Stranger Livid To See Baby On Airport Floor, Snaps A Pic & Mom Fights Back Publicly
FaithTap Staff 10/4/2017
Shaming people in public has gotten much easier over the years thanks to the invention of the smartphone. This handheld computer can not only snap high-quality photos, but thanks to the Internet, it can also spread that visual across the globe in mere seconds. With one push of a button, anyone can post a photo or story for the world to see. In the wrong hands though, the Internet can haunt a person for a very, very long time, and there's not much you can do about it.
New mom Molly Lansing learned this lesson the hard way, after a stranger snapped a photo of her and her baby that instantly went viral. The photo painted a very ugly picture of the mom, and she hasn't been able to escape the humiliation since.
Not only did the woman post this photo without permission, but she had no idea what was really going on on the other side of the camera. Had she known, she probably never would have taken it in the first place.
Last year, new mom Molly Lansing was at a Colorado airport with her then 2-month-old baby girl. When a stranger caught sight of Molly, she was looking at her smartphone like a zombie, and little Anastasia was sprawled out on a blanket on the floor.
Sadly, humans tend to pass judgement very quickly. Not only was Molly judged based on just one single moment in time, but the nasty opinions that accompany it are still spreading like wildfire, including this recent photo caption:
"Albert Einstein said, "I fear the day that technology will take on our humanity... the world will be populated by a generation of idiots."
Once you realize the real truth behind the situation depicted in the photo, you may actually find the message prophetically ironic, in that the person was unknowingly directing it towards themselves.
You see, poor Molly was exhausted, only this wasn't just normal new-mommy exhaustion. She was trying to get back home to her family, but was one of the unlucky passengers that had become stranded after Delta Airlines experienced a computer crash last year. Over 1,700 flights were cancelled over the course of two days, and Molly had been stuck in the airport for over 20 hours.
Any mother will tell you that it's impossible to hold a baby for that long, especially when you're trying to juggle all the chaos happening around you at the same time. So, when little Anastasia needed to lay down and stretch, Molly decided to use the rare opportunity of "quiet time" to contact family back home. She told TODAY Parents:
"Anastasia had been held or in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. She needed to stretch. And I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were."
It wasn't until a few months later that Molly discovered a photo of her circulating online, and she had even been identified by name. As a pediatric nurse, she was afraid that her coworkers or boss would see it, and she'd get fired from her job. Thankfully, that never happened.
Although there are many detractors out there who are are quick to criticize, there are also many supportive moms out there who don't even need to know the full story. They already know what it's like to just be a mother, including Mary Katherine Backstrom of Mom Babble:
"We do not snap photos of exhausted mothers in the airport and shame them publicly. This is gross and needs to stop. I've been this woman. My flight delayed, running on zero sleep, fearful that my baby might slip straight from my arms and onto the floor if I nodded off ... I wish she knew that there are mamas who understand exhaustion and imperfection and don't choose to pounce someone in their weakest moment."
Molly was instantly shamed by thousands of people that she had never met. In the digital online world, all it takes is one photo or comment to ruin another person's life forever. The lesson to be learned here is a very old one - don't judge a book by its cover, and leave the gossiping to the ugly trolls.