Joseph Rickey Hundley may be the luckiest man alive right now as he managed to slap a crying baby on an airplane and not immediately be pulverized by the child’s mother and the other passengers on the plane.
Americans may struggle to reach compromises when it comes to politics and agree on what certain social norms should be, but there is one thing that almost every single person in this country agrees on: do NOT mess with children.
Hundley, a 60-year-old man from Idaho, tested his luck while on board the Delta flight and although he has been charged with simple assault he still got off easy after he had the audacity to put his hands on someone else’s child.
According to the Associated Presss, Hundley was sitting on the plane next to 33-year-old Jessica Bennett when her baby started crying. While sitting next to a crying baby can be a bit irritating sometimes, the plane was actually descending and getting ready to land – which meant that the elderly fellow only had a few more minutes to be on board the plane anyway.
Besides, even as adults we hate when our ears pop on an airplane. Can you really expect a baby not to cry when the same thing happens to him?
Well for some reason Joseph decided that having a little peace and quiet during landing was more important than the child’s well being so he took matters into his own hands.
In court documents Bennett said that Mr. Hundley told her to “shut that ni**a baby up” before he reached over and slapped her 2-year-old son across the face.
The slap even left a small scratch under the baby’s eye.
Now do you see why he’s the luckiest man alive? Hundley actually found one of the rare mothers who decided not to try to find a way to throw him off the plane or have someone cover her son’s eyes while she returned the slap. Of course, Jessica made the right decision and I admire her for that – I’m just saying it couldn’t have been me.
Needless to say Hundley is denying all accusations and swears that the child’s mother is lying to the courts and the press.
The Idaho man’s version of events claims that he never touched the child and that he politely “asked the mother to quiet the child.”
We’re not even going to go into how big of a lie that must be because passengers on board the plane revealed the situation caught their attention after they heard “derogatory language” being used.
The baby assaulter even had the audacity to describe himself as a victim, saying it was “distraught” on board the plane. When alcohol came into question he promised that he only had one drink, but the courts might not be so willing to accept that story after they looked into his records.
Hundley has a few other small charges under his belt including a DUI back in March of 2012.