An Alabama mother, furious at her kids’ behavior in a movie theater, used social media to find the customer whose movie they ruined, and then paid for another movie out of her misbehaving kids’ allowance, KABC (Los Angeles) is reporting.
Kyesha Smith Wood says she dropped off teenage daughter and stepdaughter at a screening of Cinderella. During the movie, her son would later tell her, the two girls were “rude” and “obnoxious” throughout the movie.
At least one customer asked the girls to be quiet, and when they didn’t, the customer confronted the girls after the movie.
“After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her.”
Ms. Wood was furious at her daughters’ behavior, according to The Birmingham News, and went to social media to try to make things right. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, the Alabama mom reached out to the patrons who may have been at the movie theater that day.
“This is a long shot, but I’m looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7 pm. I dropped my teenage daughter, step daughter, and son off at the movie. My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie. The woman I’m looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful. After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her. If you are this woman, please message me. I can assure you that these girls are being strongly dealt with and appropriately punished. This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology. My husband and I are having them write your apology letter tonight and we would like to pay for your next movie and snacks out of their allowance. Please message me if this is you. I apologize profusely for their disrespect.”
Kyesha’s shot-in-the-dark actually worked – the local sheriff shared her post, and eventually the offended customer, later identified as Rebecca Boyd, was able to contact Kyesha.
“[I’ve learned] that as parents we need to support each other. The girls are not bad, they made bad choices. I am overwhelmed by all the love and support! This is something my daughter Ashley and I will never forget.”
In an encouraging turn of events, since Ms. Wood’s Facebook post went viral, Rebecca’s husband has been getting job offers.
As for Ms. Wood’s misbehaving teen daughters, it seems that they’ve learned a valuable lesson from this viral story in creative parenting.
“My girls are so mortified. They are humiliated. And that’s OK because I told them, ‘you know what, you’re not going to do this again.’”
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