A recent survey in the UK highlighed a problem of ‘buggy rage’, or being subjected to verbal (and sometimes physical) abuse as a result of using a buggy.
The survey noted instances of buggies being blocked and mums being subjected to verbal abuse by bus drivers and, surprisingly, other mums. One mum even reported having her nose broken while shopping in a supermarket. The most prevalent reported offenders seem to be eldery people, with two-thirds of respondents saying the offender was an elderly person.
While most mums report only having experienced this on one occasion, it is worth noting that it’s a problem that could occur at any moment and is likely to come out of the blue. Being forwarned is to be forearmed, so hopefully if you experience it, you can recognise it for what it is and keep your cool. Some people just don’t realise the difficulties that are faced by parents on a daily basis – just think, it’s them - not you - and move on!
If this happens in the UK, it's likely that someone, somewhere, has experienced it in Ireland. We ask - how much of a problem is this in Ireland?