Southwest Airlines has issued an apology after one of its employees openly mocked a five-year-old passenger called Abcde.
As years and decades pass, the human race goes through trends. Whether its music, clothes, hairstyles, these things all come and go with the passing of time. All too often we see photos of ourselves from 10, 20, or 30 years ago and wonder what on Earth we were thinking. However, these things tend to work in cycles.
Clothes that were popular in the 1970s have come back around and are cool once again in the present day. This process also applies to a lot of names. You might hear what a friend or family member has named their newborn child and feel as if you have to talk them out of it. However, it is their choice, and some names are going to sound strange when they first become fashionable.
Name shaming? This Texas woman claims a @SouthwestAir agent made fun of her 5-year-old daughter's name as they were preparing to board their flight at @JohnWayneAir in Orange County.— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 28, 2018
Her daughter's name is Abcde (pronounced Ab-city). @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/iHpBPoakYI
What most of us wouldn't do to a child with an out of the ordinary name is point at them and laugh. We say most because that's exactly what a Southwest Airlines employee did to one of the company's five-year-old passenger. Abcde (pronounced "ab-city") Redford was about to fly to El Paso, Texas, with her mom when she was openly ridiculed for her unique name, reports ABC 7.
The employee saw Abcde's name on her passport and began to audibly laugh, loud enough for both the little girl and her mom to hear. Said employee then proceeded to take a photo of the passport and posted it on Facebook. When Abcde asked her mom why the Southwest employee found her name so amusing, she replied: "not everybody is nice, and not everyone’s gonna be nice and it’s unfortunate."
Southwest Airlines has apologized to Abcde and her mother, but it is not part of the company's policy to divulge how it has dealt with the employee in question. It's not the first time an employee of Southwest has been in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Recently, a Southwest baggage handler at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was caught on camera throwing a box labeled "living fish." Not a good look.