An American airline has been forced to apologize after a mother filed a complaint claiming a staff member derided the name of her daughter … named Abcde.
The complaining mother, Traci Redford, is now being widely ridiculed on social media for naming her now 5-year-old son Abcde – which is of course pronounced Ab-city. Many users on Twitter were not surprised by the reaction of airline employees to the name, while others questioned why mothers think of naming their children after the first five letters of the alphabet is a good idea.
According to Redford, a shy Southwest Airlines employee started laughing, pointing to mother and child, talking to other staff about it, and even taking photos of children's boarding passes. Images that mock the name are posted on social media – where it is seen by someone who knows the family.
When I type "Abcde" into my cellphone, autocorrects to spell "abuse" just says …
– ProfessorXover 2K19 (@WahzizNaim) 30 November 2018
Redford told ABC7 announcer that his son was confused as to why the staff member was mocking him. "He said: & # 39; Mom, why is he laughing at my name? & # 39; And I say not everyone is good and not everyone will be good and that is very unfortunate. "
The Texas mother also claimed that within two weeks of her complaint, the airline failed to act or respond.
-Send his child for a lifetime by naming him after the first five letters of the freakin alphabet & saying the name is pronounced "ab-city"
-Acknowledging Southwest's employees is a big stingy in this situation to his daughter for laughing at that name
– bebe (@bebeondack) 30 November 2018
Someone seriously named their child "ABCDE?" This was pronounced "ab-city." ?♂️ #nothisisntajoke
– Sir Smitty the Yankee (@SmittytheYankee) 30 November 2018
Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz offered the family a "Sincere apology" in a statement to Buzzfeed News. Mainz added that employee social media posts "Show no care, respect, and courtesy" expected from airline staff.
Data from 2014 shows that the rather unique name Abcde was shared by 328 other people in the US.
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