Mother Outraged After Airline Employee Name-Shames Daughter She Named 'Abcde'

November 30, 2018


This is a video news report about Traci Redford's recent experience with a Southwest Airlines gate agent at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, who she claims name-shamed her daughter after seeing her boarding pass, because Traci named her Abcde. Traci says her daughter's name is pronounced Ab-city, which sounds like a very unfortunate mashup between abscess and obesity. Details at eleven:

"The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, 'Hey if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I'd appreciate if you'd just stop,'" Traci Redford said.

"While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter. It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines.

Redford said she's using this experience as a lesson for her daughter.

"She said 'Mom, why is she laughing at my name?' And I said, 'Not everyone is nice and not everyone is going to be nice and it's unfortunate.'

While I could never condone making fun of a child in front of them (and certainly not for something they have zero control over), the reason that lady was laughing at your name is because your mom was ridiculous enough to name you the first five letters of the alphabet. Also, I'm fairly certain if there was any fun being made of someone it was of mother and not child. Why did you name your daughter Abcde anyways -- that's what I really want to know. Was it because it's so unique? Because, perhaps even sadder if that is the case, according to the Social Security Administration almost 330 people living in the US have been given the name Abcde, proving to at least one blogger he's already 320-something Abcde's late on leaving this dumbass planet.

Keep going for the video news report while I secretly hope and pray her middle name is Fghij and she marries a Klmno.

Thanks to Jessica W and hairless, who agree Traci should have really gotten creative and used wingdings.

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  • BookCake

    The phonetic alphabet's overrated anyway. And why call it the English Language, shouldn't it be Americanese?

  • Jenness

    The actual story is NOT the fact this kid got made fun of - it's the fact the employee took a freaking picture of the boarding pass w/a one in a million name and POSTED it to social media.

    You're not supposed to even tell people you're on vacation because of thieves much less post a boarding pass of a client with a one-in-a-million name to alert everyone that someone is not home and their stuff is up for grabs. I'd sue the pants off of them for exposing my child and home to risk like that. I would expect the laughter and even odd looks or comments - but going that far is just ridiculous.

  • Kelly

    Stupid people. She wasnt mocking your daughter. She was mocking you for giving your daughter such a odd name. And how dumb you were for not knowing how giving your child extremely unusual to the point its downright silly. Can cause that name to be joked about.

  • AtomicMountain

    A teacher told me about two other student names she's seen: K.E, pronounced "Kaydottie" and Le-a, pronounced "Ledasha".

  • lushkneebumbuild
  • Eric Ord

    Comment #50

    Stay mad

  • Closet Nerd

    She should sue for $12345

  • lushkneebumbuild

    only 12k? the filing fee on the namechange form alone eats up $500 of that, and the lawyer'll take half the rest at least

  • lushkneebumbuild

    not the worst name i've seen. not even the worst i've seen irl (at least melena was almost certainly unintentionally bad, and not so obvious until she gets old enough to 'google' her own name out of boredom instead of doing her job)

  • lushkneebumbuild

    should have just named the kid in a dead language's alphabet and said it was pronounced "rune", at least that's sortof a word

  • lushkneebumbuild

    Redford said she's using this experience as a lesson for her daughter.

    "She said 'Mom, why is she laughing at my name?' and Redford said, "Girl, this world is rough And if you're gonna make it you gotta be tough; And I might not always be there to help ya along. So I gave ya that name 'fore I said goodbye, I know you'll either get tough or die; 'Cause I'm the bitch that named you "Abcde". now get on the plane sweetie, mommy will miss seeing you grow up but she has other things to do with her life you know?

  • lushkneebumbuild

    i thought they made imminent mothers fill out these forms before they gave them the drugs?

  • sizzlepants

    Words are spelled a certain way for a reason. Names are just identifying words. Abcde does not spell anything besides the start of the alphabet. If this moron wanted to name her child the pronunciation she claims, she could have spelled her name Absitty or something similar. Still looks dumb but at least it's pronounceable instead of looking like a pretentious intentional typo.

  • lushkneebumbuild

    >Words are spelled a certain way for a reason.

    to be fair most of those reasons are stupid.

    (weird semi-vestigial letters like q, linguistic drift and shifts in pronunciation, a shift from one alphabet to another halfway through, loan words from various other languages with spelling conventions of their own and a few that originally used a different alphabet or at least accent marks we don't have, overly ambitious linguists 'discovering' greek or latin roots to words even if they never actually had them, another major pronunciation drift, an inbred queen overly fond of french, some dutch printing press mogul decided english didn't really need that "extra" letter afterall but with no plan on how to replace it, early america wanting a unique identity from england, brittan changing everything slightly for absolutely no reason, edition wars between different dictionary companies, drift again, etc)

  • lushkneebumbuild
  • Matt

    don't fucking give zero effort in naming your daughter then... fghij

  • lushkneebumbuild

    at least it wasn't "7"

  • Oscar perez

    The mother is the first on responsible for this kid future torture, school will be a miserable time for this girl as we all know other kids are cruel and will make fun of her on daily bases she is the guilty person here.
    what was she thinking? that this was funny?

  • lushkneebumbuild

  • Elak Swindell

    Nothing more to say here that hasn't already been noted below in the comments. Just another stupid name to add to my always growing list of dumb name's given to people, which is up to 2,904. Would have been hilariously bad if her last name was "Alphabet".

  • lushkneebumbuild

    bad? or the only thing that'd make the name salvageable?

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