What’s really in a name, ey?
A lot, really; could you imagine a world without them?
Trying to catch the attention of your friend – you’re screwed.
Filling out a form – logistical nightmare.
Yep, society would implode.
But in this day and age, names are getting more and more zany, which may or may not have started with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow calling their daughter Apple.
However, one girl’s name in particular, Abcde, has caused a stir, as her mum said she was laughed at by airline staff on social media because of it.
Abcde – pronounced ‘Ab-city’ – was flying with her mum, Traci Redford, from John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, Florida to El Paso, Texas when the alleged incident happened.
Abcde and Traci were boarding the Southwest Airlines flight early because Abcde has epilepsy, and it was at that point Traci claims a member of the team laughed after reading the name printed on her daughter’s boarding pass.
Speaking to abc7 (is that her cousin?), Traci said: “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.”
Apparently she did overhear, with Traci continuing: “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 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. And after two weeks of doing a formal complaint, Southwest hadn’t done anything.”
When the news broke, airline spokesperson Chris Mainz offered the family a “sincere apology”.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Mr Mainz said the employee’s social media post “is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility” the airline expects.
“We take great pride in extending our Southwest hospitality to all of our customers,” the statement reads.
Apparently, though, Vocativ, a news and data website, published a piece in 2014 saying there were at that time 328 children in the US named “Abcde”, so actually it’s not that rare.
Still, you’re asking for it if you call your kid Abcde.
I agree with this guy:
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.