A few years ago me and my husband were standing in line to be sat at a restaurant with my 7 year old nephew. There was about 20 of my husband's family members there as well but we had been separated from the rest of the group. Since me and my husband had only been married a few weeks at that time, I wasn't familiar with many of the family members.
A man standing in line next to my nephew overheard that it was my nephew's birthday that day and he grabbed my nephew and gave him a gruff hard birthday spanking. I laughed it off thinking the man was a family member. I quietly asked my husband who the man was and he shrugged and said he didn't know. WHAT?!?!?!
After the meal me and my husband got into a terrible argument about the incident. I thought it was WILDLY inappropriate for a stranger to give a 7 year old boy a birthday spanking and that he should have punched the man in the face for touching him. My husband's argument was that there's nothing wrong with a stranger giving a kid a birthday spanking, the man was harmless and that the problem with humanity is that we don't trust each other enough.
With all the pedophiles and creeps out there why take the risk?!?! I lost so much sleep over that situation and as you can see, four years later it still haunts me. We were supposed to protect our nephew and we possibly could have let some pervert get off on spanking him while we stood there and watched.
We told my nephew's stepmother about the situation and she shrugged it off as well. I was the only person bothered by the situating.
How do you feel about this? Would you be freaked out or do you think it's ok for strangers to "birthday spank" a kid?
EDIT: For those of you unfamiliar with the term - a "birthday spanking" is, simply put, when you spank a child on their birthday. You give them one swat on the botton for each year, and "one to grow on" - an extra swat. It's not uncommon and it's supposed to be funny and harmless; usally done by parents or close family.