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Southwest Airlines has apologised after a member of its staff mocked a five-year-old girl's name.

Traci Redford and her daughter, Abcde (pronounced ab-si-dee), were en route home to El Paso, Texas, from California's John Wayne Airport when the incident occurred.

A gate agent allegedly began laughing and took a photo of the child's boarding pass and posted it online.

Airline spokesperson Chris Mainz offered the family a "sincere apology".
 

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The parents get what they deserve, but it was a dick move by the agent to make fun of the name right in front of the little girl. The parents are idiots, but the agent should still take some heat for being an asshole.
 

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The apology should be by the parents to the child for giving her a name that will cause decades of ridicule, embarrassment and confusion.
 

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A broad form of bullying by the airline I'd say. Doesn't matter what the little girl's name is, she's five years old. The idiot who shamed her should be canned. No more apology necessary.
 

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Unthinking parents and a mannerless airlines employee?
 

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Yup - Set your child up for ridicule and then turn to the media when it happens. However it happened, I expect that the airline clerk suspected a misprint on the ticket. I can expect nothing but negative attention wherever this child goes through her life - some will do it cruelly to her face and everyone else behind her back. What an awful thing for a parent to do - life is hard enough as it is.

How long before we see a kid named "1" getting the same attention.

(and Milk, I think your example is not damaging at all - very clever of you)
 

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Actually, I heard that they were on their way to see a hearing specialist as she is losing her hearing. With that, they are thinking of changing her name to Abcdef.
 

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Homeland security does this all day long. I got stopped at the border once and was told to go and wait. All the guards did was make fun of everyones passport pictures.
 
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