People Are Revealing What They Think Screams "Trashy Parent," And I Need To Know If You Find Them Sensible Or Overdramatic

Even if you don't have a child, you probably think you know what makes a "good" and "bad" parent.
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Reddit user u/odeus120 asked, "What screams trashy parents?" And people had LOTS of thoughts. Here's what they had to say:
1. "Moms who see their son's friends as competition."
—u/Jokernibbles
2. "Many years ago, when I worked at Walmart, parents would routinely take their kids to the toy department and then just walk through the store or, worse, across the street to eat or shop. It wasn't like that. It's not uncommon to see numerous unsupervised children simply ruining the toy and sporting goods department. I once pestered a manager to do something about a couple of kids who had put together a bundle of pool noodles and were running aisle after just to clear the store shelves and shit flung on the floor. The manager pulled the kids aside; the parents showed up and yelled at the children. The manager came up to me and said, 'Well I hope you're better. You made me ruin this kids night out.'"
—u/ Blame the orange juice
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3. "Swearing at the officials at a little league game. Telling your child to hit another player they tripped over.”
—u/SnooChipmunks126
“I coached T-Ball for kids who were pre-K through second grade. I had a mom inches from my face yelling at me for asking her kid to sit down for an innings...because it was hitting kids in the head (with helmets on) with a bat. It was one of the wildest things that has happened to me. Not the last though."
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4. "When their kids could literally set the world on fire and they blame others to avoid responsibility."
—u/Difficult_Shine3675
5. "Parents using their kids to get likes on TikTok."
—u/Thought Gull
6. "When the kids are sick and contagious, but the parents want to go out at night and won't tell their childcare provider that their kids are sick."
—u/Holdingpotato
“I was the babysitter in this situation. I had been babysitting a friend's kids for a weekend and a few days later I spoke to her and told her I thought I caught something. Then she said: 'Oh yes, my children have a sore throat.' Many thanks."
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7. "Parents who pretend to provide basic necessities are sort of a favor or debt that needs to be repaid."
—u/melodykk91
8. "Post videos of your child having a nervous breakdown while you make fun of them."
—u/msjammies73
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“My father always did this to me. He picked me up and laughed. I am married to my first boyfriend and very happy with two girls. My father cries to my mother because he can't see her in this world that I would expose my daughters to someone as hateful as he is."
—u/Odd_Refrigerator_823
9. "Letting siblings tease each other or getting one to hurt the other in some way. I will never forget the time I was in a moderately crowded small park. A little 3 to 5 year old followed me around as I played with my little one. I saw his family nearby so I didn't bother with him too much. I thought they would be over soon. But as I stood there, I just heard the child cry. Like soul weeping... I turn quickly and see the child, clothed, with what I assume is an older sister standing behind him and laughing. The kid was easily 13? 14? I look over at the family sitting about 10 feet away and they all laugh out loud. Mom almost fell off the bench.”
“I had no idea what to do. This poor kid was obviously traumatized. It usually happens because of his reaction (do nothing, don't ask for affection, don't run to mom for help). I was disgusted staring at the nurse with pure hatred in my eyes and she finally bent down and pulled his pants back up. Mom didn't want to look me in the eye. But they just walked away from the child, without a hug and without consideration. It broke my heart to walk away from him. Trashy-ass people.”
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10. "This is more subtle, but even if the kids look relatively okay, their pets are neglected. Someone feeds the dog, but no one bothers to train it, chip it, or do anything other than pull its collar and yell when it misbehaves. Not only are these parents likely to do the absolute bare minimum necessary to look trashy for their children, but they also don't bother to teach them about care, responsibility, or empathy for living beings that are theirs. "
—u/cosmicbergamot
11. "Coming from retail, barefoot kids. Even the most questionable mothers would put socks on their children, but those who argue with staff or get physical over perceived insults would end up with a barefoot child.”
—u/Jirachis__dick
12. "Letting your teenager smoke cigarettes. I had a few friends with parents like that growing up and thought they were great at the time. As I got older, I realized they were huge shit."
—u/Morbid187
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13. "Talking to others about your humiliating moments."
—u/llazygamer10
14. "As a teacher, every time a parent blocks the school's number. What if your child dies? What if there really is an emergency?”
—u/luckybutjinxed
15. "Social media influencers whose entire content is their children. People publicly punishing their children online. Parents who share far too many details about their children, leaving them without privacy. Child exploitation at its finest.”
-u/cock-wild
16. "Having a favorite child."
—u/Available_Dress1405
17. "Parents who let their kids kick the living shit out of the front seat, pretend they don't see, and then get mad at you for asking them to stop their kid."
—u/cheesycake93
18. "Brawling at your little kids in public. I've witnessed this a few times, but what I particularly remember is a mother calling her son a 'motherfucker' for not listening to her. The child that couldn't have it was more than 5. If she didn't know any better in public, what does that child have to endure in private?"
—u/Otherwise-Tune5413
19. "Kids wear onesies with adult jokes/sexual implications."
—u/Living_Most_7837
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20. "Parents pranking their kids to gain their clout on the internet."
—u/indiegold-
21. "Parents who, when they pick up their kids from playdates, let them take whatever toys they want from the other kids. My parents were friends with a couple who had three children who were about the age of me and my twin sisters, so sometimes they would visit us to let us play. I never really liked them and one of the reasons was that they would walk away with a bag full of toys just because the kids asked us to give them our toys and my mom thought it would be rude not to. I have no problem giving away some of my stuff, but this has happened literally every time they've come to our house. They left with a bag full of Barbies / My Little Ponies etc and the parents NEVER said anything to their kids or brought anything back. I don't know, I think it's incredibly cheap and a sign of bad parenting, and I'm still angry about it."
—u/Ok_Calligrapher5776
22. "Botting fizzy drinks always feels very somber. They have two teeth and you're already trying to ruin them."
—u/booksandplantsfan
23. "I'm going to piss some people off with this, but here it is: people posting tons of pictures of their young children on social media. The kids are obviously too young to be able to give any sort of consent. Your images were circulating, so it's really just a matter of the parents wanting attention (or ad revenue in some cases) and using their kids as a tool to get it. Wait until your kids are old enough to make their own decisions and give them a blank slate to create their own digital identity."
—u/notkevinjohn
24. "Parents kicking their kids out at 18 because 'it's time to move out.' The kid then flounders for the next decade or so."
—u/whiskeyknitting
25. "I used to work at an elementary school and tell their kids shit that goes against good manners. Example: Not throwing out trash because my dad said that's what janitors are for, or threatening a teacher because my mom said we can sue you for being a teacher, hell."
—u/MyNamesDickieStevens
What do you think is an indication that someone is a "trashy parent"? Let me know in the comments!

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