Frankly I think the dude has problems. Why the hell would you ever slap a 2 year old in the face, let alone someone ELSES 2 year old. I get the toddler was crying/screaming in the store. It annoys me and I have a 19 month old. The thing is, they are a toddler, they don't know better and can't control it. They get upset, they cry, simple as that.
The radio around me was talking about it a lot. Basically the concensus of parents is you never do that and that young children cry, the concensus of non-parents is "Good for him, I'd have slapped the kid too".
A lot of people argued "Well, she should have made the kid be quite"...she is 2, you can't simply wave a magic wand and make the kid calm down. You can try, but if they are hell bent on being upset, nothing you can do will calm/quite them down other then letting them wind down on their own. The next was "Well she should have taken her out of the store", yeah because its so easy to instantly drop what you are doing, grab your kid and leave the store. If they are throwing one hell of a tempertantrum and you just can't get them calmed down no matter what, sure yeah, I probably would take my kid out of the store as well till they could calm down. I wouldn't immediately drop everything and head for the exit. Crap, if nothing else in a big store like Target or Walmart, by the time I walked out of the store they very well might have calmed down. So what's the point?
Next the arguement from a few non-parents was "well they are ruining my experience"...what experience, your not at the movies, you didn't pay to "have a quite, enchanting shopping experience". If actually took my toddler to the movies (which I wouldn't, ahem some parents I see with 2 and 3 year olds at rater R movies!) and they started throwing a fit, damn well I'd immediately take them out. There is a hell of a difference.
The final arguement of non-parents was "Well if the parent isn't going to do anything about it I should". Ah, sorry, no. Not your kid. If they are litterally running wild knocking things over, running in to you, etc...fine grab them and draw my attention to it (not that I'd ever let my kid do something like that). You don't hit them and you don't discipline them other then maybe a verbal lashing (IE ' hey kid, cut that out'
. If you want to stand by the argument "well if the parent isn't going to do anything about it I should"...okay you want to stand by that, fine next time I see you doing anything stupid I'll bitch slap you. I mean obviously you didn't stop yourself from doing something stupid or annoying to me, time I discipline you with a little backhand.