Received Tuesday, September 30, 2008.
I was just walking by 85th and York on the UES. A big (6 feet 250 pounds) Jamaican (heavy accent) looking woman with her small child was walking 2 girls, about 9 or 10 years old, either to or from school. Well, the young boy (about 5 or 6) saw a group of pigeon, run and started kicking them! I told him in loud voice (not screaming on purpose) not to do that. Well the big woman turned around in anger stating "He's just playing" "Don't tell my son what to do". I replied "kicking animals is not playing but it is cruel behavior". She ran towards the birds herself, leaving behind the boy and the 2 girls under her care, the children looked scared by now. I yelled "Are you going to kick the birds too?" She stopped and just made hand movements and noises to scare the birds. I told her "You should not be teaching hate to the children", "People with morals do not condone that kind of behavior in a child" "Ugly and hateful people abuse a small animal that has done nothing to them". She got even more pissed off, with flames coming out of her eyes. She walked fast ahead of me cursing under her breath. Then she crossed the street, towards East End Ave, talking to the kids and looking back and pointing at me. Some people might not think it is a big deal for a young child to kick a distracted pigeon (which indicates the child is already full of rage and hate and lacks respect for animals), but I would never let an angry, abusive person like this woman look over my children.