There was a story going around social media last week about an employee at Dunkin’ Donuts Hamra who beat up a Syrian child beggar. There were pictures of both the boy and the employee circling with the story. Since then, there have been claims that the boy wasn’t beaten as bad as the pictures showed, that the employee in the picture wasn’t actually the one who hit him, and that the one who did had been fired.
When Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t apologize right away, calls to boycott the chain were made. I don’t know what parts of the story are true, nor am I judging whether the idea of a boycott makes sense. What I was absolutely flabbergasted by were all of those actually defending the employee who allegedly beat up the boy. Not defending him in an “innocent until proven guilty” way… but actually defending his right to hit the child.
So according to the masses on facebook, when is it okay to hit a child?
1. When he is rude.
4. When he is bad for your business.
5. When he is inside a cafe/restaurant/store/building.
6. (And my “favorite”) When he is a refugee from a country that used to oppress you.
Thankfully, there were some arguing with these idiots that no matter what he had done, no one should ever hit a child. But still. What a messed up world this is.