Florida Mother Of Three Attacked In Front Of Her Kids Before Christmas Over Parking Job



Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year. Or rather, the most rage inducing, apparently. A mother in Lake Mary, Florida (I know, it’s ALWAYS Florida) was brutally beaten up by a group of woman over a supposed shoddy parking job, in front of her 9-year-old daughter and 5-month-old twins. Stay classy, Florida.

Christine Beckwith was on her way home from bringing her three kids to see a holiday light show. She had just returned to her parked her car, and started to get her kids in when a passerby started in on her for parking her car over the yellow line. Beckwith claims that she told the woman she would was leaving as soon as she secured her kids, but according to Beckwith, this wasn’t good enough. The woman and her friends jumped out of their respective cars and started beating the everloving hell out of her. Because that is totally an understandable way to deal with a situation like that.

According to Beckwith:

“The one [woman] had grabbed me and pushed me down to the trunk of her car and held me while the other girl punched me in the face and scratched my face and pulled my hair out.”

The worst part of this whole ordeal was that Beckwith’s 9-year-old witnessed the whole thing, and reportedly screamed the entire time, saying things like “don’t touch my mommy,” and “leave her alone.” The girl was so traumatized by the incident that she decided that the woman should get the worst punishment a little kid can think of – ending up on Santa’s naughty list.

She wrote:

Dear Santa, Today my mom, Christine, got physically hurt by a woman. I want you to put her on the naughty list! She had long black curly hair, no tattoos, black shirt, jeans, and cruddy attitude!!!’

What an awesome kid. I think it;s hilarious that she mentioned there being no tattoos especially, because it does seem like someone who would beat up a young mother over a parking job would have a few tats, right?

Understandably, Beckwith is worried that anyone who would beat someone up over a parking situation may strike again. Because of course they will. According to reports, the suspects drove away in two separate cars, and apparently someone literally ran behind the car covering the license plate with a rag. What?

One of the cars was a Honda Civic with a Christmas wreath on the front, which is apparently the main attacker’s vehicle.
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  • Asia Woodley

    What!?? These people were out for something else, I sense gang initiation or something. The Holidays anger me but not to this extent

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Some of the commenters on various stories about this have said they wonder if the mother had said more to the group than she’s saying. It certainly shouldn’t matter, I don’t think any amount of verbal sparring makes someone deserve to get beaten up, of course. But I wonder if there is more to it.

    • Gangle

      I would believe that people would get that psychotic over a car park. In my town people are terrible about parking. A couple of weeks ago one lady in my town was vilified by what seemed like the whole town for parking in a disabled car park outside of a hospital. Her photo and licence was pasted all over the internet and she even ended up on local tv. She (and the hospital) ended up coming forward to sort the whole thing out. Apparently she had very badly burnt her foot and had phoned ahead to the hospital to find out what to do, who gave her to park in the disabled spot when she got there to prevent her from having to walk a long distance on her injury. But, someone who had way too much time on their hands staked her car out and secretly took photos of her when she got back to paste over the internet whilst calling her the most abhorrent names and accusing her of all sorts of things without stopping to find out what was really going on.

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    • cabecb

      It is funny how easy it is to twist a story with only a picture. With the internet a lie can spread that much faster. That is kind of scary how easy that story got twisted.

    • Gangle

      I was sort of shocked.. I mean, even if she just parked there because she thought she could sneak in and out without anybody noticing (and I do *not* condone able-bodied people taking disabled parking spots at all – it is inconsiderate and selfish), I still think it is an extreme reaction. I mean, couldn’t the guy who spotted her have just left a passive aggressive note, or, if he felt that strongly, contacted hospital security or something? The stupid thing is, it all got out of hand over a local facebook page that was originally dedicated to posts about local parking fails.. I never thought that was a subject that would cause such an emotional response from people.

  • Lindsay

    I’m starting to think that everyone on the planet needs one of these tattooed on their arms at all times.

  • Megan

    This entire thing sounds really fishy. From the supposedly completely unprovoked beating to the obviously fake letter from the little kid. I mean, come on, children don’t use the language used in that letter, give me a break.

    • Gangle

      Oh come on. Even if the victim provoked them into an argument, surely you can agree that holding someone down and beating them is an extreme and unnecessary response. And the picture of the note looks pretty real to me…

    • Megan

      It IS an extreme response, and I wasn’t implying she deserved it by any means, just that she probably wasn’t all “oh, golly, sorry ’bout that, ladies” and then got slugged. And just because a kid physically writes something doesn’t mean the thoughts and choice of words were their own.

    • Gangle

      To be honest, if a group of women I didn’t know approached me to bitch at me about my parking, I wouldn’t be ‘golly gosh, I’m sorry’ either. I would get defensive tell them to bug off and find something better to do, because that is a normal response to being unexpectedly verbally attacked by strangers. And I do tend to believe her side of the story… The normal response most people have to bad parking is to swear their head off and leave, or leave a note on the offending car and leave. People don’t stake out a car in ambush like that unless they intend for something to go down – either verbally or physically. They had given themselves time to stew and get nice and angry by the time this woman unexpectedly walked into it.

  • Kay_Sue

    Well, thank you very much, Florida.