folk, that people like that man in Walmart even EXIST makes me fear for my kids and their futures.

While we may accept and support whoever our kids turn out to be, I am scared beyond words at what it would mean for them if they ARE gay. Why should anyone have to live in fear because they fall in love with someone that you or someone else doesn’t agree with? Why should mothers and fathers of gay kids have to have an extra layer of terror at night because they know that the world at large is against their child?

While debate rages on her personal Facebook page, Vyktoriah has said that she has been advised “not to say any more about the situation” after filing a report with The Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy.

What would you have done if you witnessed such an act?

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66 Comments

  • samfw

    What a sickening jerk…

  • 2eo

    Drunk, unkempt, hateful, dressed like a scumbag and hanging around supermarkets drunk. He is GOP through and through.

  • Boricuaex

    The guy’s a closet case who clearly cruises the bathrooms at Wal*Mart. Piece of shit.

  • avesraggiana

    This happened at a WALMART? Enough said.

  • richybruce

    I would have jumped on top of the fat slob and started beating his head in. You asked.

  • Eduardo

    You guys do realize that the story has been all but exposed as fake? The mother has a history of pathological lying and internet histrionics (faking diseases, being in disasters such as plane, train, car crashes, etc.). She already pulled her page earlier as people started questioning her story more. more info on her at the link.

    http://getoffmyinternets.net/a-mother-thing-doesnt-plan-to-do-a-thing/#comments

  • boring

    Spells it “Vyktoriah?” Sorry, gonna judge, and I’m gonna judge HARD.

  • bma83

    “After telling the man to refrain from touching her child…”

    That’s it? That’s all she did? Couldn’t have been my mother or my father (or me, for that matter). My parents would have beaten that man within an inch of his life for touching one of their babies. I highly suggest this woman look up “mama bear” on Urban Dictionary.

  • Snapper59

    I read this story and knew immediately it was creative writing. It surprises me not it’s been exposed as fake.
    Muchausen-by-proxy. She’s using her kid as a prop for advancement of her career.

  • Snapper59

    “What would you have done if you witnessed such an act?”

    Well, considering from the moment you exit your car to the moment you return to it that the majority of WalMart stores are filming you to prevent BS stories and lawsuits, I probably would have started with that knowledge and reported this beast to the police and store manager when it happened.

  • Melanie

    i doubted the truth of this story when i first read it. then it came out as false. but no matter, if something like this did happen(and it very well could) i would have DEFINITELY would have to say something to someone like that. i recently got into quite an argument with a guy that had a big swastika tattoed to the back of his neck. i HAD to say somethoing to him, just like i would have said something in a situation like this. i realize most ppl don’t have the nerve to say anything. but i feel like if you are witnessing something like this going on, you HAVE to say something, otherwise your silence is like consent. you’re letting that person know(with your silence) that what they are saying or doing is okay woth you. that’s how i look at it.

  • Deepdow

    Wow. I’m surprised , well maybe not, at the “debate” raging on her Facebook… “you’ll thank me later little man ” … seriously..people are defending a troglodyte that says that? I would have killed him on cold blood if h e ever said that to me or one of my nephews. Note to Honky tomorrow heterosexual men that are antigay : EONE OF IS ARE LOOKING FOR ONE REASON TO MURDER YOU.

  • Snapper59

    @Deepdow: I think the “debate” is that this mother who apparently coddles her kids to the point where her living is creating a blog about her efforts at motherhood would allow her child to be accosted in a public place and rather than report it immediately to store security or the police chooses instead apparently to have gone home and written a column about it and had it originally end there.

    SO now she’s filed a police report. There was nothing in her original column about doing that.

  • Alan down in Florida

    Just imagine that she was carrying a gun. With our (Florida’s) “Stand Your Ground Law” she could have pulled it out and killed the dude saying that she feared he would hurt her child. And it would be perfectly legal.

  • samwise343

    I would have quietly followed him to his car and taken down his license plate. Then I would have insisted that the mother call the police. They can see what he did by watching the numerous security cameras. Lo and behold I have the dude’s information to provide so they can catch that sick fuck.

  • canweriotnow

    @Alan down in Florida: If only FL’s “Stand Your Ground” law were evenly enforced. I would have thrown a damn parade if that sick fuck had gotten shot in the face for that kind of homophobic bullshit – toward a toddler, no less.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Eduardo: Eduardo… GET BENT!!! TWICE!

  • Dakotahgeo

    Other than kicking his testicles into the stratosphere, and dismembering his brain stem inch by inch, I’d calmly return to my coffee and call the police. AND apologize profusely to the Mom and little guy! What a bastard!

  • Brian

    I would have smacked the giggling girls.

  • Caliban

    Oh c’mon. This is SO fake. Place your bets.

    “The man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace-up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him.”

    She just described Larry The Cable Guy.

    I smell creative (but cliched) writing.

    Buzzfeed stories are not newsworthy unless they are confirmed, whether it’s a “closeted gay A-List actor,” some lady claiming her child was attacked in Walmart, or someone posting a transformative experience of acceptance. IF such a story gets so big it can’t be ignored then talk about the video and its “viral” nature without endorsing its claims. Say “This is getting a lot of attention now” not “this happened.” Because you don’t know that yet.

  • Kangol

    Let’s try again. I got flagged for using a strong term in my post.

    ***

    So is this real or not?

    Lord knows, if any strange man or woman laid a hand on my child in a store or taunted her or him with hom•ophobic, ra•cist or miso•gynistic nonsense, that person would be LAID THE F**K OUT.

    Mistreating any child, one’s own or someone else’s, is absolutely, completely unacceptable behavior.

  • that_dude247

    This did not happen. Good grief.

  • Teleny

    @Brian: lol. Like its any of their damn business. Hateful bitches!

  • Snapper59

    “This did not happen. Good grief.”

    Exactly. And the woman has removed many of her previous stories from her blog that cement the fact she inserts herself in the big news stories of the day.

  • Jonty Coppersmith

    So others have pointed out that this is a fake story, but it still leaves me with mixed feelings about the whole scenario. It’s great that this lady is apparently on the side of equality. One of the most important things a parent should do in raising children is to instill in them a strong sense of self esteem by encouraging them to be themselves, by praising them when they do right and lovingly correcting them when they do wrong. At the same time a parent’s very first job is to protect their children from harm as much as possible. Sadly this fake scenario would be very likely to happen in much of the country. Therefore I would carefully explain to my son that I loved him no matter what, that he could dress up at home but not out in public.

  • Snapper59

    “Sadly this fake scenario would be very likely to happen in much of the country. ”

    Saying that is like saying a two year old boy is likely to get hit on by a gay stranger in a WalMart.

  • Charli Girl

    Just keep breeding that hate on the home front Bubbas!!

  • Damien

    i really wish my husband and i were there, we have a bad habit of showing people what “faggots” can do when prompted.

  • technicolornina

    So, I’m aware the story is fake. But Queerty asked what I’d do, so . . .

    If any asshole ever tried this on one of my nieces, THAT ASSHOLE WOULD BE DEAD. He he would be on the floor with my heel in his jewels and wondering how the hell he got down there while I relieved him of a few teeth and used his head as a doorknocker (or should I say “floorknocker?”). They’d have to get security to pull me off and he’d get another good kick in the face before I left.

    I would not fucking smile and tell him I’d cut his hands off. I’D DO IT.

    Shitty mother for making up the story, would have been a shitty mother if it’d actually happened the way she describes, too.

  • Damich

    Katie…you must give your son the gift of truth and defense skills… while you may not be sure of his ‘sexuality’ or his gender identity perhaps…many can attest we knew as children we were different…there just werent words yet. I want to see a headline of “Gay Bashers Get theirs Asses Kicked” and not “Another Gay Bashing Turns Deadly”…so give him truth even now as young as he is that far off in adult life he will learn that adults can grow up sometimes to be hateful and mean over the silliest things and that he needs to learn ‘how to be tuff’ and defend himself. …be whatever sexuality or gender he is…give him the gift to defend himself eventually…with words…fists..or weapons if necessary. Your child lives in the real world and that’s the truth you should face sooner then later. Thats what I would do if I had a son. …maybe instead of ‘Princess’ it wouldn’t hurt to also play ‘Warrior Princess’…I wish him well.

  • Joetx

    Was the a-hole Ted Nugent?

  • dbmyers

    @Melanie: Any you look at it absolutely correctly! Just like bullying, if you don’t speak up you are in effect condoning the bullying. So I congratulate you on being willing to do the right thing. (I understand this is hypothetical since most here believe this is the hyped up attention getting stories of a borderline personality disorder in action). But given the hypothetical situation (and I agree it certainly is possible for such bigotry to occur), I think you have clearly the right approach. I was interested in the comment that Walmart always has security cameras filming. I would have: called the cops, called the stores security and asked the cops to apprehend and charge the perpetrator with assault against my son (using the video footage they would impound from Walmart).

  • dbmyers

    @Joetx: Certainly sounds like him! LOL

  • B Damion

    @Damien …..Hell yeah! LOL..YES GOD! That sounds like my kinda ruff necks lol…kick ass an ask questions later lol..where do I signup.

  • Jerry12

    I would have called the Police on my cell phone,and followed him to his car and gotten his License Plate number if he left the store.

    Actually I could not have done any of the above, because I do not enter Walmart stores; let alone shop in them.

  • Rico Japzon Tumilang

    Exactly what Caitlyn was saying in her speech. People need not be harsh to kids, esp this toddler whose just as innocent as the angels. Sigh! ???

  • Mike Benevenstanciano

    Must’ve felt like a real ‘man’ picking on a toddler and mom in front of a bunch of cowards at Walmart.

  • Rick Fowlie

    Tell ignorant red necks like that that ignorance is the root cause of suffering in the world. If he hadn’t sat in the back row in school eating paper maybe he wouldn’t be so stupid.

  • Auxifur Wolfgram

    Pfft. They’re just jealous because he was feeling fabulous. If someone were to say that to me, I would be like, “Bitch, you’re just jealous that I look fabulous, while you dress like you crawled out of a crack dumpster” -Walks off-

  • Daniel Alvarado

    i would deck the person for saying such a thing and doing that if the kid was mine

  • Morten Jensen

    I don´t get why wallmart did not kick his ass out. Living in Denmark, this would be unthinkable. I REALLY don´t get why nobody stepped in, during or after. I am so sad for that poor kid!

  • Rob Young

    I remember reading that this mom fabricated this story. She’s a blogger and she wanted to bring attention to herself. Idk… ijs

  • William Mc Gregor

    His ass would have been leaving Walmart in one of two ways. A stretcher or a pine box. One should not confront parents with children in a state with stand your ground laws!

  • Guy068

    @avesraggiana: Hey, don’t blame Walmart for this one. Off the top of my head I can think of nine out employees at the Super Center I work at and there has to be more since you can’t know everyone at a place like that. Absolutely no one there is judged by that one small part of who they are and a third of those are management. Two years ago we had a gay bashing at the door when we were still a twenty-four hour store and the manager on duty was on that as quick as another one had been when a man threatened his wife. Walmart is the most gay friendly employer I’ve ever had…

  • Antony Nguyen

    Huh walmarts children getting attack, them sueing their own employee for her medical treatment and won back 400k and more good news how come when i am at walmart nobody talks to me oh yeah busy shopping you assholes sheesh really faggot unreal

  • Ricco Mashatt

    There’s no way I mean no way I would allow someone to disrespect my child!

  • Dan Steele

    The shopper would have required medical attention for touching my child.

  • David Harlem

    I read the article, the man is a big FAT jackass of a redneck. The kid’s mom should have kicked the fat bastard in the balls.

  • Joe Marrazzo

    This was actually found to be a made up story, was it not?

  • Loyd Hawkins

    This man should have been charged with assaulting a minor.

  • Jerry Green

    What a douche bag. If he had done that to my child, there wouldn’t have been enough parts left of him to throw into the dumpster out back.

  • Kevin J Desmond

    The guy who did that needs to be charged with assault and battery on a child, calling him a little faggot is a hate crime. This guy needs to be in prison !!!

  • Brian Nesbitt

    It’s sad that Queerty blindly post drivel like this when 30 seconds of googling could have exposed it as fake.

  • Stephanie Kauffman

    How F*****G DISGRACEFUL , If I Where There I Would Have Torn That Person Apart For Entaganizing A Small Little Child Like That !

  • Tom Belkowski

    She should have insisted that they arrest him for physical abuse of her child. That said, why are we discussing this two year old story like it happened yesterday?

  • Nina Reyes

    *burps* white trash ass clown who did that to the baby.

  • silveroracle

    I was going to say, why weren’t the police called as that would’ve been classed as assaulting a minor?
    Hate it when these fakes try to get some publicity.

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